Solid jointer

  • Advertise with us
Review by bunkie posted 09-17-2010 09:34 PM 4377 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Solid jointer No-picture-s No-picture-s Click the pictures to enlarge them

I lucked into the closeout deal at Woodcraft where it was being sold for $150. Shipping was $75. As I live in an apartment in NYC, I had it delivered to my sister’s house as she has both a garage and an SUV I could borrow to get it to my shop which is in Pennsylvania. It was shipped the same day and it arrived in three business days. I was concerned about how I would get it out of the truck, but the shipper had a liftgate and it was no problem. The best news was that it fit in my car:

I realize that this is somewhat off-topic for a typical review, but I feel that this is useful information in that big machinery can be very difficult to physically acquire.

Cleaning and setup took about two hours, taking my time. Here’s the top after cleaninng:

I had absolutely no problems with assembly or setup. No missing parts, no horribly buried bolts to tighten, no doing it wrong then having to go back and do it right. I tool my time, read the manual and did the parts inventory before I began. The base is very nicely finished, the metalwork is straight and square and the door and dust port fit nicely. I didn’t have to adjust the motor position.

The body of the jointer is a mix of rough castings and nicely-machined surfaces. The infeed table and the outfeed table were smooth and flat as far as I can tell (using my level as a straightedge, I could see no obvious dips or bumps).

The knives needed no adjusting whatsoever. The fence stops for 45 and 90 degrees did need to be touched up, but that went quickly. The infeed and outfeed tables were co-planar and needed no adjustment except for height. Table height is adjusted using handwheels. Here’s one area where it could be better, There’s a fair amount of lash in the wheels. It’s not a big deal as it doesn’t really affect the result, but this is one area where the low cost of the tool is apparent.

The power switch is something of an impostor. It looks like a proper magnetic switch, but it is a mechanical switch. I discovered this when I plugged the jointer in and it started up. Luckily, I was running through a power strip and it popped the strip’s circuit breaker.

The unit is very quiet. There is minimal vibration. I didn’t try the nickel test, but I feel it would pass without problems. The motor takes about 1.5 seconds to come up to speed, almost like a soft-start router. I like this.

How does it perform? In a word, fairly well. I faced-planed some 24” long cherry and the face was nice and smooth. I couldn’t see any knife marks and there was no tearout except at the very ends of the boards. I then edge-jointed the boards and looked for gaps by holding the boards toghether and looking at a light source. I couldn’t find any.

This is my first big jointer. I have the ShopSmith 4” jointer so I’m not a stranger to them. In all, I’m very happy so far. This model has been replaced by a machine that has it’s power switch on a post, probably for safety reasons. I’m looking forward to milling some of the short logs I have in the driveway now that I have a jointer with enought capacity to give me flat faces.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

View bunkie's profile


415 posts in 3992 days

10 comments so far

View PurpLev's profile


8584 posts in 4494 days

#1 posted 09-17-2010 09:42 PM

nice review. FYI, you usually won’t see magnetic switches on 110v machines (with VERY FEW exceptions)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View smitty22's profile


714 posts in 3792 days

#2 posted 09-18-2010 01:10 AM

Thanks for the review, that’s a tool that my shop could use too.

-- Smitty

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 4154 days

#3 posted 09-18-2010 01:24 AM

What a fantastic deal. I saw the woodcraft ad and thought that if i did not have a jointer that I would jump on the opportunity to buy one of these. The good deals always seem to come after i have made a purchase.

View ellen35's profile


2749 posts in 4278 days

#4 posted 09-18-2010 01:11 PM

I am drooling at this for $150. They sold out so fast.
Glad you could get one.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

View Beginningwoodworker's profile


13345 posts in 4518 days

#5 posted 09-18-2010 05:55 PM

Nice review, I wish I could have got one. But I am happy with my benchtop jointer.

View BobO's profile


15 posts in 4296 days

#6 posted 09-21-2010 02:46 AM

lucky! they ran out before i could convince the mrs. that i needed it. I was able to purchase the rikon radial head drill press a couple years back at a closeout price and I haven’t had a single complaint about that.

-- i swear i just had that f*#$ing pencil a second ago!

View dkVT's profile


1 post in 3680 days

#7 posted 09-21-2010 04:48 AM

I bought one of these last month too and I agree the set up has been pretty easy. I am wondering about the coplanarity of the tables. Any ideas how to test that without buying an expensive straight edge? I am new to jointers.

View bunkie's profile


415 posts in 3992 days

#8 posted 09-22-2010 04:49 PM


As I mentioned, I used my four foot level as a straightedge. That seemed to work really well.


That is the one clean corner of my shop. You may have noticed the turntable and receiver behind the jointer top in one of the pictures. My shop serves many purposes: storage for my accumulated junk, laundry room (added bonus: existing 220V outlet for dryer!), and passageway to our two downstairs bedrooms. My wife fell in love with the house, it meets every one of her needs. Mine, not so much. Happy wife? Priceless…

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

View elrond3737's profile


15 posts in 3522 days

#9 posted 02-02-2011 12:57 AM

Ya, I missed this deal. But I also saw an 8” Shop Fox Parl jointer for $599 on Amazon. The Amazon partner had 19 and I waited a couple days. They sold out in 2 days and I missed it.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics