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Forum topic by Doublewide posted 11-07-2017 10:59 PM 777 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-07-2017 10:59 PM

Looking to purchase a jointer/planer combo. I have been woodworking without a jointer or planer and my needs have grown. What I’m wondeing is, how long of a board can I successfully edge and face on a jointer that has an overall bed length of 55”?

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 11:09 PM

About 6’. If you want to joint longer boards
accurately you can built an outfeed table
extension. I built one when I had a combo
and jointed heavy boards up to 8’ long.

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#2 posted 11-08-2017 02:17 AM

I think it depends on how accurate the jointer beds are aligned. Then your skill handling the wood.

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#3 posted 11-08-2017 02:27 AM

A friend of mine has a Grizzly 6’ jointer and 13” planer combo. I got to run some oak thru it. works quite well. I prefer an 8” jointer but 6” will suit most all of your needs. The total length of the jointer is 47” with in/out feed rollers you can handle some very long boards with no problem. The combo machine takes up less space as well. Drawback: both systems always work at the same time. Noisy. Chip removal is problematic on the planer side.

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 02:58 AM

I find you can joint much longer 4/4 stock than you can heavier 8/4, because you can get the right amount of pressure on the outfeed table when the end of the board is hanging off.

For example, I’m able to joint ~7ft 8/4 boards on my 68” jointer with a second person to help control the outfeed, but I can joint a 7ft 4/4 board by myself.

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 03:05 AM

Thanks for the replies, it’s nice to hear what others are able to do on their jointers. I’m looking into the jet jointer/planer combo. Sounds like the jointer part will handle the lengths I work with.

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#6 posted 11-11-2017 01:12 AM

If you happen to be in the northwest, you should check out CL in the Seattle area. There is a Powermatic/Jet outlet in Auburn, south of Seattle, and they frequently advertise the Jet combo machine at significant discounts. They say they are “scratch and dent,” but mine looked pristine when I picked it up. I paid something like $1800 for the JJ12-HH a few years ago. Of course they have gone up by now. I love the helical head. It’s much quieter than straight knives. I don’t find the switchover much of a problem. It goes very quickly, but of course it’s best if you can do all your jointing before you do your planing.

Unfortunately, they don’t ship, though maybe you could work out your own shipping.

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#7 posted 11-11-2017 02:13 AM

Thanks, unfortunately I’m in Tampa. But that sounds like a great deal. I’ll look into it and see if shipping is reasonable

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