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Forum topic by Zac80 posted 05-22-2016 11:44 PM 282 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2016 11:44 PM

I have found a porter cable 6” bench top jointer, i can get it for $100, looks to be in good enough shape. However i have seen alot of mixed reviews about this product and was wondering if anyone had some experience with this model. Is it a good grab for the price or would be smarter to hold out for a better product and paying a little more. Also a recommendation would be great. Thanks

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#1 posted 05-22-2016 11:50 PM

If it’s the little plastic one, I’d pass…

it has way short tables, not a lot of mass, and really only good for small stuff. For $100 or a bit more, you could find a nice cast iron floor standing model with a real induction motor and much longer tables.


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#2 posted 05-22-2016 11:51 PM


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#3 posted 05-23-2016 01:28 AM

I had a little one like that, back when my garage was my workshop. I upgraded as soon as I could. If you have the room for it, just go ahead and get a full sized 6” jointer. You won’t be sorry. Heck, go for an 8” if you have the room and the money.

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#4 posted 05-23-2016 01:31 AM

no no no no…...did i say no.

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#5 posted 05-23-2016 01:33 AM

Hi Zac. I have had this jointer for over three years now. It is no peach, but if you learn its limitations it does ok for shorter boards. I have put it through it’s capacity and it does the job. Just don’t expect to joint something any longer than three feet max.

I am planning on upgrading very shortly. Something bigger and better would be preferable

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