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Dullchisel

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09-12-2015 02:51 AM

I am new to this website and am reaching out to anyone that can give me some advice on combination jointer planer machines. I have been looking around for awhile and am interested in a twelve in combo machine as I will be in need of a new planer soon. I currently have a dewalt benchtop planer that has two knives in it but want to upgrade since I have had this since 2001. I thought it would be nice to get a comb machine so I would have a new jointer as well.. It just seem there isn’t much reviews or articles on combo machines. Thanks for any help


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#1 posted 09-12-2015 03:48 AM

Whats your price range? A Hammer machine is expensive but great quality and gets good reviews online.

For less cash, look at the JET 708476 Model JJP-12HH 12-Inch Planer/Jointer with Helical Cutterhead (Or the same machine is available with straight knives) (And Jet machines are on sale through Monday!) The Jet has pretty good reviews on Amazon and other sites too.

Grizzly also has a combo machine, as does Baleigh. Whatever you choose, let us know how it goes!

Jet standard kinves http://www.amazon.com/JET-JJP-12-12-Inch-Jointer-Planer/dp/B0011TKF8G/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8

Jet Helical head http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0035JK65C?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_sfl_title_2&smid=AUEUXQQV6YS3R

Here is a video review, he is based in the UK so the specs may be a bit different, but overall a good look at a Jet machine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuTkYUCX3ao

One more Youtube review, a little older but still of use https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5qMVSW9ZbQ

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#2 posted 09-12-2015 12:27 PM

I have been looking at all of them from the grizzly to the mini max.. I really like the features of the hammer. I also like the fact that you can get extensions for the machine as well. I have been browsing through all of the reviews as well as videos. As far as switching the machines over they all seem pretty fast. As far as money goes its something I’m saving up for but doing all my homework so when its time to buy I know what I want.. I just worry about spending the money and not enjoying the machine whether it be a grizzly or something else.

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#3 posted 09-12-2015 01:22 PM

I have the Hammer 331. Its awesome for a small shop with limited floor space. It can be a bit of a pain switching back and forth and I would say if you have the room buy separate machines. I have owned both separate and combo machines and the results are the same.

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Dullchisel

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#4 posted 09-12-2015 01:34 PM

Thanks for your response. I have a 16 by 24 shop. I currently have a 6 inch jointer and benchtop planer. I just like the idea of having a bigger jointer… I do worry about getting frustrated switching them back and forth but I like the idea of saving floor space

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#5 posted 09-12-2015 03:46 PM

I have a robland xsd 310. I love it, I think the combo machines are left out of the conversation in the U.S., and they are very competent machines for those of us with space restrictions. These machines can be had used for a fraction of the cost new. I don’t know enough about all the brands to comment on them. Good luck and happy hunting.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#6 posted 09-12-2015 04:31 PM



Thanks for your response. I have a 16 by 24 shop. I currently have a 6 inch jointer and benchtop planer. I just like the idea of having a bigger jointer… I do worry about getting frustrated switching them back and forth but I like the idea of saving floor space

- Dullchisel


Build a shelf above your jointer, and put the planer on it. Now you have 2 machines in 1 footprint. Of course, there’s the challenge of figuring out how to configure the shelf so it would not impede your jointer usage while also not be awkward to use the planer.
As for a bigger jointer, there’s plans available to build your own 12” jointer out of wood and planer parts. Maybe you could make it a homemade 12” planer/jointer combo.

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#7 posted 09-12-2015 04:45 PM

Thanks for your response. I have a 16 by 24 shop. I currently have a 6 inch jointer and benchtop planer. I just like the idea of having a bigger jointer… I do worry about getting frustrated switching them back and forth but I like the idea of saving floor space.

Where are you located? This is getting ready to be listed on CL soon:


(Makita 2030)

Probably the best combo planer/jointer ever made :)

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#8 posted 09-12-2015 05:09 PM



Thanks for your response. I have a 16 by 24 shop. I currently have a 6 inch jointer and benchtop planer. I just like the idea of having a bigger jointer… I do worry about getting frustrated switching them back and forth but I like the idea of saving floor space

- Dullchisel


I got the Jet JJP 12HH during the 15% off sale this year and it takes less than a minute to changeover due to the entire table flipping up as one piece. I can’t overstate how quiet this machine is compared to a regular planer! The finish is amazing on any wood I have used in any direction. The euro guard was a little confusing at first, but once I got used to it, I would never go back to a porkchop type guard.

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Dullchisel

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#9 posted 09-12-2015 06:42 PM

How is the fence on the jet combo machine? That’s the only complaint I’ve seen online about that machine.. As far as the European gaurd goes I don’t know that I’m to find of it but then again I haven’t used it. Every jointer I have used has the pork chop style.

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#10 posted 09-13-2015 03:18 AM

I have a Rikon 25-210h, it’s a 12 inch planer/jointer, takes 30 seconds to switch modes back and forth, and works wonderfully. I’ve been very happy with it so far. I’ve done probably 200 board foot of ash on it in my basement workshop and my wife can’t even hear it running upstairs. The helical head is a dream and super quiet.

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#11 posted 09-13-2015 11:12 PM

I’ve seen combo machines listed on woodweb. Also on the sawmill creek classifieds. These machines are worth half of new price as soon as they are delivered. Just going rate, nothing against the machines.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#12 posted 09-14-2015 02:05 AM

I’ve got a Hammer C3-31, which is a combination machine with (3) 3hp motors driving a 12” slider tablesaw, a router spindle, and the 12” blades of the joiner/planer. I got it off Craigs List for $5,000.00. (Kansas Jim is right on, it’s about $10K new, but I’ve seen them on CL down to the high $3K’s
It completely changed how I work and how much I enjoy the work, mostly because of the slider.
Swapping functions- the joiner, tablesaw, and router are always ready to go. The planer takes about 3 minutes to set up. All the handcranks have dial indicators on them calibrated to .001 which means if you are thickness planing and want to swap back to the joiner or table saw a wide board you write down the blade position so you can get back to it quickly.
No Asian components, it’s Austrian iron with Danish motors. Unbelievable quality except for the rip fence and crosscut guide (garbage) which I swapped out. I’ve never had the thickness planer snipe at all, everything is dead parallel with everything else, just a joy to use plus there is no other way I could have a big planer, and big joiner, and a big table saw in my 12’ x 20’ shop.
I guess my point is that there are reasons to get a europeon machine beyond just the combo deal.

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#13 posted 09-14-2015 07:35 AM

I have the Jet combo machine with helical head. I like it a lot. Switching between functions is quite quick and not much of a hassle. It helps that I rigged my DC hose so that I don’t have to reposition it as part of the changeover.

The Taunton Press tool guide of about 3 or 4 years ago had a comparison of the different brands. Jet and Grizzly came out on top, though for slightly different reasons.

If you happen to be anywhere near the PNW, check out the Seattle CL. There is an outfit south of Seattle that is an outlet for Jet and Powermatic. They have the JJP 12 HH right now at a very good price (that’s where I got mine). But they don’t ship. Not too bad for me since I’m up in Bellingham (2 hrs or so driving). Sorry, I can’t tell you their name. They run ads frequently, but never give the name of their operation. But they are legitimate.

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