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Forum topic by Micah posted 01-31-2021 05:42 AM 744 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah

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01-31-2021 05:42 AM

Don’t really have much room to spare in my current shop but I’ve thoroughly outgrown my Rikon 20-600H 6’’ Benchtop Jointer and I figure it can’t hurt to ask… do any manufacturers make a jointer with collapsible infeed/outfeed tables (or something along those lines)?


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#1 posted 01-31-2021 09:39 AM

Unicorn delivered!

Check out the bench top 8” planers in favorite search engine. Cutech reviews on LJ. Jet, Delta, Steel City, Rikon sell/sold them also.

Might also consider one of the jointer/planer combo machines. The table size is about same length as 6” jointer, but they come in 12” & 16” widths. Lots of reviews and discussion on combo machines can be found on LJ too.

Several decades ago many folks sold a ‘short’ 62-65” long table 8” jointer, with 1.5HP motor. Not much longer than long table 6” versions. Will only find them used, unlike the larger 72-74” long 2HP 8” models sold today.

Enjoy your Unicorn meal!
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#2 posted 01-31-2021 09:31 PM

I’d second the Cutech/Wahuda or various similar versions. I have the in-house brand 8” bench top jointer from a canadian store (Magnum brand from KMS tools) which is identical to the Cutech. I have the aluminum table and once I dialed it in I was surprised by how high quality and accurate the cuts are (although I don’t work with anything longer than 3.5’). There’s a few versions with cast iron tables as well.

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#3 posted 01-31-2021 10:53 PM

Look at the Rikon 10” jointer/planer combo. It’s a copy of the old INCA machine which had extension tables available. You’d have to make your own tables. The outfeed is more important than the infeed.

I had an INCA and jointed 8’ 4/4 boards with it just using muscle to hold down the end on the table while the rest of the board cantilevered. Not easy to do, but doable. For most furniture scale work (as the old Garrett Wade catalogs said when they sold INCA machines) the stock tables are acceptably long.

You could also look for a used INCA. Be aware the 10” models came in both a long and short bed style and the difference is considerable.

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#4 posted 01-31-2021 11:15 PM



Look at the Rikon 10” jointer/planer combo. It s a copy of the old INCA machine which had extension tables available. You d have to make your own tables. The outfeed is more important than the infeed.

I had an INCA and jointed 8 4/4 boards with it just using muscle to hold down the end on the table while the rest of the board cantilevered. Not easy to do, but doable. For most furniture scale work (as the old Garrett Wade catalogs said when they sold INCA machines) the stock tables are acceptably long.

You could also look for a used INCA. Be aware the 10” models came in both a long and short bed style and the difference is considerable.

- Loren


I’ve looked at those 10” Rikons at LeeValley. The aluminum tables threw me off but maybe wrongfully so. I had a little Delta benchtop planer way back when with the aluminum tables. It actually worked quite well for short boards. Maybe need to take another look at the Rikon, but it’s pretty pricey too.

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 02-01-2021 01:28 PM

I have a Hammer A3 31 12” jointer planer combo machine. While I certainly wouldn’t call it a “compact” machine, it isn’t nearly as large as a standard stand-alone 12” jointer. End to end, it measures 5” 3 1/2”. As an accessory, Hammer sells very sturdy removable table extensions in various lengths. I owned an Inca 570 10 1/2” combo machine mentioned above for 30 years before I bought the Hammer. It is a fine machine with a cult following and hard to find these days. I did a lot of work on that little machine and loved it, but in the end, it is a lightweight. The Hammer is a seriously robust machine and a major upgrade from the Inca.

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