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jat

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08-21-2015 11:57 PM

I am considering the Hammer A3 31 Jointer Planer. Anyone have any recent experience with the newest machines?


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#1 posted 08-22-2015 11:01 AM

I got the Jet JJP 12 HH during the 15% off sale earlier this year. I sold my grizzly 6 inch and ridgid planer to buy it. Compared to them it is a joy to use. The table flips up as one piece. It has 56 carbide inserts, so it makes nice smooth quiet cuts. I was going to get the 12 inch grizzly, but it had 32 inserts and that seemed like too few. Switching over takes about a minute. Dust collection is excellent. I thought the planer would be difficult because it seemed lower than I was used too, but no problems at all. The metal rollers and kickback pawls took a little getting used to. Most bench tops have rubber rollers and pull the board anyway you put it in, but the jet will grab and straighten the board and you hear the pawls clunking as some drop. Not hard to use, just different. I struggled with the euro guard for a couple days, but now I love it.

The quality of the cutter head is amazing? I had a stack of about 10 white oak boards that the ridgid had chewed up, so of course I planed them and they came out perfect.

To me it makes great cuts, is quiet and easy to use.

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Catamount

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 12:35 PM

Like Rob, I bought the Jet JJ-12 HH and it has become one of the two best machines in the shop. I am now building a new workbench with it and it is a joy to use. It switches from planer to jointer or back in under 30 seconds mostly due to the fact that the most difficult part of the operation is changing the dust collection hose. Unlike most combo J/P both tables lift as a single unit. It has handled Maple bench pieces 3X4X110 with ease. Not sure if I would even have attempted this build with my old Dewalt DW735 and 6” Grizzly planer. I found if you start or end the planing by lifting up just a little on the board you get no snip with this planer.

This and my Grizzly sliding table saw are the heart of my shop. Since I retired this is my go to place and these are my toys.
All boys need toys.

Al

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#3 posted 08-22-2015 01:03 PM

If you have the $$$ I don’t think you can go wrong with the A-31. That’s the machine I really wanted when I got my Baileigh but I just couldn’t justify the additional cost, for my needs. Everything I have heard about them is good.

-- Earl

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#4 posted 08-22-2015 03:05 PM

I’ve had mine for a few years and it has been awesome. The tables were pretty much perfect right out of the box. I got the spiral cutter head which is a huge improvement over the regular cutter heads I had on my previous jointer and planer.

The only problem I had is that after having it for a few years I wanted to adjust the out feed table and it was stuck. I had to take it off and clean and lube everything before I could get it to move.

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#5 posted 08-22-2015 05:13 PM

The Hammer will be head and shoulders above the Asian imports.

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 08:00 PM

A buddy of mine has one, I am envious. Great space saving shop Bull, but really for a one man shop.

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 10:07 PM

The other model I am considering is the Minimax. So far, I’m leaning toward the Hammer. I haven’t looked at the Jet but sounds like I should. How do you like the Baleigh Earl?

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#8 posted 08-22-2015 11:57 PM

I really like my Baileigh and I got it at an incredible price, so I couldn’t pass it up. I did a review on it here. http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3929 At the current price it’s still a good machine but not the great value I got. Unless you are running a shop and can justify the cost, there are definitely other options over the Hammer but if the cost is not a problem, I think the A-31 is a fantastic machine, especially with the quiet cutting head.

-- Earl

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