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Yates-American Machine Co., Inc.
Beloit, WI; Roscoe, IL; Liberty, NC

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Jointer
Machine Size: 6"
Submitted By: Pete Bradley
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: J-136 Jointer
Date of Manufacturer: 1950s?
Serial Number: unknown - tag missing
Last Updated 12/6/2015 7:26:36 PM

I found this machine in a local ad. The previous owner had never used it due to severe vibration, which was caused by a combination of a bad belt and shot motor bearings. It also has a crack in one of the outfeed table ways that I missed but that doesn't affect it in use. Besides missing the angle/depth scales and a handle, it was complete and original including the factory spatter paint. It came with a GE mag starter that's in very good shape. The table is 50" long. For $100 I think I got a fair deal.

The motor it came with was a Delta 1/2 HP of similar vintage. At some time in its past it had been violently rebuilt, but it was fixable. I've since upgraded to a similar vintage 3/4 HP craftsman motor which does a better job when face jointing or putting flats on logs for resawing.

In the pictures, the right-hand door and another label from the right hand side of the cabinet have been removed to enable repair work.

The cutterhead bearings are 88503 and were very easy to replace. I got a nearly identical replacement handle from McMaster.

The adjustable handles are a unique design. The bodies are turned from aluminum bar stock rather than diecast. The bottoms have a channel that fits the head of a bolt. The head of the bolt has a tapped hole in it for a screw to hold it in the body. A black bakelite handle screws into the body at an angle. I can only think this design was to avoid the cost of making molds for diecast handles.

Another uncommon feature of this machine is the shear cutting fence. The fence has two slides, a normal one perpendicular to the table and one 10 degrees off from it. The idea is you could get a shearing cut with the fence in the angled position.

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Comments: Yates-American J-136
Source: my photo
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Comments: Fence set for shear cut
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