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10-16-2017 12:17 PM

My first post here – please be gentle.

I’ve read a lot of posts here and used the search feature – but it’s time to ask a couple questions before I spend more money!

My immediate projects for a new house include:
1) Custom stair treads – made from live edge white oak.
2) Custom 6×6 Oak table made from 3”x?” planks.

My previous projects were all done with contractor grade tools. Dewalt planer, Dewalt miter saw, Dewalt table saw, you get the picture. I’m purely a hobbyist.

I’ve already picked out a table saw I’m buying locally, but I’m having difficulty pinpointing the “right” jointer for this project and future projects.

At first I wanted an 8” HH powermatic – can’t go wrong – right? Then I realized the stair treads will be at least 10” wide. Well the price of jointers goes up pretty fast when you’re looking at HH, parallelogram etc.

Then I found the Rikon 25-210H 12inch planer/jointer with HH cutter for $2500. That seems like a great deal and the few reviews I found online are mostly good. But something tells me it will be a mistake. Every time I try to save money – it seems end up buying twice. I guess I’d really like to keep the jointer below 3k and still have the ability to go up to 10” – 12”.

I’m looking for advice and guidance.

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#1 posted 10-16-2017 12:47 PM

Why do you need to joint stair treads flat? Just thickness them on your planer. You may want to joint the edge but you do not need a monster jointer for that. If it is an exuse to buy another toy then it is another story.

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#2 posted 10-16-2017 03:24 PM

Well I could use a planer sled and do what I’ve done before…but set up time for each piece was an issue.

The material I’m using is rough milled – live edge oak. So I “think” I need to make a very flat uniform surface for the stairs… This is the first set of stair treads I’ve done. I guess I know I need a jointer – and want to make sure I get the right one, the first time.

I did watch a few videos after my post above, that make me think twice about the Rikon or it’s Jet equivalent. Steelex makes a 12” beast that weights 900lbs…for a good price. This machine may be a contender, but the weight is a challenge.

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#3 posted 10-16-2017 03:45 PM

I think the best bang for the buck currently is the Jet JJP-12HH jointer/planer combo machine.

-- Earl

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#4 posted 10-16-2017 04:33 PM

I think the best bang for the buck currently is the Jet JJP-12HH jointer/planer combo machine.

- retfr8flyr

I agree! It is very easy to change over, plus it has a 5 year warranty. There should be a Jet 15% discount soon. Mine was 15% off and free delivery in, I think it was 4 days.

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#5 posted 10-17-2017 02:09 AM

I went to the local go to machine shop today to get some advice on the matter. After talking about my projects and the equipment I have… I bought a 3hp Sawstop and a 6” Powermattic Helical Head jointer. If I need more jointer, I can always trade in and trade up.

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#7 posted 10-18-2017 11:56 PM

Sounds like you are set up now. But if you lived in the Pac NW, I would suggest the Jet/Powermatic outlet store in Auburn, WA, a few miles south of Seattle.

If you search the Seattle CL, their ads come up very often. These are supposedly scratch and dent, but mine didn’t have a mark on it. It’s the Jet JJP12 HH, and cost about $1800 at the time. I can’t tell you the name of the outlet, as their ads don’t contain their name, but their prices are a significant discount, and they are definitely legit.

Unfortunately, they don’t ship, though of course you could arrange your own shipping. It was a 2 hour or so drive for me from Bellingham. They loaded onto my pickup for me.

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