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Posted on Really want a planner too many differences need advise.

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 06:15 PM

Depending on what you are doing in that garage shop space, you have ample enough real estate for machinery. To give an idea, I have a 20×20 2 car attached garage. My machinery: Delta Unisaw, Powermatic 66 (both are full sized cabinet saws with 52” rails), bosch 4100 & gravity stand, 8” long bed jointer, 15” Jet planer, dual bag 3HP Grizzly dust collector, drill press cart, miter saw cart, sanding cart, rockwell lathe, 4’ lumber cart, 14” bandsaw, 13” Rigid lunchbox planer, and a unicorn. If I played “Tetris” as everything is mobile, I could even park my car in the garage.
Jointer makes bottom side flat. Planer’s purpose is not to make the wood smooth but makes topside parallel to the bottom side so that you have dimensional lumber (meaning, 90 degree angles everywhere). There are regular forum posts about new planers and new jointers and posts about used planers and jointers. benchtop/lunchbox versus their bigger cousins. Review what is said. Never used 2 blade heads as everything I have use 3 blades. I could go spiral head but the cost is out of the realm of my wallet. Plus, 3 blade (and quite possibly 2 blade) heads work as intended.
110v versus 220v: 110v is universal and standard so outlets everywhere and ready to go. 220v is more heavy duty, easier upon the motor, less amps (which is a concern depending on how much you have available to use at once throughout the house), usually more horsepower.
A thought: since you have a Grizzly table saw and taking interest in planer/jointer… keep in mind future dust collection and ducting. That opens up even more can of worms :)

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