|Review by MoshupTrail||posted 06-08-2013 05:47 PM||10616 views||3 times favorited||26 comments|
- Steel City 40610GH - Benchtop Jointer 6" Helical Head, Granite
- Brand: Steel City | Category: Jointers
Got this after waiting quite a while for one to come in.
I have a 2-car garage and not enough room for a floor-standing jointer. So I had been looking for a good quality jointer that I could use in a small space.
Out of the box. Not bad. An awful lot of plastic bags with parts, but once I got started it only took about 1/2 hour to assemble. The directions were pitiful. Perhaps from an older model? I gave up on them quickly. It’s not difficult to figure everything out.
The one thing a jointer needs to do well is get the fence absolutely perpendicular to the bed. This took a lot of jiggering and fiddling. There’s a single set screw to adjust the angle, but it only works when the fence is loosened slightly. So when you tighten it back up, of course the angle shifts a bit.
Eventually I got it.
The dust port fits my Ridgid Shop Vac hose perfectly.
So I tried it out.
Sweet! The cut is just as smooth as a knife-blade jointer and its quieter.
Summary: This is a very nice little machine. Will work well in my small shop. They could have done a better job on the fence adjustments. But hopefully I don’t have to repeat that often.
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