|Review by Thomas Keefe||posted 10-02-2009 12:28 AM||11549 views||5 times favorited||24 comments|
About a year ago, I took my first woodworking class (at the age of 51!). It was the first time I had actually used a jointer or a planer. Up to this point I had always purchased S2S lumber and been limited by whatever HD had to offer. After using both of these in class, I decided I needed to be able to do this at home. However, I have a very small workshop (10’ x 10’) and a limited budget. There was no way that they would both fit and no way my wife would let me buy them. So a benchtop jointer/planer combo seemed ideal. I purchased this from Woodcraft for ~$300 a year ago and am very pleased with it.
It has several limitations:
1) It has a short table (about 30” from end to end) which limits the size of the stock that can be jointed. However, with a 10’ x 10’ work area this kind of limitation is not new.
2) It is a combination machine so when going from jointing to planing the machine needs to be reconfigured. This requires that the dust shroud be moved from under the cutter head assembly to over it. Most of the time comes from cranking the planer bed all the way down and then most of the way up.
3) The blades (2) are somewhat thin (~1/16”) reducing the number of times they can be resharpened. I have only had the blades sharpened once. They seem OK but I am not sure I can do it again.
I am happy with the machine. It has been reliable and I think it does a nice job. I have used it mostly on white oak (some quarter sawn) and have been happy with the results. It doesn’t take up much space, but it is heavy and has a sturdy feel.
I have a few quality problems with the machine.
a) There is an extension outfeed table for the planar. This has adjustment so that the output table can be aligned with the planar bed to reduce snipe. However, the adjustment method provided did not work properly. Because of this, I had to shim the table to get it aligned.
b) At some point, checked and found that the infeed and outfeed table were not coplanar. It was off perhaps .01 over a range of 2’. I suspect the impact it had was pretty minor. I decided I had to do something about it. I called JET and was connected with a very knowledgeable technician immediately. He understood the problem immediately and sent me an email with instructions for fixing the problem. I applied the fix and haven’t any further issues.
I have attached some pictures from a brochure on JET’s website that shows various views of the machine along with an shot of the drive mechanism.
Again, I like this machine. It is reliable, does a good job, doesn’t cost much and doesn’t take up much space.