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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: Alan DuBoff
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: J31 Jointer 42" table
Date of Manufacturer: 1944
Serial Number: B-21427
Last Updated 7/24/2018 6:22:24 AM

The jointer came from the California Maritime Academy, and has every bit the Yates-American feel to it, Even though it is only a 1/2 HP 3 phase motor, The motor was made for Yates-American by Louis Allis, per the motor plate. it's really industrial for a 6" jointer. The cutter head is solid and smooth as silk.

It's a shame it doesn't have the original cool art decco base...but it's still a nice little jointer. Yates-American machinery is always welcome in my shop.

The California Maritime Academy, a piece of the U.S. Navy, added the base. Yates-American did sell jointers without the base, so it's possible that this was sold without one. The base has a dust box built into it.

Nice tilting cast iron fence, with ample height and quite long for a 6" jointer fence.

This is a 42" table. The J31 was manufactured in 36", 42", and 50" lengths.

A nice small jointer. Small jointers are hard to find in the wild on the older industrial type machines like this one.

You can see more pics at: http://www.softorchestra.com/woodworking/tools/ya-j31/

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Comments: photo of the front of the machine. You can see the guard and fence. Full of rust but this will definitely clean up nicely.
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Comments: photo showing the guard pulled open with the fence tilted
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Comments: photo showing serial plate. B-21427 with U.S. Navy stamp (at least I think it's a U.S. Navy stamp, it says U.S. on each side of the anchor)
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