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Forum topic by rustynails posted 11-20-2020 01:08 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2020 01:08 PM

I am looking for a bench top jointer 6’’ or 8’’ not sure of what brand but want something of better quality. Anyone have any experience or recommendations with these small units? I have a nice floor model in storage, but a full-size shop is probably not in the future anytime soon, so I am looking for something temporary and then just sell it in a few years. Any help would be appreciated on what are the better brands these days…

Thanks


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#1 posted 11-20-2020 01:25 PM

I used to own a Cutech 8” with segmented heads. I never could get it to cut correctly so I sold it on CL. I must admit Cutech’s customer service is very good. They worked with me several times to set it up. I also must admit it is possible my technique is to blame. The issue was the board came out looking like a wedge across its width. I did everything Cutech told me to do including buying a real straightedge to set the tables. No dice. I lost at least $250 on this transaction. BTW I believe this machine is manufactured under several brand names. This machine, in my opinion, would be my choice even though I will never again purchase a benchtop jointer. I made a planer sled and I use my planer for jointing.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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#2 posted 11-20-2020 01:50 PM

I’ve been looking at them and noticed that some have segmented HSS inserts and not carbide inserts…just wanted to share to be aware of that. i don’t recall which models in particular but that was kind of disappointing to see.

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#3 posted 11-20-2020 04:27 PM


BTW I believe this machine is manufactured under several brand names. This machine, in my opinion, would be my choice even though I will never again purchase a benchtop jointer.

- dbw


I did notice that as well and was not sure how much better it would be for the extra cost than one that looked just like it??? Like the WEN brand …but it seems that the Cutech/Wahuda does have a good reputation.

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#4 posted 11-20-2020 04:29 PM



I ve been looking at them and noticed that some have segmented HSS inserts and not carbide inserts…just wanted to share to be aware of that. i don t recall which models in particular but that was kind of disappointing to see.

- hotbyte

Yes you have to watch out for what ones have the actual carbide and also how many inserts them self’s on the head.

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#5 posted 11-20-2020 05:07 PM

I have been trying to get a new wahuda 8” jointer’s carbide insert replaced for a couple of weeks. It snapped on the first shallow pass or was manufactured wrong to begin with. I emailed and I called, no reply to email and “leave a message” on the call. I am less than thrilled with my new wahuda, some reviewers infeed table as well as mine have a dip, the cuts are smooth but the fence is cheesy. Will it get the job done, yes, but it one of those things you have to expect to be less than great in my opinion.

Just my opinion

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#6 posted 11-21-2020 05:16 PM



I have been trying to get a new wahuda 8” jointer s carbide insert replaced for a couple of weeks. It snapped on the first shallow pass or was manufactured wrong to begin with. I emailed and I called, no reply to email and “leave a message” on the call. I am less than thrilled with my new wahuda, some reviewers infeed table as well as mine have a dip, the cuts are smooth but the fence is cheesy. Will it get the job done, yes, but it one of those things you have to expect to be less than great in my opinion.

Just my opinion

- OldBull


Now that I think about this machine I remember the fence went out of square if I sneezed to loudly. During the time I owned this machine a try square was my friend. I still have PTSD. In my opinion all benchtop jointers suck and the Cutech sucks the least.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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#7 posted 11-21-2020 07:29 PM

I purchased a Wahuda 50180CC-WHD, a short bed 8” wide jointer with carbide inserts, last January. As a hobbyist, I am very pleased with the unit. Am able to flatten everything I have tried so far (pine, walnut oak maple cherry, etc). Very smooth and true.

Warren

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#8 posted 11-23-2020 02:41 PM

If you are going with a bench top jointer you might as well go the largest available. Take a look at the Wahuda 10 inch. It only takes up a little more space than the 8 inch. I just bought one but it will be a few more days before I get it unboxed and try it out. I’ll post back then.

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#9 posted 11-23-2020 07:37 PM

Kroginold , I look forward to your review, as the Wahuda jointers seem to get the best reviews and the way to go.

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#10 posted 11-23-2020 09:53 PM

I had a reply from Wahuda, I had to send them an image of the insert .

reply said they will ask the warehouse to ship some.

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#11 posted 11-24-2020 06:06 PM

They have a 10” now? I bought my 8” one to soon I guess. I got mine earlier this year but haven’t had much shop time for various reasons. First jointer, like it so far.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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