Help - New Jointer or New Planer which one first?

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06-12-2019 06:29 PM

I have an old Delta 8” jointer – Yes shimmed and all
Also have a Delta Lunchbox planer – Fast speed only works
I am looking to upgrade both machines but have to pick one first.

Which one should i get first?

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#1 posted 06-12-2019 07:35 PM


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#2 posted 06-12-2019 08:33 PM

If you have both, you should know which one you rely on more. There’s your answer. For me, it would be the planer.

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#3 posted 06-12-2019 10:33 PM

In my opinion, the planer is far more useful. In addition to thicknessing, I frequently use mine to true up twisted and/or warped lumber using a sled. I find it easier and more accurate for this than using the jointer. If I could afford a 12” jointer or had the space for one, I might have a different opinion. There is nothing wrong with having a shimmed jointer if it is otherwise properly set up and functional. You don’t usually have to make extreme table adjustments on a jointer anyway.

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#4 posted 06-13-2019 02:07 AM

Both is best, but planer first if you can only start with one. With the help of a planer sled, a planer can be coaxed into flattening a face….a job typically done by the jointer. Then you can edge joint with a router or table saw until you get a jointer.

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#5 posted 06-13-2019 11:28 AM

Only you can make that call. It will depend on you, your equipment, and your work.

For me it would be jointer, but my work isn’t typical. I often joint in preparation for re-sawing and then go straight to the thickness sander, but a lot of my work is with very thin stock (~0.90” +/-).

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#6 posted 06-13-2019 12:10 PM

Which one is the lower performer? You must have issues with both, otherwise why replace them. Which one gets in the way of completing work the most often, or you believe will break in some way. No one else knows the situation to provide an accurate response.

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#7 posted 06-13-2019 12:15 PM

I could manage without my jointer.. “manage”. But I would find it hard to do without my planer. (dewalt). Bringing wood down to thickness. Making it that square edged smooth glassy look.

A jointer, can be worked around. And if you work with shorter pieces of wood a lot, then it might not be to much of an issue with straightening wood. The planer too, the shorter the pieces the easier to flatten. A jointer is nice for getting glue edges but a good table saw and blade or a hand planer is pretty quick too.

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#8 posted 06-13-2019 02:37 PM

My jointer sat gathering dust and, in my way, for years before I finally sold it. All my work starts with rough timbers and slabs. By the time it gets broken down, a jointer becomes redundant. The secret is using a track saw (mine is shop made) and very good saw blades. All mine are Tenryu. Then, the TS and the Dewalt 735 does the rest. A planer is almost a necessity. A jointer is definitely not.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 06-13-2019 04:25 PM

i dont know how id choose they both get used a lot,but for me id have to go with the jointer ive never done a project without using it.but in reality asking what others would do is meaningless for what your own needs are.

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