This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: billg@theShire.WV.TEK.COM (Bill Goodway)
>Can anyone tell me about the Rockwell/Delta 4" jointer BX-8464?
>I have a chance to buy this jointer and I understand it is
>about 15-20 years old, made with real metal.
I have a Rockwell/Delta 4" jointer. It is also about 15-20 years old.
I bought it about a year ago from an elderly man who was getting rid
of his shop equipment. I paid $150 for it. It was in excellent shape and
well taken care of. He had made a solid welded steel stand for the unit
and bought a new motor and belt to drive it with. He even had the original
manual. I don't know the model number off-hand to see if it's the same as the
one you are looking at but it should be close.
I have used it over the past year for mainly jointing edges. Many times
after cutting to the outside of a line on bandsawed material I'll make
one or two light passes on the jointer to smooth the edge nicely. While
not a super-heavy production machine it is more than sufficient for the
home shop and of much better quality than most of the 4" jointers on
the market today.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Games Wizard)
Date: 31 Oct 89 21:57:55 GMT
In article <5168@orca.WV.TEK.COM>, billg@theShire.WV.TEK.COM (Bill Goodway) writes:
> Can anyone tell me about the Rockwell/Delta 4" jointer BX-8464?
> I have a chance to buy this jointer and I understand it is
> about 15-20 years old, made with real metal. I am a casual woodworker,
Having just bought an old 10" jointer, there are some things to look at
before you decide whether or not yoiu even want it.
First get out a VERY straight edge (whatever you trust as being TRUE ), and
lay it on the jointer bed. Your work is only as good as that bed. If it
is warped, forget the entire deal. ( If it is warped a little tiny bit,
then talk the guy down in price. )
The other things to do are to look at it for signs of abuse, cracked paint
surfaces may be a sign that it was dropped. Are there sticky places in the
parts that travel? If there are, and you still want it, use these to lower
As to price, in my book, anything used should sell for just about 1/2
of new. Unless of cource it is virgin condition, used only 4 hours, etc...
But this is 15 years old... So, is the guy the original owner? If he is, he
paid full price for it, and may not want to sell it to cheap, if he is the
second owner or later, chances are that he paid less for it, and may be willing
to part with it for less.
As you may have noticed, I really don't know what it is worth, but after
calling and getting the price on a new one, and then looking at it carefully,
I would know what I would pay for it.