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#1 posted 05-02-2019 11:30 PM

I think it comes down to convenience. I don’t have a jointer and have had great success using a planer sled. But there’s no question there’s more fiddling around using a planer sled. In the end the results can be the same, but will take longer, due to setup, with a planer sled.

I approach it this way, I can “joint” with my planer, I can’t thickness plane with a jointer. If the day comes when I’m jointing often enough that the extra effort of using a planer sled is too much work or time, I’ll consider getting a jointer.

I’ve never used a combination planer and jointer, but my experience in general is that this is likely not going to be a great jointer or a great planer. Jack of all trades, master of none. But maybe these combo jointer/planers are the exception.

I’d certainly get a planer before a jointer. Make a planer sled and if the day comes this is too much hassle, then invest in a jointer. That day may never come.

Another point is even a small planner with a sled, can do what requires a relatively large jointer.

-- Clin

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