Jet 16 inch planer

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Forum topic by Dullchisel posted 04-30-2016 01:59 AM 1339 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-30-2016 01:59 AM

I was wondering if anyone has the jet 16 inch planer and could tell me what their opinion is on it? I am researching every planer I can before I buy and I really like the price range of this one and espet since it has a five year warranty, it will be replacing a dewalt that has two knives.

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#1 posted 05-16-2016 11:55 AM

Have you looked at Amazon reviews?

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#2 posted 05-16-2016 12:12 PM

For a while, I had an older model of that planer. I think the only difference from the current model is that it had only one roller on the in/outfeed tables rather than three.

I’m heavily biased towards solid cast iron machines that are 50+yrs old. With that being said, the Jet was a great little machine. It was solidly built and was fairly easy to adjust. I never really pushed it on the depth of cut, so I can’t speak to it’s power, but it ran fairly quiet, cut cleanly, and never broke on me.

It may not be an industrial 1000+lb machine, but it’s still heavy. The guy that bought it from me didn’t bring a trailer. It took 3 strong guys and an appliance dolly to get it up into the bed of his truck.

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#3 posted 05-16-2016 12:27 PM

Looking at Amazon reviews, everyone is at 4 or 5 stars, save for one person who must have received a dud and burned up 6 belts in short order.

But the question I have to ask is why buy High Speed Steel knives on a Jet made in Asia when you can get a Grizz carbide spiralhead 15” made in the same region for just a couple hundred more dollars? I’ve had my G0453 for about five years, and my cutters are only on their second side, two more to go.

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#4 posted 05-16-2016 01:30 PM

I have e been reading every reviews as well as looked at every brand available and looked at used machines.. I guess I really worry about buying a machine and not being very good. I really want it to last

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#5 posted 05-16-2016 07:12 PM

I guess I really worry about buying a machine and not being very good.

My advice would be to hunt around for a good deal on a used one. Woodworking machines are not complex, and most of the designs (including this one) have been around for decades (at least). The average age of the machines in my shop is over 50 years and they all pass the quarter test. The only thing that really hurts them is rust and getting dropped. Rust is almost always repairable. Impact damage is a crapshoot. Other than that you have normal wear, which is typically just belts and bearings – normal maintenance.

If you look at a used machine just be sure to run some wood through it and bring a straight edge to check that the operating surfaces are flat/true. Listen for any noise that doesn’t sound like a hum. If, for whatever reason, you still manage to get surprised and you don’t like the machine or it doesn’t end up working right, no worries. You bought used so it was probably half the price of retail and you can recoup most (or all or even more) of your money by reselling it or parting it out.

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#6 posted 05-17-2016 05:02 PM

I bought that planer in 2009, so I really don’t know if it is the current planer or not, but coming from a Delta lunchbox, I remember thinking how much of a beast it was. I have used it a lot and never had much of any issue. I have replaced the knives several times. I should say, rotated them, I have two sets and always have a sharpened set waiting. I bought it new off the showroom floor, for very cheap (700.00 with a set of casters) at my local tool store and was told it was “last years model”. Usually they are very knowledgeable so I have been surprised it is still in the line…..but I have not been researching it, so maybe it’s actually a different design as per thegreatjons’s comment. I was told that the motor on top was harder to adjust, than the 15 1/2 model that had the motor below. I personally never thought much of it and it got me another 1/2”! I’ll take that 1/2” whenever I can get it….ahem….

The only thing I can even site as any problem is with Maple. If I do not take tiny passes it tears out, but I understand that is not exclusive to this planer. About 5 years ago I bought a Supermax drum sander. So now I always make the final few passes on it.

All in all if I had it to do over again, I would buy it again.
Just my .02

-- Mike

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