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#1 posted 03-01-2013 10:53 PM

About planer jointer combos: Both Rikons (10” and 12”) got quite good reviews in the 2013 “Tool Guide”. So did the 10” Grizzly. If you need to go larger, both the Grizz and Jet 12” got good reviews.

I’ve seen almost universally poor reviews of Jet’s cheaper, smaller combo machines, the 8” and 10”. I certainly wouldn’t consider one without looking at Amazon and the customer reviews. Amazon has the Rikon, too, and it probably includes free shipping.

I bought the Jet JJP12-HH combo (even though I’d settled on the Grizzly) because an incredibly excellent deal came up. I like it very much, and with a Wixey remote digital readout, resetting planer depths (after having switched over to jointer) is almost a non-issue. And I agree totally with the spiral or helical heads mentioned above. (The deal I got was in Auburn, WA, from a Jet/Powermatic outlet that handles scratch & dent stuff; I had to haul it—about a 4 hour round trip drive for me, but my understanding is that they do not include free shipping from that site, which would be pretty costly to MA. You can watch for a similar deal on the Seattle CL. They do come up occasionally).

It does seem odd that most people have a planer that goes wider than their jointer, even though there are work-a-rounds, which are always makeshift. But no matter how wide a capacity you get, sooner or later you’ll wish you had another inch or two.

Oh, if you decide to go with one of the larger combo machines, they will require 220v. Don’t know whether that is a problem for you.


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