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Posted on Jointer table length

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#1 posted 08-19-2017 12:05 PM

Small and portable might be convenient at times, but when it comes to woodworking tools, mass and stability are your friend. Unless you have a very tiny shop, or need to transport a tool for jobsite to jobsite on a daily basis, you’re better of with stationary tools IMO. Most portable tools use universal motors vs induction motors. The induction motors product more torque even if the alleged horsepower ratings are the same. Most portables also substitute plastics, pot metal, and aluminum where steel and cast iron will serve you better.

A spiral cutter head is a plus, but not a necessity. If price is a concern, I’d go with a traditional cutter head in order to gain a more substantial base machine in the first place. Upgraded cutter heads can usually be added at a later time if you still want to.

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