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Forum topic by TheWoodsmith posted 05-31-2010 04:35 PM 939 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheWoodsmith

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05-31-2010 04:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer

I’m eyeballin’ one of the new Jet 10” jointer/planer combo’s does anybody have one of these babies? I typically like jet equipment but coming in at 400 bucks it seems too good to be true, i am curious about how bad/correctable the snipe would be from the planer and so on. If anybody has one of these puppies and can share info that’d be great or if you can suggest another route to travel that’d be cool too! Thanks Fella’s

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 06:19 PM

I’ve seen some reviews about combination jointer planners but don’t recall the brand. It seems to me to be a space saver for small shops but I don’t think I would like having to lift the jointer every time I want to plan something.

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 09:19 PM

This one’s a bit of a crap shoot from what I’ve seen online. Make sure you have a return policy available, and be aware you’re probably going to have to put some sweat into making it usable.

My jointer is the bedrock of my shop, because without dead flat, square surfaces, accuracy in construction is very difficult. I recall having noticed this on amazon and like many people I have serious concerns about the bed length. If you need to joint anything over a couple feet, you may have issues. I have a six inch jointer and a 13” thickness planer. When I need to face a piece wider than my jointer can handle, I throw it on a “jointing sled” and run it through the planer.

For what it’s worth, one other lumberjock has reviewed it and given it one star.

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#3 posted 06-01-2010 12:40 AM

thanks fella’s, I might have to pass on that particular item. i was sketchy on it before, but now i really dont know. Oh well guess i get to waste another couple hours Oogling over equipment online!

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#4 posted 06-01-2010 05:07 AM

Woodsmith, I looked into it when I was shopping for dimensioning tools but the reviews seemed pretty shaky. I thought the width of the jointer was awesome, but the uber-short bed length kind of turned me off, and a lot of people turned me off on the aluminum beds. I ended up getting a dedicated jointer and dedicated planer and I’ve been happy with them.

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#5 posted 06-01-2010 05:21 AM

I have one, but have only used it for jointing. I do my planing with a Grizzly 12-1/2”. I have no complaints about the jointing capabilities of the Jet combo. It has worked surprisingly well with no need for readjustments since I set it up about a year ago.

Even so, I would not purchase it again or recommend it. It feels insubstantial compared to my other Jet tools—2 lathes, dust collector, a floor model disc/belt sander, and a drum sander which are all hefty and solidly built. There is just too much aluminum in the combo machine, and it is light enough that I can pretty easily pick it up and move it around. The wide surface is great, but not so great when you put a heavy piece of lumber on it. I purchased a separate planer because it seemed too much hassle to have to take the dust collector/safety shield off and on when switching between planing and jointing.

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#6 posted 06-02-2010 07:26 AM

aluminum tool beds do pretty much bite, my stuff is all pretty much consumer grade, and i’m selling my work so its kind of a pain trying to re-invest for better tooling, and so on and so on but its coming along. My biggest gripe is the darn scuffing you get on light color materials. I did find that pastewax does a good job of aleviating that issue though :o)

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#7 posted 06-02-2010 11:11 AM

Looked into it before deciding to go with separate jointer and planer (HD clearances helped!). Reviews seemed pretty shaky, though some people get it to work OK with a little fiddling. Short beds on the jointer can be a pain. I’m glad I have the longer bed on my 6” jointer.

If you’re looking to get a jointer and planer in the same price range, look used. I think you could pick up a used good 6” jointer for $200 and a used or new lunchbox planer for $300 or less. Maybe not as space-saving as the Jet combo but if you do your homework you’ll end up with two higher quality tools.

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 08:09 AM

I went with the 8 inch combo machine as adverse to the 10 inch. Part of the reason is that both had the same sized motor and I the review for the 8 seemed better than the 10. I have used it for both planing and jointing. It can get the job done but I am in agreement with Mary Anne that I would not openly recommend the tool to another. The table is aluminum and the knives are proprietary and about 1/16th an inch thick. Not much metal on them for resharpening and you will be using them for both planing and jointing which takes its toll. Jet is the only manufacturer of the knives and they are 30 a set.

It works decently as a jointer and a planer. I put some rough stuff through there and had satisfactory results. There are size limitations but I do not usually work with very long boards. I have to take very shallow cuts though and that can be very time consuming with rough lumber. If I had it to do over again and stuck with benchtop models, I would have purchased the Grizzly 6 inch benchtop jointer with the cast iron table and the Ridgid 13 inch planer. Which still might be in the works in the future.

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