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09-18-2021 08:24 PM

First off I’ve searched and read tons of threads related to benchtop jointers and their limitations. So please don’t just recommend a floor model (I would buy one if I had the space).

I’m wondering if a benchtop jointer could be useful for “rough jointing” followed by a No. 7 to fine tune/finish? Or is a benchtop more likely to worsen twist etc?

Board size would be 48” and under if that helps.

My current process is all handplanes for milling and it’d be nice to outsource some of the initial grunt work to a machine. There’s a well cared for delta jt160 near me for $90 that might be worth giving this idea a try. I would of course see how off the table and fence were before buying too.


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#1 posted 09-18-2021 09:47 PM

I have a benchtop jointer and have never needed anything more, since I usually only use 4/4, 6/4, or 8/4 stock. I usually have to do some hand planing before the jointer, so sometimes I will just use a hand plane to fet one side “flattish” to ride my tablesaw fence, then use the TS to “joint” the opposite side, flip over and trim to parallel sides.

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#2 posted 09-18-2021 09:47 PM

I think you have a good plan. Your skill with a hand plane will certainly develop.

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Nap3p

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#3 posted 09-18-2021 10:19 PM



First off I’ve searched and read tons of threads related to benchtop jointers and their limitations. So please don’t just recommend a floor model (I would buy one if I had the space).

I’m wondering if a benchtop jointer could be useful for “rough jointing” followed by a No. 7 to fine tune/finish? Or is a benchtop more likely to worsen twist etc?

Board size would be 48” and under if that helps.

My current process is all handplanes for milling and it’d be nice to outsource some of the initial grunt work to a machine. There’s a well cared for delta jt160 near me for $90 that might be worth giving this idea a try. I would of course see how off the table and fence were before buying too.

- Nap3p

I’m also more interested in how it would do face jointing. I can edge joint with a track saw followed by a table saw.

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#4 posted 09-18-2021 11:30 PM



I’m also more interested in how it would do face jointing. I can edge joint with a track saw followed by a table saw.

- Nap3p

depends on the board. Depend on if its bowed or has twist etc.

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#5 posted 09-19-2021 01:28 AM

I think I’d find a jt160 to be underpowered. If I needed a benchtop, I’d probably mount an 6” iron jointer beside a motor and provide an adequate dust port. Only negative is that putting such a contraption away would be a chore, but I think I’ve seen people do it.

-- Nicholas

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#6 posted 09-19-2021 03:37 AM

I have the shop fox spiral head 6” bench top jointer. When the board comes off of it, it’s ready no need for hand jointing

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#7 posted 09-19-2021 05:57 PM

I am not sure about others but my wahuda fence goes out of alignment just touching it, it is crap. I made the mistake of mounting it on a roll around cart and my floor is pretty rough. I spend an hour re-adjusting every time I use it. If I was sitting there with 500 cash in my hand and know what I know now I would purchase a floor model.

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#8 posted 09-19-2021 10:09 PM

If I could just get my hand jointing skills to be perfect via planes I could free up so much space in the tiny shop. I must admit I am thinking about a power tool wing add on to the existing shop.

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Nap3p

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#9 posted 09-19-2021 10:23 PM

Well, I pulled the trigger on it for $80. Ordered a set of new blades but the tables were fine and fence easily adjusted to 90 (and has stayed so far).

Cleaned up and waxed the tables as well as adjusted the blades. Ran some pine and mahogany and it did a nice job giving me a flat face. Easily touched up with a No 7 and smoother.

I’ll try and update this thread later this week after the new blades come and I’ve used it a bit more.

So far seems to be worth the $80…given how loud it is you might say it’s a “screaming” deal.

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#10 posted 09-19-2021 10:28 PM

I tried one and it scared me. I used my TS with a sacrificial fence and jointer blade until I bought a floor stander.

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#11 posted 09-21-2021 01:16 AM

I can recommend the Cutech jointer. It was a pleasure to use and the results were more than acceptable. Then there’s the matter of the price tag … very affordable in my opinion at around $500 if memory serves.

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#12 posted 09-21-2021 01:36 AM

The cutech is a 6” with straight knives?

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#13 posted 09-21-2021 02:33 AM

Spiral Cutterhead Benchtop Jointer

6” or 8”

No straight knives. Did you need straight knives?

EDIT: The one that I have used was the 6” and I got the price wrong, it’s $289. I’ve also used their planer (which is $579 which is what I was recalling for price)

-- Devin, SF, CA

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#14 posted 09-21-2021 04:40 PM

The spiral head machines are more affordable now

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#15 posted 09-30-2021 04:20 AM

Just to update this for someone who stumbles across it in the future. I’ve found the machine to be a helpful addition to the shop. Would I buy a new one? No, but for $80 it was well worth it.

As soon as I have the room I’ll be getting a real jointer as this has shown me how nice and convenient that would be. In the meantime, easily get by using the bench top and fine tuning with hand planes.

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