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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 05-26-2016 05:50 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2016 05:50 PM

Looking at a jointer/planer combo machine to save some of my floor space in what gets to be a cramped area already. I am trying to decide between the Minimax FS30, Hammer A3 31 or going wtih the Baileigh version.

If it doesn’t already come with a spiral head or mobility kit and digital read out I’ll be adding them as all of those are invaluable to me.

Looking for comments on any of the machines, how quick they are to changeover, build quality particularly the fence, ease of cut adjustment depth, dust collection, and the pricing if possible.

Thank you!

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 06:03 PM

I doubt you’ll be disappointed in any way with any of
them. They seem to be much more nicely finished
than the Robland 310 I had a for years. The Robland
had dished tables but I learned how to get them
lined up well enough to make joints well enough
with it.

There is some awkwardness with the small planer table
which may not lend to outfeed extensions. I prefer
to have a planer with a fixed bed so I can leave an
oufeed roller set up without adjusting it for ever
new depth pass. That said, I’ve never had a really
big planer like a 24” Buss or something in that class.

You’ll enjoy the mortiser and the big jointer tables,
but as a planer you’ll find it’s a compromise sometimes.
I used a Dewalt for finish planing and sometimes to
avoid changeover on the Robland.

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#2 posted 05-26-2016 08:07 PM

From what I’ve seen of the Hammer the changeover is quite seamless and I don’t really do any work with lumber larger then 10” so other than a few odd pieces which I have hand plans or a router sled setup for I believe this to be an easier setup and space savings.

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 05:25 AM

I have the Jet JJP 12 HH (helical head) which I am very fond of. Changeover is about as quick and easy as you could ask for with this type of machine, in that the jointer table is one unit and lifts out of the way easily. The only thing that slows you down is having to lower the table when going from planing to jointing. That’s so the dust chute can flip from top to bottom. But it does really move quickly, so not so frustrating as it could be. I really love the helical head. And I really love having the 12” jointer (though a 12” planer is on the small side—doesn’t that seem sort of ironic?)

I fabricated my own mobility set up using casters, but without a frame (I’d have to go look to remember for sure how I did that—but too lazy right now).

I got this brand new “scratch & dent” machine for about $1800, compared to MSRP of something like $3400 at the time. If you are in the PNW, check out the Seattle CL under “planer.” The seller is an outlet for Jet and Powermatic located in Auburn, a few miles south of Seattle. Can’t tell you their name, as they never mention it in their ads. They always have one or more stationary tools on CL. They don’t ship, unfortunately, but no doubt you could arrange your own shipping.

Well, I just looked a minute ago, and they have one in Auburn right now, priced at 2295, but it includes the mobility base. They say the MSRP is over $4000 now.

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