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Joint/Planer Combo Robland vs Jet

by TheGreatJon
posted 12-19-2018 07:33 PM


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MPython

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 07:59 PM

I can’t answer your question directly, but I have a couple of comments. First, I inspected the Jet 12” combo at my local dealer’s showroom. I was not overly impressed. The machine seemed a little rough and the change-over was not as smooth as I would have liked. While I was thinking about it, I was offered a little-used Hammer A3-31 12” jointer planer for a great price. I jumped on it. The Hammer is a serious machine, very well built with plenty of power and it operates like a dream. In my view there was no comparison between the Hammer and the Jet. The Hammer wins hands down.

Your perception of the Hammer being a “high end” industrial machine is not quite accurate. Hammer is made in Austria by the Felder machine company. It is their “low end,” light industrial/serious hobby shop shop model. Their high end machine is the Felder model at several thousand Dollars more expensive than the Hammer. Nevertheless, the Hammer is the best serious hobby shop machine I’ve seen and well worth the $$$. I have been very happy with mine.

I know nothing about the Robland jointer/planer.

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AlaskaGuy

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 08:07 PM

And the price difference between Hammer and jet is what? Edit: Never mind I found it. If you were buying new.

Jet 2,800.00

Hammer 6,450.00

No Idea what they are worth used.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#3 posted 12-19-2018 10:19 PM



I can t answer your question directly, but I have a couple of comments. First, I inspected the Jet 12” combo at my local dealer s showroom. I was not overly impressed. The machine seemed a little rough and the change-over was not as smooth as I would have liked. While I was thinking about it, I was offered a little-used Hammer A3-31 12” jointer planer for a great price. I jumped on it. The Hammer is a serious machine, very well built with plenty of power and it operates like a dream. In my view there was no comparison between the Hammer and the Jet. The Hammer wins hands down.

- MPython


I have the Jet and I can’t see how the changeover could be easier? Pop the 2 latches grab the handle and lift, flip the dust chute and crank up the platen, easy peasy. For a manual changeover how could it be easier? My only complaint is the tables could be longer for me.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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ArtMann

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#4 posted 12-19-2018 11:54 PM

I also own a Jet JJP12-HH and find the changeover to be easy. Some machines take more steps but I don’t see how any machine could take less than the Jet. The machine does exactly what I want it to in an acceptable way. I wouldn’t pay for anything more expensive until I have upgraded a whole lot of other tools first.

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Dj1225

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#5 posted 12-20-2018 01:08 AM

I have a minimax and love it. I believe Rikon also makes a combo. Price for the Europen tools is more but man I love the tersa knive setup in the Minimax.

-- Dave

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#6 posted 12-20-2018 02:13 AM

I based my purchase of a Jet 12-HH on various reviews and contact’s I’ve made here at Jocks. I’ve had mine for about 9 months. Like most machines there’s a learning curve and I believe I’ve mastered it. I’ve got nothing but praise for my Jet. Bought mine thru Equipment sales and surplus in Auburn, Wa. They had the best price and offered free shipping. That was a no brainer!

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RobS888

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#7 posted 12-20-2018 02:24 AM


I have a minimax and love it. I believe Rikon also makes a combo. Price for the Europen tools is more but man I love the tersa knive setup in the Minimax.

- Dj1225


I like rikon’s planer out-feed rollers. I’m thinking of getting them and trying to, ah, retrofit them to my Jet.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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MPython

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#8 posted 12-20-2018 08:07 AM

The prices for a Hammer A3-31 12” J/P quoted above are way off. Felder’s site prices the 12” J/P at $3,310.00 for the machine equipped with a 3-knife quick change cutter block and $4,090.00 equipped with Felder’s “Silent POWER” spiral cutter block. http://us.feldershop.com/en-US/en-US/en-US/Planing/Machines/Hammer-A3-31.html
I have no affiliation with Hammer or Felder. I’m just a very satisfied user.

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