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Posted on Your personal view on necessity of jointer plane 7 or 8?

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#1 posted 01-27-2020 07:43 PM

If you use your jack plane and THINK you’d use a jointer plane you probably will. I have two #8-sized jointers in my collection and I use them often. I’ve owned a dozen or more #7’s and #8’s but always sell the #7’s. I can’t tell much of a difference in difficulty to push a #7 vs #8 and the #8 is bigger and feels better. But more importantly the cutter is 1/4” wider so it’s more efficient. I have a jointer-length wood-body plane that is fun to play with but I prefer bailey-style planes to wood ones.

I really enjoy restoring old planes and tools, so factor that in when you weigh my opinion… I stand by saying that you’ll use it if you use other planes, but a new LN 8 may not be justifiable for an occasional use tool if you have a tight budget.

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