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Blog entry by Dyidawg posted 02-25-2010 11:50 PM 922 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,

I’m looking to buy a bench jointer to add to small garage shop. Anything I should be aware of or are there any recommendations on what I should buy? Approximate budget: up to $200.

Thanks
Aldo

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kosta

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 12:07 AM

Personally I would get a 8in or 10in jointer/ planner combo machine and only use the jointer. Most boards that your gonna use are going to be over 6 in wide just because they are in a rough form. So if you get the bigger jointer you can use it on more projects. Jet makes some really nice benchtop combo machines so you should check those out.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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richgreer

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 12:37 AM

My first jointer was a small bench top jointer. Mine was a Delta, but I don’t think the brand matters much. I found that this jointer was very limited. It was really only good for giving me a good edge for gluing and it was not real good at that.

I hate to be the negative one but I always want to give my honest opinion.

There are other ways to get a good edge for gluing such as using a high quality ripping blade in your table saw and/or there are ways you can use your router to get a good edge.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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David Craig

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 01:36 AM

I have the 8inch jointer/planer combo by Jet. It is an ok machine but I think, if I did it all over again and went strictly with benchtop models I would have picked up this model by Grizzly.. It won’t be a light model to haul around, but it is a cast iron table, has decent horse, and looks pretty heavy duty to me. Most of your benchtop models are aluminum tables which I am not as fond of. Just my humble opinion :)

David

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UnionLabel

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 03:07 AM

I have a 4 inch bench top jointer, got it from a sale for $100 bucks. Have down sized to a small garage shop and cannot possibly use anything bigger. Just don’t have the room. Check Craig’s List. Mine is an old Craftsman cast iron !hp 3 knife unit. I put it on an old metal stand I had and roll it out of the way now. The older ones are out there, you just have to keep looking. Don’t get me wrong, I had an 8 inch Delta a long time ago and would love to have it back, but the shop now dictates the size of machinery I can have.
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dbhost

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 07:25 PM

I have a Sunhill Machinery SM-150B, which is no longer being sold, but was merely a sticker rebranding of the “Geetech 6 benchtop jointer. Woodworkers Supply has them for $139.99. I am very happy with the machine, I have not come across the limits others mention on it. Only issue is that is, and all of the ones like it are LOUD. But ear muffs are a good thing…

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kosta

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 09:33 PM

I would rather have a 8 in benchtop jointer then a 6 in floor standing jointer

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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dannymac

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 09:50 PM

I’ve got me a 6” delta benchtop

works great never had any problems

never needed anything bigger

-- dannymac

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nailbanger2

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 10:09 PM

Please don’t waste your money on the Porter Cable 6” benchtop, I, unfortunately have this one. Not a happy camper.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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