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William Shelley

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 06:34 PM

I have a 6” craftsman jointer. I don t do a ton of big projects either, but the few times that I have needed it, I REALLY needed the bigger capacity. With that being said, I m waiting for my new Baileigh 16” x 86” jointer/planer combo machine to be delivered later this week. :)

It s almost impossible to buy too big of a jointer. The bigger units (even an 8”) are heavier, which means it s safer to joint large boards / beams by yourself. E.g. my craftsman 6” only weighs maybe 200 to 250lbs and if I m trying to joint an 8ft 4×4, it starts to get a bit tippy as the weight of the whole 4×4 is on the outfeed table. Most 8” jointers are going to be 400-600lbs, and my new 16” sits right around 1000lbs. That makes a big difference in stability and prevents vibration as well.

- William Shelley

-- Woodworking from an engineer's perspective

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