any suggestions for a jointer and a planer?

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09-19-2010 01:03 AM

Ive been thinking about buying a planer and jointer once i finish up trades school this year so i was just wondering if you had any suggestions or comments about the few i looked at. I am looking to spent a little bit but not much more then $400-700 each. edited

This is what Ive though about for planners:
Mastercraft 12 1/2 planer - $330

Mastercraft Maximum 13-in. Planer - $450

DeWalt DW735 13'' Thickness Planer - $650

and this is what i looked at for jointers:
JET - JJ-6CS, 6'' Closed Stand Jointer, 1HP, 1Ph, Two Way Tilting Fnce - $700

Jet JJ-6CSDX, 6'' Deluxe Jointer with QS Knives - $799

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 01:29 AM


Before you go out and buy new tools, shop around for quality used tools. You can find good used 15” planers for the price of new 12” planers. Same goes for 8” jointers. By the way, I’d recommend getting at least an 8” jointer vs. the 6”. Good luck

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 01:46 AM

Another thing to consider is buying a combination planer/jointer.


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#3 posted 09-19-2010 01:59 AM

Richard is right. Adding up the maximum prices on the things you are looking at; The Dewalt, and the Deluxe, you appear to be willing to spend in excess of $1400…

For that price you could get: ... Its a 12in Jointer.. a 12in Planer(Think to yourself whether you will ever plane a board wider than 12”.) The good thing about a big jointer, is you can joint glueups…

Or You could get and just make a jig to joint boards on… then you can joint and plane upto 20”..

It all has downfalls and pros, but you nobody can tell you what you will do most. Maybe you get the lumber I get… p*ss poor quality stuff that is as straight as an arc… Or maybe you get good lumber, but you do glueups, so you need a razor sharp edge…

The one thing about the combo machines, truth be told, is it takes a lot longer to set up… think of it as a bandsaw… A jig also takes a tad bit of time to setup.

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 02:41 AM

I agree with what has been said. There are a lot of great used machines on Ebay and Craigs List. Just have to be patient and keep watching. I vote for the Dewalt 735. I love mine. I also like a long bed jointer since they are heavy and work great with long stock. I prefer the Powermatic 54A.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 09-19-2010 03:08 AM

truth be told i never though about buying a combo but it would be a pretty good idea because it would save a decent amount of space in my garage. as for used tools ive looked on a number of sites but i live in newfoundland which is a pretty small place so i find it hard to find something used. I wouldn’t mind paying less for the tools also because i am not looking for top of the line but i want something decent.

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#6 posted 09-19-2010 03:10 AM

Justin, this jointer is listed on eBay:

I don’t doubt that the price will go up a ways but it may be worth keeping an eye on. Laguna is a very good brand in my opinion.

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#7 posted 09-19-2010 03:18 AM

that seems like a real good deal at a short glance but the only problem is the item is in PACOIMA, CA, United States and i live in Newfoundland,Canada. also “Will arrange for local pickup only (no shipping)” thanks for the search though that would of be a good deal if it was closer :P i am going to search ebay and see what i can come up with though

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#8 posted 09-19-2010 03:22 AM

NP… the bids are low right now (did you see someone bid a dollar… LOL) but I have no doubt it will go up quite a bit. It is worth keeping on eye on eBay though. Good luck.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 09-19-2010 03:23 AM

ya i bet the price of that will be doubled or tripled within the last few hours of the auction

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#10 posted 09-19-2010 04:30 AM

just check your local KIJIJI

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 07:36 PM

The most popular planer in the world (I’ve read) is that Dewalt. Pair it up with an 8” planer and you can stop worrying. How’s the hurricane treating you by the way?

-- "Every hundred years, all new people"

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 09:12 PM

it wasn’t to bad where i live but other parts of Newfoundland has been hit real hard. Alot of places had/have no power and the roads are washed out. Here is a few pictures if your interested

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