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#1 posted 02-11-2018 03:18 AM

To repeat what others said, buy the best you can. However, if you cannot afford quality, even a forty year old Black and Decker jig saw bought off craigslist can be gold.

I have an 8” jointer with a spiral head. It may only get turned on once a month, but when it does get turned on, I’m more than a little happy I have it. If I didn’t, as was the case a few years back, I’d make do with with a lesser machine.

The long bed makes flattening long stock for jointing or planing a breeze. If I had a bench jointer, I could still joint boards, they just wouldn’t be very long. Too, it might go out the door a month after I got it, like my first jointer, which was a four inch Craftsman. Said another way, spend a lot of time looking at reviews on every significant piece of equipment you add to your shop.

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