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Forum topic by BigMig posted 05-25-2021 08:05 AM 496 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BigMig

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05-25-2021 08:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer planer jointer-planer combo bed length helical head straight knives jet

Hey LJs, I’m thinking about ordering a Jet 12” jointer / planer combo. They say that can deliver in August…

My question to the team: has anyone bought one in the last year or two – and what has been your experience? Some stats on the machine:

H 40” x W 34” x L 55”
Cutterhead Speed: 5500 RPM; Cutterhead Diameter: 2-3/4”
Table Height: 33-1/2”
Dust Port Outside Diameter: 4”
Dust Collection Minimum CFM Required: 400 cu.ft/min
Motor: 3 HP, 230 V, Prewired 230 V, 1Ph, 12.5 A
Shipping weight 600 lb.

I’d appreciate feedback from actual owners – if there are any out there and also – a question for everyone – what do you think about a 55” table? I’ve seen very positive reviews on Youtube. Would this be adequate for the odd project where I’ll want to joint longer boards? To date I’ve made smaller projects where I use 4 foot boards (max). Would this allow me to joint 6 foot boards (maybe with additional freestanding rollers)?

Currently, I’m using a sled in my DW735 for jointing and that’s cumbersome and very time consuming. I’m thinking that a machine like this Jet (or perhaps another brand) could greatly change the time it takes to mill stock.

Opinions?

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA


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#1 posted 05-25-2021 01:41 PM

I have owned this machine for about 3 years. No issues at all. The table length is the only thing that makes things a bit difficult for me, but since i am a 25×10 shop, i don’t have much room.

I have jointed 10’ boards on this with rollers and had no issues. I do not use the planer function at all (mainly bought it for the 12” jointer functionality”. 6’ boards can be jointed without rollers in my experience.

Have not had to change the blades in 3 years, but it is getting close to needing a sharpening with 2000+BF use.

Getting the tables co-planer is a couple hours (frustrating) work, but once its dialed in, no adjustments needed and it is a great machine.

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#2 posted 05-25-2021 06:04 PM

Wow, that’s very encouraging. Thanks for the response. It sounds like your unit has straight knives. And they’ve performed well through 2000 board feet of stock. Very cool.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 05-31-2021 01:28 AM

I have the helix head version and love the planner, but have had some trouble with the joiner. I believe the issue is that I haven’t taken the proper time to adjust the joiner. I just purchased a straight edge but then moved and haven’t had a chance to play with it. Absolutely love how quiet the helix head is.

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#4 posted 05-31-2021 01:57 PM

I also have the Jet Combo. It’s worked great for me. In the beginning I wasn’t sure how I’d like the European blade guard. It took a little getting use to, Now I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’m in a two car garage and have mine on a mobile base. I highly recommend that as well.

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