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    Gareth
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    Old Homecraft Tools

    Is anyone familiar with these old homecraft tools?

    http://www.owwm.com/PhotoIndex/detail.asp?ID=362

    Are they any good?

    Gareth

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    Where the heck would you ever get them, other than an old, used unit.
    They are probably pretty old, sold by one source and were built with a homeshop, in mind. They were probably a cheap alternative to buying individual machines. Looks like the used the same power source and would have been a pain to switch from one machine to another. Right now, my guess would be that there is more value as antiques than there would be in buying for use. A Shopsmith or Supershop would be about the same equivelent in power and a lot easier to use. They were probably out of production, at least forty years ago. Delta and Sears used to sell the same kind of units, up to WW2.

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    >Where the heck would you ever get them, other than an old,
    >used unit.
    >They are probably pretty old, sold by one source and were
    >built with a homeshop, in mind. They were probably a cheap
    >alternative to buying individual machines. Looks like the
    >used the same power source and would have been a pain to
    >switch from one machine to another. Right now, my guess
    >would be that there is more value as antiques than there
    >would be in buying for use. A Shopsmith or Supershop would
    >be about the same equivelent in power and a lot easier to
    >use. They were probably out of production, at least forty
    >years ago. Delta and Sears used to sell the same kind of
    >units, up to WW2.

    Since it's obvious you don't know a dang thing about them, why'd ya even post???

    3 "probably's", a "looks like", and a "my guess" pretty much equal a "I have no clue" doesn't it?


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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    I'll chim in with the i don't have a clue crowd :) but add a different direction...

    Aren't the older machines made with a bit different iron - I have read (how accurate the source...? don't know) that older machines were made from better quality metal. In my gut I'd rather have an older machine than something new - but that typically affords me the option of complaining and pullign out my hair if I have to "tune it up" which most older michines are more likely to need - depending on how they've been kept up. Those look pretty nice though - newer motor and your off n runnin :)

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    I passed on a combo TS/jointer/Drill press last year. Delta built these for the Home hobby shop. Might be hard to get parts for them now, but they were very well built. Solid little units. The saw used an 8" blade, jointer was 4", so it was a little undersized for what I would wanted it for. Would be a great little unit for saomeone with little to know room though.
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    Sonny Edmonds
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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    Yeah, they were distributed by Mongomery-Ward Stores.
    Who made them I don't know.
    I had one of those 4" jointers for a short while. The Brother-in-law came up with it. He was moving and sold it to me.
    It had no fence and was otherwise pretty thrashed, but it still worked and jointed wood. Had a cogged, also known as a Gilmer, belt.
    I gave it away and bought a real joiner.

    And that's not guesses, it's hard fact.

    :D

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    I have a drill press (Walker-Turner) and a metal lathe that are some 70 years old or so, and they run circle around my new stuff. I have not heard of Homecraft, I would need to put my ands on them and run a piece of wood over it. And the "old stuff" I own are wonderful machines.

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    Gareth, I've never owned Homecraft per se, but I've seen 'em around once in a while. I don't think there's anything pictured in that link that I'd be in the slightest unhappy or embarrassed to own. That's heavy old iron there... better than some of my own equipment.

    Nothin' particularly scary about older equipment. Sometimes it's a little hard to get parts - but the same holds true for new equipment too, after a couple of years.

    To add a little perspective, my metal lathe was made in 1909... almost a full century ago. It's better than the ones up at the machine shop where I do occasional work for pay.

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    Look At The Pictures, again

    I never complained about old machinery. I have a Walker/Turner 6" joiner. I would not trade it for a NEW 8" joiner. My point is, the machines in the pictures ARE quite small. Yes, a person, with a little work, can get them going and probably very well. BUT, after ALL that work, he will STILL be using a 4" joiner, an 8" tablesaw,etc.etc.etc. Although they are better built than new ones, they are still BENCHTOP machines. These machines WERE designed for economics MORE than power. I can't say that for my joiner, or your D.P. and Lathe.

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    RE: Old Homecraft Tools

    Seems to me that I read somewhere recently that cast iron needs to be aged for a period of time (measured in years if I'm not mistaken) before the surfaces are trued. This was done on older machines as part of the manufacturing process. Companies making machines currently don't age the castings, but that could very well be due to newer technology in manufacturing and in the actual casting processes. I do know that there is a lot of older iron out there still chugging away without a whole bunch of buzzers and bells. Simple, basic machines, sturdily built to last forever.

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