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Posted on Hand Jointer-plane Vs Power Jointer

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#1 posted 07-26-2011 08:11 PM

SnowFrog—I have both, and each does a good job of flattening stock. I use my #7 jointer plane on things too big to run through my Grizzly G0452.

IMHO, the biggest difference (aside for the obvious) is that they use different principals for flattening stock. With a jointer plane, since the plane protrudes from a flat surface as you describe, you can start in the middle of a board and take off only a small amount in a specific area. With a power jointer with infeed/outfeed tables that are slightly offset, you are dealing with the whole board, which, by definition, results in a slightly tapered board that is flat on the side you joint. Proper use of the power jointer (downward pressure on the outfeed side) can reduce/minimize the distortion that occurs from too much pressure on the infeed side.

In many shops, mine included, the jointer is is used to prep one side of the stock before it goes to the planer. Before we had power jointers and power planers, craftsmen used hand planes, scrapers, etc. to accomplish both flat stock and stock that was a uniform thickness.

With respect to the benchtop jointers, I’m not a big fan. The only way they are practical is if you are doing very short workpieces … their tables are simply too short to give acceptable results for anything longer. The tables on my G0452 ares actually too short (46”) for some of the stuff I have used it for … I just don’t have space for a bigger machine.

It’s all about compromises.


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