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08-08-2015 04:25 PM

I was in the market of upgrading my Delta 6” bench top jointer to a a possible 8” or 10” and during my search I ran across both of the Jet 8” and 10” jointers but after viewing the reviews here on LJ’s and on Amazon both places are rating each jointer 8” and 10” less than good disposable tool ratings? I’d thought Jet being a high quality tool manufacture these would be gems, after reading the reviews I’m staying far away from both of these and will also consider staying away from Jet all together, I’m a bit skeptical now.

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#1 posted 08-08-2015 04:44 PM

I have a full size 8”. It’s a solid machine.

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 05:28 PM

Blackie, I sold my 10 inch jointer…I just didn’t use it. With a 5 horse Unisaw Forrest blade, and a 20 inch Powermatic planer with a helix head and a dual drum sander there is just no need. The saw and planer straighten out most problems. The secret is to flip boards from side to side on alternate passes of the planer. Put your money into a better planer instead of a jointer would be my advice. You won’t believe how much more quiet the helix head makes a planer.

If you have to have a jointer, buy one with a helix head. I am sold on Byrd’s helix head cutters.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-08-2015 06:06 PM


Regarding upgrading tools; I think it depends on how often you will use it? I don’t know about Jet except on the air cleaner that was sold on Amazon when I was looking for a hanging type. Same problem was identified in several critiques. I went with Grizzly. Now Grizzly has many levels of power equipment.

Since you are now a business and maybe spending more time in production as well as having increased sales, you might consider another step up? Depreciation goes over 7 years. Grizzly also offers a credit deal same as cash.

Al was talking about Helical cutters. Saw some YouTube examples on those, and although more expensive have multiple cutters than can be replaced.

I told myself a long time ago that I would replace my starter tools with better professional tools when I got more professional. LOL! Not there yet, but I think you are?

Do you plan to make product outside of boxes? That would be a significant factor in my choice of tools.

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#4 posted 08-08-2015 07:44 PM

Well I’ve been doing pretty well with what I have, and I’m still learning, what prompted this search for a new jointer happened during this months woodworking meeting with my local woodworkers the subject was brought up on planing rough woods and I stated how I had been doing it, I was corrected by a fellow woodworking in that that planer is not the proper method in getting a square edge, I was told that the board needed to be planed on the jointer first on both edge and side to get it square then take it to the planer, I never knew this.

I’m not quite ready to bite off a huge chuck yet on a beastly jointer just yet so I’ll go with Alan’s suggestion, I just upgraded from my starter planer to a 13” Dewalt just recently so no room in the near future to upgrade again in that area but I’ll continue to make due with what I have for now unless I find a good deal on a used item.

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#5 posted 08-08-2015 09:36 PM

Hi Randy. I have had bad luck with 3 Jet tools I have owned and therefore rule out any more Jet tools in my shop. Go with a Grizzly. I have had very good luck with them an every tool I bought from them.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 08-08-2015 09:46 PM

Good to know Jim, thanks!

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#7 posted 08-09-2015 01:00 PM

Where jet may have once been a brand of tools built to more exacting standards, today it’s just a premium priced brand name of decidedly average Asian made tools. Like you, I thought they were all that and a bag of chips until I finally owned one. Several months of grief and less than stellar customer support led me to sell what I thought was a CL find and replace the 18” disappointment of a band saw with a 10-340 sold by a fellow woodnet tear. I’ve owned my first, and last, jet tool.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 08-09-2015 01:08 PM

I upgraded to an 8” Grizzly jointer and I’m happy I did. I found it on Craigs list years ago. It’s got plenty of beef and after a few “fine-tuning” adjustments, it does what it’s supposed to. Gems can be found on Craigs list. Grizzly does have some decent prices for new machines as well. Good luck in your hunt to upgrade. Even new machines may need a bit of tweeking tho.

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