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Forum topic by TheOtherMrRogers posted 08-04-2015 11:22 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-04-2015 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer

I know this has been asked a bunch of times, but here I go.

I’ve got a classic Powermatic 50 Jointer and a Shopsmith Planer Pro. My later father left me his Powermatic 15, which I will pick up shortly, so I’m at no real loss for Planers.

It’s my jointer’s limitations that has me. I would like a larger jointer.

I have a lead on an 8 Inch Grizzly, a vintage Italian Arbor PFS300, and a Robland XSDB 310.

A combo machine will help free up space, but I’m concerned about the limitation of a combo machine.

Oh, and my workshop is half of a two car garage (ok, it’s a two car garage when my wife’s car is gone.), so space is somewhat of a premium…

I know this is analysis paralysis. Any opinions?

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 01:32 AM

What are the limitations you speak of? Personally I’d love to have a combo machine and be able to joint 12” wide lumber.

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 01:53 AM

Combo machines are great when you are tight on space… however I really don’t like those that you have to flip tables and change adjustments every time you want to go from jointer to planer and back. The old Makita and Hitachi machines were great for that, as each had it’s own cutter head and independent adjustments. You could go straight from jointing right to the planer and do it all day long without touching any settings, flipping tables, pulling levers, etc….


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#3 posted 08-05-2015 02:30 AM

I have a jet 12 inch combo and I flip the top as one piece, flip the dust collector, flip a lever to engage the planer rollers, crank up the table and go. It takes almost as long to write as it does to do. No settings to change other than cranking the table.

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