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Jet Planer/Jointer Combo?

by Brian024
posted 1957 days ago


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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1957 days ago

dunno, as versatile as those new jets look, they seem to be part of their B3NCH product line which looks like it’s a lower quality than other jointers on the market… (aluminum fence compared to a cast iron fence.. fence adjustements, etc).

it looks tempting – I can’t say that it doesn’t, but I would give it a bit more time to see how other’s like those machines, and how their stand up to normal use and abuse.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#2 posted 1957 days ago

sure would be nice to have a 12” jointer though.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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smokey1945

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#3 posted 1957 days ago

1/8” max on both planing and jointing. 1/16” recommended. I have bought one but have not used it yet, or even put it togather. But after months of research and studying what I would be doing, I felt Jet was a reputable company. AND it fit my budget also. mho :o)

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 1957 days ago

Chico, I think the OP is referring to the smaller 8” and 10” models that Jet has introduces not too long ago as part of their B3NCH product line, and not the 12” beast that has been in the market for a year or so…

smokey – keep us posted once you have it setup and working – I’m sure many here would benefit from it. like I said – it’s a tempting machine, and for most -it’ll be more than enough at a good price.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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smokey1945

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#5 posted 1956 days ago

I’ll be happy to.

-- TheShadeTreeWW If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees

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Brian024

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#6 posted 1955 days ago

Purp, yeah I’m not in a big hurry but it would make things easier if I had atleast a planer. I figured these, the 8” and 10”, were newer because I haven’t been able to find that much on them.

Smokey, I meant what is the maximum planning thickness, but I found it on Woodcrafts site which for the 8” it says 4.92”. And definitely keep us posted.

If I could afford the 12” then I would definitely leap at it but its way to far out of my budget.

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Chris

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#7 posted 1955 days ago

Brian,

I asked a similar question a while back. Hope it helps….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Brian024

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#8 posted 1955 days ago

Thanks Chris, yes it did help.

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ChicoWoodnut

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#9 posted 1955 days ago

Thanks PurpLev,

My boss must be rubbing off on me.

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Yikes!

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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Jeremy

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#10 posted 1954 days ago

I have a jet combo. I love it! I have the 12 inch bench top model with stand. Its my first jointer and planner so it took me a while to get it set up but its really pretty awesome in my small shop! 12in blades are hard to make level! The in feed table took some adjusting so I’d be prepared for that. I’m still workin on the dust collection but I’m pretty sure with my new vac it’ll work much better. It is quite loud so get yourself a pair of good hearing protection.

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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Brian024

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#11 posted 1954 days ago

Thanks Jeremy, good to hear. I’m going to make a trip to Woodcraft on saturday so maybe they will have one on display or maybe some more information on them.

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mattm

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#12 posted 1953 days ago

I am very close to pulling the trigger on one of the 10” models myself. I did just get a Grizzly planer a couple of months ago, but at the same time a 10” jointer for about the same price as a 6” Ridgid or Grizzly is too good to pass up, and I’ve seen favorable things said about them.

Also, I think I might grab it off of Amazon of all places, because that has the added benefits of free shipping and no sales tax. There are some reviews of them up at Amazon, as well.

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 1953 days ago

I have been looking at these also..it’s a great space saving design. As far as the thickness of passes, in the cabinet shop I worked in they had a very high end German planer, and the max recommended thickness was 1/16”, and realistically I wouldn’t want to take off more than that per pass anyways. I also like the fact that it is a 12” jointer..that is sweet. Try pricing out that separately and then you will really see the savings!

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PurpLev

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#14 posted 1953 days ago

Chico, rub that boss off of you before it’s too late ;)

amazon reviews look pretty good indeed. not really based on a long experience with the unit, but for what it’s worth it is good. one person wrote that the unit is priced similar to other 12” planers on the market, and made a good point that even if the jointer is not the best – for the planer part itself it pays for itself.

sounds like there are some limitations which I was originally referring to (jointer fence, table length, etc) but seems like there are ways around those (spacers, extension tables, etc).

looks promising for what it is.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Jeremy

74 posts in 1955 days


#15 posted 1953 days ago

Sorry I misspoke (typed). I have a 10 inch bench model. But, I still think its great! Jointer and all but as I said, it took a little set up time.

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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Brian024

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#16 posted 1953 days ago

I hadn’t thought about Amazon Matt, but like I said, I’m going to make a trip to Woodcraft on Saturday so maybe I can get some more info.

Brad, that’s one of the reason’s why I’m looking really hard at these, the planer and jointer I priced from Grizzly came out to about double the price of the 8”, plus it saves me the space of 2 machines.

As far as setup goes, after what I went through with my table saw, set-up is not problem to me.

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JasonIndy

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#17 posted 1950 days ago

Brian, I’ve been looking at the same thing, as I’m short on space and this looks like a great deal. I had been eyeing that Delta benchtop jointer but I heard it’s a piece of junk. The reviews that I’ve heard are favorable. If you end up taking the plunge please do a review and let us know how it turns out…

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Brian024

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#18 posted 1950 days ago

I will be glad to do that. From what I have seen the Delta jointer that you are talking about is junk. I was looking at the planers at Lowes and it was beside them and the fence really turned me off.

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Bret

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#19 posted 1940 days ago

I too have been looking at one of these. Has anyone actually put one together and used it yet?

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mattm

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#20 posted 1934 days ago

Alright, slight update. Still considering the 10” model, and I found one on craigslist for $350. I was kind of surprised, giving that these seem to be fairly new. The ad mentions that he’s used it with some “light” wood for guitar making. I contacted the seller and here is what he said to say:

The fence is poor but planer and face use is great

Should I take this to mean that edge jointing is not so hot? Since I would be purchasing this for the jointer portion (already have a planer), I am wondering if I should just play it safe and get a more traditional 6” jointer.

The Amazon reviews are still pretty favorable, but I’m just nervous about shelling out for something that might not be any good, I suppose.

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PurpLev

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#21 posted 1934 days ago

yeah, that’s kinda what I was commenting about in the first post – the fence is aluminum, or light composite of some sort, similar to the delta benchtop jointer which is nor up to par with heavy jointing jobs. it’s far from being comparable to a cast iron, or a more rigid jointer fence, but thats the payoff you make to get this combination machine. it’s a give and take situation. this IS Jet’s “bench” line of products which is aimed more at the homeowner (so it seems) and doesnt seem to be meant for heavy duty work.

if you’re tight on space, and budget, and need something to get you by – this would be great.

but if you plan on sticking with woodworking for the long run, I’d recomment getting a dedicated machine for jointing and one for planing, that are of better quality – esp. the fence on the jointer, which is 50% of the machine (in terms of performance)

I am however speaking in general, and basing my opinion on choice of materials for this machine as I have yet to even see these machines in person, and like the rest of you, am interested to see how they will perform, and how much they can handle.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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a1Jim

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#22 posted 1934 days ago

I have had better luck with grizzly than jet ,the thing about combo machines is just as you get set up to do one operation then you need to do one of the other operations that same machine does then you have to switch over . I know it’s suppose to be an easy switch over but if you have the room and money I would get the two separate tools

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Jeremy

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#23 posted 1934 days ago

As I posted before, I have this tool in the 10” model. I have not experienced any problems with the fence. I have not tried it at a 45 degree angle but I can tell you that it holds 90 degrees very well! It is true that this tools is not as rigid as those made of solid cast iron but in a shop as I have, space is an issue. My biggest problem is trying to adjust my knives! Asking friends who are pro woodworkers, I learned that this is an issue somtimes. Still learning and working on it!

However, if I had already owned a planner prior to this purchase, I would have bought a stand alone jointer. Somthing in cast iron for sure!

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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Brian024

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#24 posted 1933 days ago

Ok, a little update, after thinking about it, I think I am going to go ahead and buy one. The main factors are space and my budget, which one of these fits into nicely. I wasn’t sure on the 8” or 10”, but after hearing about the 20% sale next weekend, I think I’ll spend the little bit more and get the 10”. Once, I get it I’ll post an initial review and show the set up.

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PurpLev

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#25 posted 1933 days ago

sweet ,I’ll be looking forward to it. good luck on the purchase.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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SCOTSMAN

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#26 posted 1933 days ago

the combo’s like this are pretty much the done thing over here and are great so don’t worry I can’t comment on jet as I don’t hear to many good things about them but combo’s are fantastic go for it.Alistair

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mattm

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#27 posted 1932 days ago

So I ended-up taking the 10” model home last night. Things seemed to check out. Have not yet had a chance to really work with it, but I’ll add my thoughts to the others when I do.

Kind of sad, though, the guy I bought it from makes guitars part time, but business has dried up so he is selling off some of his equipment. He had some pretty nice looking stuff.

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timkilroy

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#28 posted 1931 days ago

I know that you’ve made your choice…but I am so excited about Woodcraft’s 20% Jet sale on he 15th, that I am going and getting the 10” as well, and I am buying a Jet mini-lathe! My wife is going to kill me!

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mattm

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#29 posted 1931 days ago

Hah, good luck with smoothing over the lathe situation. Luckily my wife just asked what she could get for an equal amount of money. Perhaps that’s not so lucky.

Anyway, I was considering picking a new one up at that 20% off sale, but my local Woodcraft supposedly doesn’t stock those models in-store, according to the person I talked to a couple of days ago.

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Brian024

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#30 posted 1920 days ago

Well bad news guys, I wasn’t able to buy it. I called down to the store to order it on Friday and the guy said I couldn’t order it unless I ordered with a credit card, which I don’t have right now. He tried talking to the manager but she said since it is something they don’t order often, they wouldn’t take the order, since if I wasn’t able to buy it they would have trouble selling it. The other option was to drive to the store which I couldn’t do, since I was busy on saturday and had no way of making it there. I don’t blame her thoug eventhough it would have been nice to order it, enough ranting though.

Since I’ve saved the money up I think I might put it towards the Dewalt 734 planer. Or go with my original plan and get a Grizzly planer and jointer because after thinking about it, I may be able to rearrange my shop to be able to fit both it, well at least the jointer because the planer with be portable.

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Jeremy

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#31 posted 1920 days ago

Bumber…

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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mattm

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#32 posted 1919 days ago

I haven’t had much time to test mine out, but from my limited time with it thus far I’ve experienced something for myself that I’ve read over and over again: Properly setting up the knives is VERY important. Hopefully I’ll finally get that portion of things squared away this weekend so I can finally start using the thing.

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woodspar

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#33 posted 1919 days ago

12” Jet combo (drool, drool…)

-- John

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rbterhune

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#34 posted 1846 days ago

I am in the process of returning 2, not 1 but 2, of the Jet 10” jointer/planer combo tools. I ordered the first at Amazon.com, got it, put it together…1 broken part, warped fence, tables not coplanar. Warranty replacement of fence still warped. The tables, even after Jet’s recommended adjustment (limited to play in screw holes) there was still 1/8” difference in the beds. I ordered a replacement…same thing on the coplanar tables. I gave up and decided to return them.

It’s a shame. I have a Jet table saw I love and the little combo unit I was excited about because I have a real need for both tools and have limited space.

Incidentally, I’m also new, so that’s another reason I wanted this little unit.

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JasonIndy

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#35 posted 1844 days ago

I’ve been pricing a little bit, and for a hair more you could get both a Grizzly benchtop jointer and benchtop planer. Reviews are favorable on the jointer and decent for the planer, but I liked the idea someone mentioned earlier about getting a dedicated tool for each task.

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