I love the 4" Rockwell planer I inherited from my Dad, but I need something with more capacity and umph!
I found a late '40s or early '50s Walker-Turner 6' planer on craigslist. I called the owner and left a message and got a return call back today. Jointer was owned by his father-in-law in Colorado, and brought to Seattle when he passed. Present owner has used it a little and says "It has more age than use"...LOL.
7" x 37" table, 1/2hp Dayton motor with a 3 belt drive system. Also has the unusual "cutter guard" that allows you to adjust here and there and even apply downward pressure to the wood.
3 others called, but I was the first one he called back....so I told him I'd take it...unless there are serious problems. He assured me it is in great mechanical shape (could use a cosmetic paint restore, but not rusted). I pick it up tomorrow! Price: $85.
Should be similar to this:
This is what one looks like restored, minus the cutter guard.
Closer shot of the drive system on a restored tool.
I'll post final pics tomorrow.