This was one of the tools that my friends grandfather had in his home shop. He was a cabinetmaker for many many years. He's over 80 now and health has dictated that he stop using such tools. It was given to my friends father, who has no interest in woodworking and didn't know what to do with it. Before he tossed it in the scrap metal pile, he (thankfully) decided to give me a call. I went and looked at it on Saturday and he was happy to have me haul it off for free instead of it going to scrap.
It's a bit rusty, but all in all it's in good shape and will clean up well. The 3/4 hp motor works perfectly, it just needs a new pully as the aluminum one thats on there has a bit too much runout for my liking. With a new belt, this thing will run like a dream. The 3 blade cutterhead moves freely and seems solid, and the blades are even still quite sharp. I haven't checked the tables and fence for flatness yet, but this machine does not seem abused. It's very solid.
I'm going to fully restore it, and once I do, I may keep it or I may sell it, not sure yet.
The little bit of research I've done on it tells me that it dates from between WWII and 1953. Anyone else have any good info on it for me? It's a model 3800, Serial 7441.
The motor plate is hard to read, my Blackberry doesn't focus well on close ups. It says:
A.O Smith Corp.
Model EC163K4AM Serial A-53
3/4 Hp 60 cycle 1 phase
115 / 230 V Frame 63 (?)
Amps 10 / 15 RPM 1725
Rise 40* (?) Cont. Duty
Thanks for looking.