Planer and Jointer #1: Any thoughts?

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Blog entry by Mike Merzke posted 07-19-2012 12:09 AM 2025 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Does anyone have any suggestions for a planer and jointer for a small garage woodshop on a budget. I get most of my wood from lowes and home depot but am noticeing even their “milled” wood isn’t always true. I noticed some benchtop models for about 250 each… and also some combo units for about the same. I’d love to hear some suggestions. Also if anyone knows other options for getting wood around the Ft Bragg, NC area please hit me up. Thanks

-- Mike Merzke,

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 12:26 AM

Without make and model specifically it is hard to say. I am in a garage workshop and am always cramped for space. I have a regular lunch box type planer (Ryobi AP1301) that does the job fine, a better planer would be nice, but this has sentimental value for me… My jointer is a Sunhill SM-150B 6” benchtop jointer. I like it a LOT more than the Delta bench top models I looked at. Sadly Sunhill didn’t survive the economic down turn…

From what I have read, resist the temptation to get one of those Jet combination machines. They are reported to be complete and utter junk.

If you can find a Geetech bench top jointer, that is the same thing as my Sunhill, and it is a nice little machine. Mind you, bench top jointers tend to be sometwhat limited capacity wise, but I made do nicely…

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 12:56 AM

I have the Delta benchtop planer. I too have a garage workshop and this tool works extremely well for me

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 02:09 AM

Use the woodworking hobby shop on base @ Ft Bragg (surely they have one…) Save your money and keep an eye on Craig’s List. Look for an older jointer (6” or larger) I found one for $100… I did buy a new Ridgid thickness planer, $350 plus tax after military discount.

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 08:20 PM

I second HerbC with the CL find. I picked up a 8” Grizzly for $300 and I thought that was a good deal. The Base/Post Hobby Shop can be inconvemient but can save money.


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#5 posted 07-20-2012 01:09 AM

think seriously about using a hand plane for jointing. Then get a decent benchtop planer like the dewalt.

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 03:17 PM

dbhost is spot on with the info about the Jet jointer/planer combo machines being total junk. I purchased the 10” model about 2 years ago as my first jointer/planer. Out of the box the fence was twisted and warped. I have never been able to truly joint a board on this machine so all I used it for was the planer portion. That is, right up to the point where one of the blades basically disintegrated while planing a piece of hard maple. Now it just sits in my shop and gathers junk on the top of the beds. The thing also produced a terrible amount of snipe. I am now considering buying the Dewalt DW735.

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