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Posted on Where to start, and recommendations for jointer

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#1 posted 12-12-2017 08:29 PM

There’s little to nothing in the way of new jointers that fit your budget and requirements. There are a few benchtop models, but they’re pretty chincy. The possible exception is the Cutech jointer, which is supposedly decent.

You can definitely find a good 6” jointer on the used market for a lot less than $500, and anything can be put on a mobile base. Look for a longer bed Craftsman, Delta, Jet, Grizzly, or generic import jointer. You should expect to pay anywhere from $150-$300, depending on condition. Ultimately, all cast iron jointers are pretty similar, so don’t be sucked in by some overpriced 20-year-old Powermatic 6” that someone wants to sell for $500.

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