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#1 posted 04-17-2013 01:54 AM

To me, the bandsaw is priceless in my shop. Before I had a decent table saw, it is where I went to get my rips done. I then usually cleaned up the edge on my router table with an offset face setup. The planer and jointer almost go together, and should usually be bought as so in my opinion. If I had to pick one, I would say planer. S2S lumber, or surfaced one face and one edge, is cheaper than fully surfaced (S4S or S6S) lumber, and you can trust it will be consistent thickness after you’re done. If you have completely rough lumber, you can always flatten one face with a hand plane and straighten an edge on the bandsaw (which you would have bought by now). The decision is really up to you of course, and you should base it off of what you feel you have the biggest issues with.

My biggest issue when I first started out was having a method of ripping and accurate curve cutting, so I knocked both out with my bandsaw. Fast forward a ways, and the issue of dealing with pre-surfaced box-store lumber is finally catching up to me. This caused me to buy the JET 10 inch jointer/planer combo, and it has worked out alright for me. If you have the budget, however, buy separate machines. If you buy decent ones, they will likely serve you much better than a space/money saving combo setup.

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