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#1 posted 12-22-2011 04:34 PM

What do you think you will need a planer for? Unless you’re planing rough cut lumber or glued up panels most lumber is sufficently planed that it can be sanded smooth. A jointer in indespensible for woodworking, you need straight smooth edges and a joiner’s about the only way to accomplish that.

I’ve been using a 6” Powermatic for over 10 years in my cabinet shop and I can’t thing of a single time I’ve used more than 1 1/2 ” of the cutter, mostly just 3/4”. Jet and Powermatic are basiclly the same machine.

A planer is a nice machine to have if you are going to justify it’s cost. I’ve had a Powermatic 15” about as long as the joiner and I mainly only use it to plane down cabinet door panels before running them through the drum sander. I can order my stock planed for just a few cents more than unplaned, isn’t worth the time for me to plane it. I do order it oversize because their planer leaves a lot ot be desired for a finish.

If money is limited, and whose isn’t these days, I would spring for a good joiner and just buy stock that doesn’t need planing for now. Later on if you still feel the need you can get one and you’ll have 2 quality machines. Jusy MHO.


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