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#1 posted 08-18-2017 03:10 PM

A 6” jointer is more of a tool you buy on a whim. Cheap enough and not so hard to leave ignored in the corner if you rarely use it.

Go 8” and up, you start getting into the serious cash investment and shop floorspace territory.
Consider your needs carefully. You can begin with a 6” and upgrade later or jump “all-in” for a larger tool.

I have a 6” and will eventually upgrade, but 5 years ago I would have sold the 6” and never missed having a jointer.

That said, longer tables are always better (aside from taking up more space). Don’t think you can add extensions and make your own long tables. There is a reason for using lots of cast iron in these machines. I would not call the
slide outs on the Cutech “extensions”. They are really just board supports. When jointing a board, you need continuous support of the board until it has passed the blade.
Consider jointing a board with a warp that leaves only the ends contacting the table (the center is above the table surface (like an upside down smile). As soon as the board end passes the table end, it will fall into that gap before the extension.

I think the Cutech would be a handy unit for box making or jointing boards up to the length of the main table (30” ?). Beyond that, I think you would be disappointed.

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