|Review by rwyoung||posted 01-08-2009 05:42 AM||9542 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I decided that I would like to have a 6” jointer for my garage shop. The combination of limited working space and the size of my expected projects pointed me to a benchtop jointer. Depending on what review you read, most of the models in this class are limited to 3 ft or 4 ft workpieces. That length limitation was not an issue for me as most of my projects in the queue are cabinets and small furniture.
I received the unit in good order and the packaging was quite well done with two large pieces of styrofoam molded around the unit, a heavy poly bag and sheet of rust inhibiting oil paper on the bed. By the way, the beds are cast iron and the fence is aluminum. And I was a little bit worried that the fence would be flimsy but it is quite rigid and true.
The manual is a little bit lacking and I found what I felt are a few typographical errors and mislabled diagrams. However use your head and think about what you are doing and it will be fine. Interestingly, the unit came with the three sizes of hex wrench needed, a combination wrench (8 and 10mm) size and a screwdriver with flat and philips heads. Considerate of them. It also comes with two of the grout style push blocks.
The fence was easy to align and set the stops (this is where the pictures in the manual are a little bit lacking). On my particular unit, the blades were well aligned with the outfeed table. And the infeed table was coplainer. However if this was not the case, all are adjustable.
As with all little benchtop machines, the AC motor is a screamer but it does its job. I found that it could take a full 1/8” off some cherry I had (about 4” wide) but you could hear the motor bogging a bit. At 3/32” and 1/16” cuts I could take the full 6” from a piece.
So far I’ve only run maybe 10 linear feet through. A mix of line, cherry, birch and black walnt. All did fine, the blades are quite sharp. And I had no problems with a 3 ft chunk of pine as I wanted to test a longer piece. Did not have something longer to test.
The true test will of course be after 100 board feet of hard wood have been run.
All in all, I’m quite pleased with the result and considering it was $99 before shipping this was quite a good deal.
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