Probably 3 or 6 months ago, I picked up a little Jointer at Harbor Freight. I had a 20% off coupon and it was on sale too, so I got it for about 2/3 of list price. I didn’t have anywhere to put it so it sat in the box until sometime in December.
Finally, more than 3 years after the shop was built, in early December, I got the attic floor completed, and moved hundreds of boxes of stuff upstairs – so that now I have room to work down below. So, opened the box and set up the jointer. Now, before I began, I considered this to be my “starter” jointer. I just bought it because it was probably the cheapest cast-iron 6-inch jointer with a stand that I could buy. I figured that if it worked at all, it was worth the money and I could use it until I get a real jointer.
Well, I had the good fortune to have a visit from my old (retired) pastor friend, who before he entered the ministry was a tool and die maker. We sat there and dialed that thing in so that both ends of all 3 blades were within 2 thousanths of the same level.
All I can say I can’t imagine $200 better spent on a tool. It works quite sweetly. The table is short, but for the things I have jointed – up to 48inches long, it did a fine job. Now, I can’t really face joint anything except for narrow stuff, but I already have found this little machine quite useful. If you take the time to dial it in, it serves well. I’ll post some photos and talk more about the blade adjustment procedure when I get more time.