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07-25-2019 11:48 AM

I’ve been looking pretty hard at 8” jointers. It seems most require 220 service which my shop currently does not have. Can I get away with a 6”? I am doing this strictly as a hobby, I am only in the shop maybe 5-6 hours a week to give you some perspective. I don’t want to have to buy another jointer in 3 years because I need a bigger one but once you figure the cost of an 8” jointer plus running 220 we are getting into $2000 which is just too much for something I won’t use that often. So that said does anyone know of an 8” jointer that runs on 110? Or of a good 6” jointer model I should look at? Been looking at grizzly so far.

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#1 posted 07-25-2019 12:12 PM

You wont get a consensus on size or whether one is needed. My jointer is a hand plane, used for straight perp edges. Use my planer and a simple sled with shims for getting a flat face. Powered jointer is faster. Becomes a time, $, and room question. I dont have the room and would not use it that much.

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#2 posted 07-25-2019 12:18 PM

+1 on OSU55’s comments. I have avoided any 220 machines as I have the tendency to relocate every few years. Could never see the point in spending the money for 220 service to leave behind. I usually flatten one face with hand planes then run it through the planner. Pure hobby woodworking and leaning more and more to hand tool work. I’m loosing my tolerance for noise.

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#3 posted 07-25-2019 12:24 PM

No you don’t need an 8”, you might need a 12 or 16 though :-)
Seriously, with what you have said look at the cutech jointers. Hard to beat them for the money and they run on 120

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#4 posted 07-25-2019 12:37 PM

Simple answer, no one ever said, wish I had a smaller ?
Get what you will use now then upgrade when needed!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 07-25-2019 01:11 PM

I like GrantA’s suggestion.
I have the 6 inch Cutech jointer and I am very happy with it. With the money you save from not installing the 220, you could get a 8” Cutech with carbon tips and teflon table.

It doesn’t have a true Helical Head cutter but has a Spiral Style Cutterhead with 16 carbide inserts, they are only 2 sided but I would buy one in a heartbeat if I felt the need for it.

I thought the infeed/outfeed surface would be too small on my 6 inch model but I haven’t had issues with it jointing boards under 8 feet. I have a couple of roller support stands I’ve used when they are needed.
Sure beats $2000 plus the cost of a new 8 inch jointer.

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#6 posted 07-25-2019 01:25 PM

Dave (kelleycrafts on here) out in AZ uses their 8” and has been very happy with hard desert woods going across it. I had never heard of them till I learned of his

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#7 posted 07-25-2019 01:32 PM

I was able to find a rusty 6” Craftsman that cleaned up well for $150 It seems like some of these older jointers are not very sought after ones after they are not shiny anymore. They are very heavy so a truck is required which further decreases value at yard sales and on craig’s list

I am okay ripping to fit on 6” and jointing the boards together. Still need to clean up my hand plane to see how well I do with the old school way.

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#8 posted 07-25-2019 02:11 PM

Well as far as “needing” one, just go to any antique store. As for what would be useful for you, have to ask how wide the boards are you normally use. And if you are using rough lumber. For example, the current project I am working on, the sides are 10” wide, my last project they were 12” wide. My 6” jointer is useless on these, except for cleaning up edges, but so would a 8”. So instead I am buying s4s lumber for these and cleaning up with hand planes. Just costs a bit more for finished lumber.

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#9 posted 07-25-2019 02:13 PM

If you have to ask, then you don’t need it. If you needed an 8” jointer you would know already.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 07-25-2019 02:16 PM

if i was going to buy a new jointer today id go 8” or probably bigger but ive been using a 6” delta for the last 25 years with no can look at my projects and see it hasn’t hindered me.i wouldn’t be without a jointer it gets used everytime im in the shop.

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#11 posted 07-25-2019 02:19 PM

My 6” jointer serves my purposes nicely. I mostly use it for edge jointing. If I have a board that needs flattening, I will use my 12” wide planer with a sled. For hobby work, this works well.

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#12 posted 07-25-2019 03:01 PM

i love my 6 inch traded it for an inline muzzleloader even up and i got the better deal IMO :<))))

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#13 posted 07-25-2019 03:20 PM

My 6” jointer serves my purposes nicely. I mostly use it for edge jointing. If I have a board that needs flattening, I will use my 12” wide planer with a sled. For hobby work, this works well.

- bilyo

In my 60 years of home woodworking I rarely use a jointer though I have a 6” Delta jointer as my table saw seems to give me a vary straight and smooth edge. As Bilyo says above, get a 6” jointer if you must buy one as you will most likely be buying a 12” wood thickness planer eventually. With these you will be able to work all four sides of almost anything you come across! Personally, I would purchase a thickness planer before buying a jointer as you will use it a lot more.

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#14 posted 07-25-2019 04:19 PM

Thanks everyone, I do have a planner and honestly I’m still setting up shop, currently I do just simple stuff but really want to get into some nicer furniture. I just put in dust collection and set a spot for the jointer. I have no problems with an older unit but if it’s 220 I don’t think I can justify the electrician cost as well. At least not to the wife lol. I’ll probably go ahead with a 6” for now and upgrade if I ever need to. Thanks everyone!

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#15 posted 07-25-2019 04:27 PM

I would say it depends on what your building, I like my 12” jointer but not everyone needs a jointer at all. The people that enjoy using planes get by fine but using hand planes takes more time and you have to enjoy the process.As for me I would rather spend my time building projects rather than processing wood. another alternative to a face surfacing your wood is to build a sled for your planner assuming you have one, but that still leaves you hand planning or using your table saw or router table for edges.

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