Okay I went to Ideal Saw Works on Saturday and picked up the new jointer. It’s a Jet JJ-6CSDX with the 56” long bed and quick setting knife head. I have to say, that cast iron bed is heavy. It was something like 165 lbs and I could barely pick it up! It took me about an hour to set it up. Most every one who has reviewed a Jet jointer has said theirs was ready to go out of the box, but I had a couple little issues. One of the blades must have shifted after it was set, because it was about .015” on the high side. Also the 90° stop for the fence was off slightly. And I do mean slightly. Probably not even half a degree, but I prefer more accuracy than 1/2° tolerance.
The funny thing is, I waited a month after SWMBO greenlighted it to get this thing and haven’t even turned it on yet. I spent so much time making room for it and cleaning the shop that I don’t want to get the floor dirty now. :D
-- Rob McCune