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Project by LMJ posted 02-02-2014 10:00 PM 1749 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay, I know, most folks would scoff at the Jointer/Planer that I picked up but it was a much needed addition to my shop and has, thusfar, done exactly what was advertised and what was required for my latest project. Kind of a late Christmas present to me from me. The Jet JJP-8BT had its problems coming out of the box, the biggest of which was the manual – see picture 3. Couldn’t believe it but… self explanatory if you look at it. Printed part of the manual from the net and forged ahead. (Just glad I didn’t get the Russian tablesaw. ;) The testing and setup went easier than most that I read about when researching the product. Had a bit of a time getting the blade depth just right but once there, no problems. I was able to run a couple of boards through – had some issues getting the dust collector properly set underneath but, brain farts aside, all went okay. It didn’t take long to find that there was a small nick in both blades somehow that caused a raised channel less than a mm wide about 5 inches from the fence so was a bit miffed about that. When I called Jet service about it, they sent a new manual and a new set of blades out that day so I can’t complain about that side of things.

I ran the first couple of boards with it sitting on the benchtop. WAAAYYY too tall for me. Tried it on the floor… Way too short. Had to find the happy medium that would also allow for storage out of the way. The cart is just your basic box with some wheels under it for mobility and it just about scrapes the bottom of the bench when put away. It was still a bit low so I added the fold-down legs to the sides and, voila, just about right. Really do need to make a drawer for the “stuff” that is in the box but have bigger fish to fry for the moment and will get to it.


-- Just another day in paradise.

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#1 posted 02-03-2014 01:17 AM

Nice build. Nothing wrong with custom building something to fit your needs. It looks very portable. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-03-2014 03:14 AM

I have had that same machine for a bit now. Works well. Nice simple looking stand.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 02-03-2014 06:23 PM

I have been eyeballing the 10” version of that machine, but have been leery of it due to the poor reviews. The 8” has the same reputation… I would be interested in seeing how well it pans out for you in the long term. I could use the space in my shop bought back from a separate planer / jointer…

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#4 posted 04-27-2014 04:20 AM

How is this machine working out? I’m in the market for a combo, but like dbhost, have been put off by the poor reviews.

-- If you are flammable and have legs, you are never blocking a fire exit. -Mitch Hedberg

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