Vintage Walker Turner 6″ Jointer vs Delta 6″ Jointer (New Woodworker Help!)
Looking for some advice. Planning to buy a 6″ jointer. Found two jointers locally and I am trying to decide between the two. Both would require clean up, probably new power cords and likely new knives. I think the bearings and in decent shape on both, the motors run, and the guards are there. They are in rough condition visually, but not too much rust and nothing broken. They might require full restoration and have the motors gone through down the road, but I am just trying to get one up and running for now.
I have been told walker turners were made better. Though they may have proprietary size bearings, and the small belts look harder to get. The Delta is more compact due to it’s shorter depth (not having the motor hanging out at the back) which is good for my tiny work shop. I know there are 6″ jointers with longer beds, however right around 36″ seems like a good size for my tiny garage, and possibly make extension tables when needed. I know there are several other factors to consider such as ease of getting parts, but they each are complete as far as I can tell.
1. Delta 6″ Jointer (Believe the model number is 37-220) I believe these were made in short and long bed versions. I believe the one I’m looking at is the short bed version around 33″ or so.
It is identical to the one in the link: http://vintagemachinery.org/photoindex/detail.aspx?id=18566
2. Walker Turner 6″ Jointer (Believe the model is P910) The bed is about 36″ Missing the original stand, though one a simple one could be made easily, and having the motor mounted at the back allows for possibly storage under the jointer.
Which do you all think is the better jointer performance wise?