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Posted on Bridgewood jointer Bw6j vs bw6r?

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#1 posted 07-12-2020 11:02 PM

Because I want to make better use of a small powered motor.
- Rrippeon

Sorry but a small motor will have MORE difficulty with helical head.

A helical head typically draws more power than straight blade head, for same depth of cut.
There are many posts online regarding the topic, such as: note post #4.

There are ton of other posts on topic as well. Can even find some 15” planer owners who measured the increased power.

IME – You will want a 1hp motor for 6” helical head jointer. Less and you will have take really small cuts on full width face jointing. The cut quality goes down when motor is overloaded and head speed reduces, which negates the reason you want one.

Best Luck.

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