Anyone got a Scorpion Combo Jointer Planer?

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11-11-2018 02:22 AM

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I’m thinking of replacing my lunchbox planer and ancient Craftsman 6” jointer with a combo unit. The JET gets top marks from some people but is in the $4K price range, and while the unit from Rikon is cheaper, the reviews complain about the finish on the infeed and outfeed tables. I’m considering a unit from CWI in Canada that I found while doing an internet search—the Scorpion 12” Jointer/Planer (link is here). I’m wondering if any of my fellow Lumberjocks have any experience with this unit as the price (just under $3K) is very attractive. Love to hear about anyone who owns one or has at least used one somewhere. Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 04:54 AM

I have the jet and that sure looks like it. In fact there is a machined pad with 2 screw holes about 1/2 way on the right bottom portion when the table is up that is on mine as well, so same casting I would wager. Some of the external elements like the on/off look different and the height wheel looks nicer than the jet. Seems like a good price.

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 05:35 AM

I believe there’s at least on LJ with this unit and he posted a review.

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 06:49 AM

I bought the Scorpion about a year ago, other than initial problems only thing I have had to do was relevel the tables a few weeks ago, no idea why they changed and still dead flat. I sort of miss not having separate machine but the space savings and having a 12” jointer more than make up for the 1min. hassle of switching operations. Have started to plan my work more, always make sure to have a spare board milled! In all honesty the machine is good for hobby shop work but doubt it would stand up to any kind of production work.

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 01:55 PM

Thanks for the comments! I’ll look for that review.

-- SteveL

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#5 posted 11-11-2018 04:30 PM

Thanks for the comments! I ll look for that review.

- SteveL

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-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 11-11-2018 11:13 PM

The only difference I can see is the Jet has a 55” jointer table. And this might be crazy, but I think maybe the helixes might be oriented in opposite directions (right vs. left). On my Jet, I ordered an additional lifting handle, as I find it easier to lift the jointer tables than with a single handle.

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