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Tom

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02-04-2018 07:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutech

I recently picked up some lumber that’s more on the rough side than the usual s3s wood I get. Now that I’m trying to use it in some projects I’m finding that getting a straight edge/flat surface isn’t so easy and it’s time to invest in a jointer. I don’t have a huge shop (2 car garage used for storage and my shop) so I’m thinking a benchtop jointer would be best. I’ve been looking on Craigslist but the few I’ve tried for sold really quick (Porter cable for $100) and the rest are too big/expensive/left in the rain for 5 years. I’ve looked at Cutech, Jet, Grizzly, Porter-Cable…and they all look about the same except that Cutech has the spiral style cutter head instead of flat blades.

Anyone have a recommendation on which would be best and should I spend the extra $$ on an 8” model? The Cutech 8” is near the top of my list right now but I’d like to get some opinions from people that have them first.


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#1 posted 02-04-2018 09:59 PM

I purchased about a month ago the 6 inch cutech with carbide tips.its been a great little machine. Bought it off Amazon. My projects will all be smaller in size so I opted for a bench top. For me, comfortably is no longer than 4 feet in length unless you have infeed/outfeed supports. The fence is so so and there’s room for improvement there but it works for me. It’s stable enough so it doesn’t have to be bolted down but light enough if you want to store it when not in use.i don’t regret not getting the 8 inch just depends on what you’ll be using it for.

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#2 posted 02-04-2018 10:03 PM

For me longer is more important than wider.
Also I would look at “left in the rain for 5 years” if it was close enough to me. Rust is often easy to remove. Pits in a jointer surface don’t matter much. If the rust stops the motor from spinning I would pass on it.

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#3 posted 02-04-2018 10:07 PM

I have the Cutech 6”. Works great for smaller projects. The spiral head is a BIG plus.
Bill

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#4 posted 02-04-2018 10:15 PM

Skip the bench top jointers: go for a 6” jointer on Craigslist. I started out with a Jet 6” and it was excellent.

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#5 posted 02-05-2018 12:37 AM

The first rule of jointer advice is:

1. Get the widest one you can

The corrolary to this rule is:
-You will always have a board wider than your jointer.

So get what fits in your space. I had the SHopfox 6” with straight knives, and I liked it a lot I just outgrew it. Like Mike said, it was the length that got me more than the width. In fact, I still have a 6” jointer, just a floor standing longer one.

The advantage of some of the 8” ones is that they have longer beds. You can also look at the combo machines, if you don’t already have a planer.

Brian

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#6 posted 02-05-2018 11:47 AM

My shop is half of a two car garage. It can be tight, but with a good layout a stationary jointer can fit. The actual difference in square footage is pretty minimal, but the torque, mass, and rigidity of a stationary unit are notably superior, not to mention they’re much quieter.

My usable shop is essentially the left half of the pic below:

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#7 posted 02-05-2018 02:40 PM

It depends on how long you want to wait to buy a jointer. You could be chasing a decent jointer on CL for months. I responded to a Jet 6” long bed 35 mins after it was posted and by the time the seller got back to me it was already sold.

So I’m actually looking at the 8” spiral Cutech. Seems to be a pretty good machine for a benchtop.

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#8 posted 02-05-2018 03:14 PM

I have a couple jointers, both are 6’’ although one it a small table top unit, which i use for a lot of stuff. while it has a short bed, it fills its need, the other is a HF unit, took some time to tune it, and get squared away, but again it doesnt have the longest table around, but with a little finese again does the job.
And as noted, no matter the width of jointer, the boards you need to clean up are always gonna be bigger than what you have. just the way it is.
good luck
rj

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#9 posted 02-05-2018 03:35 PM

I suggest that you do a search for discussions on this forum and others regarding the use of a planer with sled vs a jointer for straightening/flattening rough cut lumber. There have been numerous opinions expressed on the subject that you might find useful in making your decision. Also, check out Utube videos on the use of planers with sleds and jointers.

IMO, if you are dealing with space and/or budget concerns, a planer is the best first purchase. A jointer is good for making the first side flat, but it is difficult to make the opposite side flat and parallel. A planer can also make the initial side flat using a sled and can do so for a board up to about 12” wide. And, of course, it easily makes the opposite side flat and parallel. You can then use a well tuned table saw to square up the edges.

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#10 posted 02-05-2018 03:44 PM

I have a 6” Jet, 14 years now, still runs fine. Just do not try and run a build up of plywood with screws in it through the planer, really mess up the blades. Did not slow the motor down on bit.

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#11 posted 02-05-2018 03:50 PM

I’ve been scouring my local CL daily…sometimes 2x but haven’t found (or been first) on the rare deal that comes across. There was one of the Porter Cable bench top for $100 and it was almost new but that was gone before I saw the ad.

I’m leaning toward one of the 8” Cutech jointers. My wall space is shelving, cupboards, or my workbench and there isn’t a good way to re-organize it all due to where the power outlets are…and where I have my dust collector set up. I don’t do large projects and if I do need to do longer boards I’ll rig up some temporary supports…or make my son’ help me.

I do have a planer and have used a sled to flatten boards…it’s just the lumber i have now isn’t straight on the edges and my table saw with an edge sled doesn’t work with 8/4 lumber.

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