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Forum topic by rolfeskj posted 08-09-2017 11:49 PM 523 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-09-2017 11:49 PM

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I am a novice wood worker and I have made a few projects from rough sawn lumber. Currently I own a large Ridgid Jointer I got off CL for a great deal but I don’t own a thickness planer which makes things very difficult. I am set up in the back corner of a garage, 4’ x 8’, so the jointer takes up a ton of room. My wife always reminds me of this.

I am thinking of selling my large Jointer for about $350-$400, new it was $600 and getting a cheap bench top jointer and thickness planer for as close to $500 as I can.

I figure I will get the planer I desperately need and take up less room that will make the wife happy.

I work with wood up to 4’ long as my source is far away near the inlaws so 4’ boards fit in the car. Just picked up cherry 5/4 at $.85bf.

So is this a good idea and which brand should I look for? Cutech, Porter Cable, Wen, Grizzly? I really need to stay as close to $500 for the pair. Thanks.

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#1 posted 08-09-2017 11:52 PM

I see bench top jointers on Craig’s List pretty frequently her in the Philly area, perhaps if you keep an eye out you can pick up one inexpensively, along with a DeWalt 735 planer. With some patience I think you can get both within your budget.

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#2 posted 08-09-2017 11:57 PM

A) Don’t sell your jointer

B) Dewalt planer and you’re good to go.

C) Good luck keeping your wife happy.

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