10" Jointer/Planer Combo or Thickness Planer?

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Forum topic by david51st posted 10-07-2009 06:40 PM 3893 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-07-2009 06:40 PM

Hello all,

i have a small shop space and really only have time for my love of wood working as a hobby. I was wondering where best to invest my money? A Jointer/Planer combo or a thickness planner? If I have the combo unit do I need the thickness planner or is it a much better finisher? Please give me your thoughts?

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 06:51 PM

Combo units cost more but take up less space .If you already have a good table saw . either the jointer or planner is a good choice.Depending on what you plan on making . you can get a portable planner and a 4-6 jointer. and still have a lot left over for other tools especially if you buy used equipment.

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 07:20 PM

I’ve heard mixed things about the combo machines. I’m definitely not an expert (I own a little 6” jointer and a high-end 12” benchtop thickness planer, total about $650 new), others may be able to offer advice on specific machines.

The jointer vs planer discussion has happened on these forums before. The moral of the story is usually that there’s more than one way to skin a cat. A thickness planer can be used as a face jointer with a sled, a jointer can be used to thickness plane but you will have a hard time making the two faces parallel, the combo machine may resolve this issue however.

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 08:44 PM

Makes sense. Thanks. Does anyone have a recommendation for a thickness planer in the $500 range? Of course if there are better for less that is ok too.

I don’t have a good table saw yet. That was next on my list. I know it should be first.

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#4 posted 10-08-2009 12:06 AM

This is the one I have. I didn’t know much going in so I based most of my decisions on online reviews. There are cheaper 12” planers but not as highly reviewed.

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#5 posted 10-08-2009 12:11 AM

i gotta say planer…i was on your same boat and my dad ended up buyin me a 13” planer and then it was cheaper to buy a 6” benchtop jointer down the road…plus if you get a planer look at the bright side you won’t have to buy dressed wood at the expensive price anymore. just buy rough stock and plane it out it saves money. you cant do that with a jointer

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#6 posted 10-08-2009 02:08 PM

I recently purchased (as funds allow) the Jet 10” planner/jointer combo and have been happy with it so far.
Needed both but couldnt afford both seperately and when I was buying noticed Jets new model with the 10”

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#7 posted 10-08-2009 06:04 PM

I would have to say planer, gets you out of the 3/4” world of lumber and makes for more diverse projects. You can always use your router table to joint an edge.

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#8 posted 10-08-2009 06:21 PM

I would, and did, get the planer first. I used hand planes for a lot of years to joint edges.

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#9 posted 10-08-2009 06:39 PM

Thanks Guys. So out of these 3 models, which is better? DEWALT DW734 Heavy Duty 15 Amp 12-1/2-Inch Benchtop Planer, Makita 2012NB 12-Inch Planer with Interna-Lok Automated Head Clamp,
Ridgid R4330 27263 15 Amp 13-Inch Thickness Planer with 3-Blade Cutterhead

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