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Blog entry by lab7654 posted 761 days ago 1453 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Earlier this week I pulled the trigger on my first jointer and planer: the JET JJP-10BTOS 10” jointer/planer combo. I’ve been debating the purchase for a while; reading reviews, waiting for sales, etc. I was originally going to get the 8” model, since it was the only one in my budget, but CPO was running a sale on this one for $400. That’s only $30 more than the 8” one, and this one comes with a stand. Good deal, check it out if you’re planning on buying one of these soon. Anyway, I was awakened by a doorbell and my barking dog this morning, and lo and behold: a huge box dropped off on my front step. I whipped out a dolly and wheeled it over to to the garage for immediate assembly. I’ll get more into this in the coming review, after I thoroughly test it of course. But, I thought I would blow off some of the initial excitement, and what better a place to do so than LJ’s :).

Here’s the machine itself, on top of my integrated makeshift mobile base ($20 mover’s dolly), and my DIY office chair for scooting around between the box with the parts and the machine (a chair on another dolly).

And don’t worry, the cutterhead guard is now on. Safety first!

Oh and one question for those of you who own one of these: When I move the cutter guard back, like I’m jointing a board, the front edge of it drags on the outfeed table. It leaves a red paint mark now, which can be wiped off, but I’m worried about it wearing into the table with time. Is this standard? Can I adjust it? For now I’ll just put some red tape on it to buffer it, but it might be a negative in the coming review if it can’t be fixed.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.



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Nate Meadows

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#1 posted 761 days ago

Good choice to go with the ten inch! You would have gotten the eight then had all these projects that required a wider cut. Keep up the enthusiasm!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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dbhost

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#2 posted 761 days ago

Good luck getting the tables squared up. Keep us posted. I am hoping the bugs of the first units got ironed out by now… I REALLY like the idea behind these machines, and if they finally turn out to be good, useful machines, I might swap out my benchop planer and jointer for one of these units…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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lab7654

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#3 posted 761 days ago

Nate- I agree, I’m really happy I got the 10”. Most people only have a 6”... this capacity will be great!

dbhost- Yeah, I was a little leery about this machine because of the reviews of warped fences, god-awful coplanarity, and the like. So far, the fence checks out alright, and seems to stay in position well. I’m bringing the machine to my cabin this weekend, and staying there for a week, so I’ll have plenty of time to play around with it. Review should be expected on Monday or Tuesday next week.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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dbhost

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#4 posted 761 days ago

Warped fence is one thing (easy enough to get them to replace that…) but the coplanar issues are what worry me about these machines… If they got those issues ironed out, I would love to grab one…

One thing interesting to note. The “Verified buyer” reviews on Woodcraft were all positive. There was the one negative “Verified Reviewer” review, and the ones that were nasty were from unverified folks…

I would be way more prone to taking the word of somebody that actually owns the equipment than someone that is just talking about it…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Alexandre

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#5 posted 761 days ago

That thing is TINY?
I thought it was a big machine.

-- My terrible signature...

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BTimmons

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#6 posted 761 days ago

Yeah, I would expect a 10” jointer to have a much longer bed. I’ve seen 6” models that are double that length.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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lab7654

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#7 posted 761 days ago

It’s meant to be small, keeps cost low. And it’s a benchtop thing, not a floor model. The only reason these come as 8” or 10” is because of the planer, a 6” planer is relatively useless.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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Philip

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#8 posted 761 days ago

Let us know, I’m interested in something like this… Maybe Christmas.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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NormG

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#9 posted 761 days ago

Congrats, have a wonderful week of making chips

-- Norman

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crashn

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#10 posted 760 days ago

I have had my eyes on the grizzly 10” or 12” jointer/planer combo. I am leaning towards the 12” because a spiral cutter head is available. Not so for the 10”

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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lab7654

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#11 posted 749 days ago

UPDATE: This past week, I played around with the jointer and made a few cuts- but not really enough to make a review out of. I’ll hold off on the review for a couple weeks, as I’m going on vacation for a week. Couple of things though: the scraping cutterhead guard has been fixed… I had the spring wound the wrong way. Oops. Also, upon first operation, I heard a huge crash inside of the machine as it powered down. I opened it up to find that the planer roller drive chain had come off. I got it back on and did another cut, and the same thing happened. This time, a snap ring flew off when I opened up the machine. My guess was that the snap ring was already partially off from the beginning, allowing play in the bottom sprocket, which caused the chain to come off. With the snap ring back on, the machine functions as normal.

P.S.- The tables are about 10 thousandths out of coplanar. There’s no instruction on how to adjust this, as others have said, so I’ll be contacting JET for that. But for now, 10 thou isn’t enough to stop me from making cuts.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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jumbojack

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#12 posted 383 days ago

10 thou is HUGE!

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Buckethead

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#13 posted 383 days ago

As I understand it, the 10 thousandths is magnified exponentially when jointing longer stock. I was really wanting to buy this same machine, but the reviews scared me away. Conceptually, this machine is a home run, now if they could just clean up the coplanar issue. Even if it made the machine a hundred bucks more expensive.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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