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#1 posted 04-06-2018 06:10 PM

I have this same jointer, paid about $400 a number of years ago. It’s fairly vanilla, wish the beds were a tad longer but overall it works well. I never really set it up when new and I finally got back to that recently. A straight edge shows me the fence is slightly bowed with the center being about 0.015” low and the infeed table is low about 0.010” inches at the blade. It’ll take some shimming to correct and maybe a trip to the machinist to get the fence flat, but overall no big deal.

I’m always surprised when used generic tools like these actually go up in price over the years, but I suppose that is the current market. Thinking about how I use it, I’d personally stay at/below $500.

The jointer is the first step in stock preparation, it is where you establish a flat surface. The planer simply makes the stock uniform in thickness, you need that flat face to begin with.

There are ways to make a 6” jointer produce flat surfaces on wider boards, but it gets tricky. This is why many (including me) often pine for an 8” or wider.
Either way, in my experience the jointer is a “forever” tool. You’ll never wear it out so you will never get the excuse to upgrade to a larger unit because your old one wore out. Tools like these are best to buy once and not carry any regrets later.

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