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#1 posted 01-04-2017 05:57 AM

I also agree with a1Jim and recommend the router and then a planer before the jointer. It is probably easier to buy lumber that has already been surface prepared than to mill rough lumber right off the bat. Since you plan to replace whatever saw you buy in a few years, check out Craig’s list for some good used saws. You can get a good saw and save money if you are patient. Just do some research as there are few saws out there that you just should not buy because of design flaws.

You didn’t mention why you want a jointer so if there is a particular project that you think needs one, let us know. I have a porter cable benchtop jointer that I bought used off of Craig’s list and it actually works very well, once I got sharp blades on it and had them set at the correct height. I don’t need a jointer often and space is an issue so I am able to do most of what I need with the small jointer and not take up a lot of space in my garage.

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