Baileigh Jointer/Planer Review

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Review by Tsmutz posted 05-07-2013 08:05 AM 15968 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi guys. I recently bought a Baileigh JP-1686. Since they’re pretty new to the woodworking market, I thought I’d give you a review of this jointer/planer combo machine.

For context, I build furniture professionally in Southern California. Most of my work involves wood and metal so my shop is a mix of woodworking and metalworking machines. The Baileigh JP-1686 stood out to me for a couple reasons: my shop is modestly sized so the jointer/planer combo takes up less real estate than 2 separate machines. I had an 8” Delta jointer and a DeWalt DW735 planer that do the same jobs as the Baileigh combo machine but I was running up against their limits on a regular basis, especially as my furniture commissions got bigger in scale and type. Also, I own a Baileigh cold saw that I use to cut steel and it hasn’t given me any problems after 2 years of daily use.

All in all, it took about 9 days to get the machine from the time I placed my order over the phone – I received a shipment notification after 5 days (I was told it’d take about a week to prep the machine), and 4 days later it showed up to my shop. It was crated on a truck so we needed a forklift. Once it was turned sideways, the crate took up almost the entire width of the semi with a couple inches to spare. When we finally got it settled into my shop, it was quick to pop the lid and pull the crate apart. The machine was packaged well and had no shipping damage, though I did have a small pile of hardware that rattled loose during shipping. I called Baileigh about the issue and they were very helpful; they even offered to send out a replacement machine (wow). I declined the offer because downtime is a bigger problem for me than what it would take to go over the machine to retighten fasteners and check for any other issues. I went through and checked the machine from top to bottom and got acquainted with the design and moving parts in the process. I broke out the dial indicator and proceeded to dial in the entire machine (I actually do this on all my machines regardless of how close to “right on” they were from the factory.) The adjustments were easy to make and went quickly. It took me a total of 3 days to get the machine exactly how I wanted it. To be fair, I was overly-thorough on dialing the machine in because I’m pretty picky and because it’s an early production model and arrived with those loose parts. I wanted to make extra sure that it could be operated safely and accurately. Judging from the surprised reaction when I called Baileigh about it (and their offer of a replacement right off the bat), I don’t imagine that this is a perpetuating production problem. Within that 3-day prep I also built a nice mobile base for the machine, in case I want to move it in the future. All things considered, my experience was probably unique and it might not take others as long to get going on this machine. I’ve had the machine now for a month and a half and I’ve run over 400 board feet through it. It’s still accurate and planes snipe-free.

The cutterhead is a monster! It’s a true helical design with 6 rows of inserts. I’m really pleased with the quality of it. The streaks people talk about from insert cutterheads are present on this machine as well. I measured the streaks from peak to valley using a dial indicator and they measure less than a thousandth of an inch. That’s right in line with my Byrd shaper cutterhead.

I made a video review of this machine and another video showing its operation. I hope you find them helpful.

Video Review:

Operation Video:


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#1 posted 05-07-2013 12:24 PM

Thanks for the review.

-- Joel

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 12:25 PM

Good review, and thanks for the videos.

May your jointer planer serve you well for many years.

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 01:51 PM

really nice piece of equipment!

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 09:21 PM

Thanks guys, glad you liked it.

I’m looking forward to many years of service from this machine.


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#5 posted 05-07-2013 09:35 PM

Great review.. This machine has been on my watch list since Baileigh announced their entrance into the woodworking equipment field. Just out of curiosity, how close to perfect did the machine come from the factory? i.e. were the tables coplanar and aligned with the cutter head? I suppose the first place to check would be the planer table alignment to the cutter head then the in feed and out feed tables. Also, how sturdy is the fence? It seems to be of European design which to me is not very beefy.



-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 10:19 PM

Thanks ScottKaye.

The planer table was dead on out of the box, I planed a full width panel and there was a .001” difference from left to right. Over a span of 16” I was pretty pleased!

The jointer outfeed bed was out of alignment by .010” to the cutter head from left to right and .025” above the cutter head. The tables are adjusted by jack screws so the process goes pretty easily. I liked not having to mess with shims like my old jointer.

The fence on my machine is of a center mount design which is different than the end mounted one in the photo on the website. I’m building a cherry bed frame right now so the rough lumber was 105”L x 10” W x 4”thick so edge jointing that board was a workout. I really leaned into that one and didn’t have any deflection issues.


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#7 posted 05-08-2013 03:27 PM

Excellent review and videos, thank you very much

-- Bert

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#8 posted 05-09-2013 12:10 PM

Great review Tyler!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 12:51 AM

That unit looks almost EXACTLY like a Felder. I wonder who manufacturers it.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#10 posted 05-10-2013 02:36 AM

It’s the design that the new one wearing Felder’s name just outdated.

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#11 posted 05-29-2015 12:31 PM

How do you feel about the machine after a couple of years of use?


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#12 posted 05-29-2015 12:48 PM

That is a nice review. Thanks for posting.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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