|Review by lab7654||posted 09-26-2012 11:17 PM||7010 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
I bought this machine in July when CPO started running them on sale for $400. I was originally going to get the 8” version, but it wasn’t on sale and with the sale price of the 10” one, it was only $30 less. The 10” one comes with a stand, so even with the extra $30 you are probably paying the same. Anyway, I set it up at home as soon as I got it (first picture) and brought it to my cabin later that week. Upon the first start up, it made a rumbling noise when it shut down. I didn’t think much of it at the time. When I ran the first board (3/4” edge joint, taking two 1/32” passes) through the jointer, however, I heard a sudden loud clicking noise when it powered down. I took the pulley cover off to reveal the planer roller drive chain had fallen off. I got it back on, but it kept happening. At this point, I couldn’t really gauge its performance with the few cuts I had taken. I sent it back to CPO (details here) and got a brand new one within the same week. Very happy on both JET and CPO’s part in this.
The machine performs very well in my opinion. The 10” jointer capacity is phenomenal, and the motor has plenty of power for it if you take light passes. I haven’t checked it with feeler gauges yet, but the coplanarity of the tables seems acceptable. The fence is also satisfactory, without warp. These two things are the most commonly complained about, so either JET reads reviews and is cracking down on this, or I got lucky. The planer does a nice job as well, but you really have to follow the guideline of taking only 1/16” off. If you try to take more, the cutterhead grabs the board a little and cocks it sideways. This hasn’t affected cut quality, but it seems like it would be a potential hazard. Another thing, don’t try to set the depth of cut from the infeed side of the planer, do it from the outfeed side. On the infeed side there is a row of sharp, grabby anti-kickback fingers that will grab onto your board when you try to remove it. You will not get it out without marring the heck out of your board. I kind of like the fingers, as it ensures safety, but just be aware of them. Overall cut quality is very good for both modes so far, even with only two knives. We’ll see how it is when the knives some miles on them, as I have heard they are disposable.
So, bottom line: I love this machine. It finally gives me the capacity I need for a very reasonable price. I would recommend it to people like me, who would use this moderately. It really isn’t a heavy-use production machine, but contractors who have the occasional need would find it helpful as well.
Hindsight edit: I didn’t cover the issue of snipe in the review, probably because it is so minimal that it slipped my mind. On the planer, the depth is controlled by adjusting the table, rather than the cutterhead. I think this has something to do with it. It also has a lock knob to cut down on what little snipe there is, but I tend not to use it. That being said, what snipe there is can be evened out with some 80 grit if the dimension isn’t vital.
-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.