|Review by ErikF||posted 10-13-2012 02:26 AM||7413 views||1 time favorited||34 comments|
I needed to upgrade from by benchtop jointer to a stationary unit so I purchased this jointer last week at my local Harbor Freight. I have had some good luck with their power tools and read some good reviews about this specific jointer. The setup took some work due to the terrible owners manual that comes in the box…it has about 6 random pictures along with a few pages of text only instructions. I had to change a few pieces around as I went but managed to get it assembled in a couple hours.
Once it was put together I noticed a few things: the tables were nowhere near where they should be to make an accurate cut and that one of the knives had a few dings. I went to harbor freight with the knife, they didn’t have another planer in stock so they let me swap it out with their display model so easy fix there.
I spent most of yesterday getting the tables adjusted and they are close as I can get them to coplanar. I set the knives using a small plane of glass and magnets I set on the out-feed table. Once the blades were set I waxed both tables and the fence then it was time for a test run. I took a few passes and got some snipe on the tail of the board. I adjusted the out-feed table and ended up with a flat board.
This jointer should serve me well and it received 4 stars due to the fact it has some plastic parts that I would have preferred been cast (adjustment wheels mostly). I purchased a two year warranty for and extra 50 bucks and in my experience they back their warranties without any fuss. Hope this review is useful to someone out there!
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