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#1 posted 03-01-2013 01:55 PM

I also recomend the Dewalt 735 planer, it just works, blades are decently priced and you can generally find them on CL as well for a small amount less then new. I got mine with the infeed outfeed tables, stand and wixely guage for $400 in good condition. I perfer the standalond jointer and planer compared to the combos. They way I look at it combo machines, at least in the lower end, are a compromise of the two machines, while they will do both jobs theres some compromise. Mainly switching between functions and width for the planer. Right now I can run the jointer then imeediatly move to my planer only set up I do is the depth setting. For jointer I had a grizzly g1182 6” for 2 years, good little jointer, 48 inch tables. If i was running anything over 6 ft I had to use support tables as it would tip a little on the mobile base. I picked it up on CL for $175. Last month I scored a powermatic 54HH 6” helical head joiner with 72” tables and wow, this thing is amazing. I can joint 8 ft boards with no tipping, its quiet and leaves an amazing finish. The one problem I always had with my griz (and this is not just a griz issue but with the straight knives) is on wood with switching grain direction. I work with alot of maple and it often times has grain reversal with the figuring. The straight knives would give me a little tear out. The helical head on the other hand Ive have yet to have any issues. I even ran a piece of figured walnut through against the grain just to see what would happen and it came out perfect. So I second the powermatic jointer too but I add if you can find a helical head one go for it. Yes an 8 would be great but like you I am space challenged (and 220 challenged) but I can see this powermatic jointer and me together until it dies, no reason to get rid of it, its that good.

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