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Posted on New combo Jointer/Planer and table saw dilemma - opinions please

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 11:14 AM

Sounds like you’re basically talking about trading 2” of jointing/planing width for 1 more HP of tablesaw + potentially poor service on the j/p. You’re really the only one that can make that call, but it comes down to the stock you use/plan on using.

How much jointing have you needed to do on boards that were between 10” and 12”?

How much thick stock do you use on the TS? Do you use a lot of really hard species?

Is this your only planer, or do you have a ~13” lunchbox? I ask because for ME, 10” of planing width is too small. But that’s only me – I know my sweet spot for jointing is between 6” and 8” and my sweet spot for planing is between 10-15”, based on the stock I usually acquire.

Personally, I’d be a little wary of Laguna until their customer service track record really starts improving. You want to know they will take care of you if there’s something wrong and you’ve got a three-quarter-ton lemon sitting in your shop. Experience dictates Grizzly probably will.

Too bad Grizz doesn’t make a spiral cutter of their 10” J/P combo.

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