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    McMillan jointer

    Hi, I'm Bruce (new to this site) been a woodworker for the best part of 20 years, will post some photos of my workshop and some of my work - when i figure out how - lol !
    I've just bought a Mcmillan jointer of e-bay, it was made in Taiwan in 1985 - model MJ-150 but i don't have a manual for it, does anybody have any information that could help me ......please!

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    Welcome Bruce !!! Looking forward to seeing your shop.

    I'm sure someone here can steer you in the right direction on your jointer.
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    Welcome to the Family, Bruce.

    I didn't come up with anything on your jointer, but maybe someone else will.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Thomas View Post
    ...I've just bought a Mcmillan jointer of e-bay, it was made in Taiwan in 1985 - model MJ-150 but i don't have a manual for it, does anybody have any information that could help me ......please!
    Bruce,
    Could you post a picture of the jointer?

    I suspect it might be a TaiChi copy of the old Delta model that had the end-mounted fence, but need pictures to confirm that. If it is a copy of an old U.S. made machine, then a copy of the original machine's manual might help you.

    OTOH, all jointers are fairly simple machines - with only a few moving parts - and once you get your hands on them they're generally fairly easy to figure out. The biggest problem with the older TaiChi stuff is getting parts, but sometimes you can find a compatible older Grizzley or Jet machine and order parts from them.
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    Vaughn should know all about this one!
    Last edited by scott spencer; 03-23-2012 at 03:05 PM.
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    Welcome to the club house Bruce, hope you enjoy your stay. Sorry i am no help with the jointer will be interesting to see what it looks like though.
    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott spencer View Post
    Vaughn should know all about this one!
    I figured somebody would end up being a wise guy.

    Although I've never hear of or seen a McMillan jointer, I'll echo Jim's comments. Chances are it's very similar to other imported jointers from the same time period, and with jointers being simple machines, it shouldn't be too hard to figure out how to run it.
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    if the name is mcmillan, it has to be good.

    oh wait a minute, someone already coined that phrase.

    welcome to the forum bruce, someone here will hopefully figure it out for you.
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    Thanks for all the replies guys, will post some photos of it in the next couple of days, as soon as i get a chance Been having a bit of a play with it over the last day or two and think I've got it pretty much sorted, just got to get the blades sharped and should be good to go

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    Hi, finally got around to taking some photos of my "Mcmillan" jointer, still needs abit of a clean up, including cleaning off the patch of pink paint ( covered by grey tape) with the word "domino" written on it - not really sure what that's about!?!. Been reading a few posts from the other members and i realize that this is a great web-site and i only wish i had found it sooner!! Now that I've worked out how to attach photos ( not real computer savvy... ) will post some photos in the next couple of days of a jewelry box that i made out of red gum burl

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