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Forum topic by JoeFuture posted 09-05-2020 11:13 AM 420 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2020 11:13 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

I’m a hobby woodworker and am looking to up my game a bit & finally buy a jointer. I see a lot of benchtop jointers in the $400 range, and then things tend to jump up to longer bed models in the $1000 & up range. I know Delta used to make smaller models with beds around 48” long, but I don’t think they’re still being made. I have my eye on the Jet 6” model with quickset blades at the moment. Would ideally like something a little smaller if possible.

Should I be looking at benchtop jointers instead? Is there anything in the 48” range I’m missing?

I don’t have 220v in my garage, just 110v.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

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#1 posted 09-05-2020 11:20 AM

I pick up a old craftsman bench top on a stand for $150 and it works well. I can fit more than that in my 10’ x 16’ and it did fit my budget.

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#2 posted 09-05-2020 01:24 PM

Get the longest bed jointer you can afford. If possible, a floor standing model. Bench top tools are very limiting.

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#3 posted 09-05-2020 02:33 PM

I’d say that if you’re concerned about budget look at used models. You’ll learn to use what you have on hand.

Benchtop models sometimes have non-anodized aluminum tops which don’t hold up to a lot of use. I’d be more concerned about the universal motors giving out. On the other hand, the motors on lunchbox planers seem to last okay, so perhaps I should be more open minded about jointers.

Small machines limit the size of work you can do on them. If that limits what you need or want to do with machinery, then you’ll have to upgrade or come to terms with other methods when circumstances arise demanding more capacity, like turning to hand planes.

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#4 posted 09-05-2020 10:44 PM

Thanks all. I found some in the 48” range at Grizzly I’m reading up on now. Price isn’t too terrible, and it’ll fit well in my space.

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#5 posted 09-06-2020 12:28 AM

If you’re looking at budget read no further, however, if you want good… pick a helix bladed jointer… or at least a retro-fittable one.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#6 posted 09-06-2020 01:22 AM

Hopefully you can get it. I looked at and picked out a griz 8” jointer, but it was always backordered. I didn’t want to lock in a deposit, so I kept shopping the used market and found an 8” Delta long bed for $450, 30 miles from the house. And he sold me a 15” planer for another $450. Just saying, don’t be surprised and upset if it is backordered.

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#7 posted 09-06-2020 01:38 AM

Wow, that’s a great deal @ibewjon! I see Grizzly has a “v-helical” cutter head on the 6” jointer for a bit more. Will have to research that one a bit. I’m not in a huge hurry, so I don’t mind a backorder (I’ve gone all these years without one, what’s another 2-3 months?). But I definitely don’t have an unlimited budget.

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#8 posted 09-06-2020 01:38 PM

Check their delivery time, then keep an eye on Craigslist.

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