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Forum topic by Realmswalker posted 02-20-2019 03:49 PM 214 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Realmswalker

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02-20-2019 03:49 PM

Hello everyone,

Brand new here and just had a question about some advice for a bench top jointer. I do not have room at all for a floor standing model so I am stuck with getting a bench top model.

I have narrowed it down to the cutech 8 inch model seen here

https://www.cutechtool.com/product-p/40180hcb-ct.htm

And the baleigh 8 inch model here

https://www.baileigh.com/index.php/benchtop-wood-jointer-ij-833?gclid=CjwKCAiAkrTjBRAoEiwAXpf9CV7r2wZprHdJKht4pCDD0iWng4Ly-zPuKcfamlxAxEFw9-3I9wMqTBoCoOYQAvD_BwE

They look to be identical in design. I was just wondering if one may be a better quality machine.

I am a home hobbyist and this will be my first jointer. The longest boards i would be joining would be 8 feet max on rare occasions, 6 feet once in a while but mostly 4 foot and below.

If there are any options other than these that I am missing please let me know my budget is about $1000.

Adam


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 02-20-2019 04:34 PM

Welcome to LJ,

Do you have a Planer?

If you’re going to be mostly working with 4’ lengths and have a good bench, I honestly think you’d be fine with a hand plane.

If you don’t have a planer, I’d suggest considering that first, and look at the variety of sled etc. that many use to “joint” with a planer

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#2 posted 02-20-2019 04:53 PM

The short beds on benchtop jointers make working with even 4ft stock very difficult. The only people I know who are happy with those benchtop jointers are either working with very short stock (less than 2ft) or have built some kind of extension tables.

If you are open to hand planes, I agree with ChefHDAN that is a better option. I have a very small shop, so no powered jointer and do all of that with hand planes. With a little practice, it works great and saves a lot of space.

If you do decide to go for a benchtop, then yes, there are multiple brands that all seem to source from the same plant. It doesn’t mean all are identical under the hood, however, as each brand could have different specs and allowable tolerances for their units.

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