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07-28-2010 02:47 PM

One of the tools that intrigues me is the jointmaker that is marketed by Bridge City Tools. I am certain that I will never buy one because they are so expensive. Still, I wonder if there are any LJs that have one and if they could comment on how they like.

FYI – they show a nice video at the website.

http://www.bridgecitytools.com/Products/What's+New/Jointmaker+Pro+v2

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.


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#1 posted 07-28-2010 03:07 PM

At one time, I think LJ Betsy was looking at one of these. Don’t remember if she bought it, however.

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#2 posted 07-28-2010 04:08 PM

Hey Rich,

I think I had a fly go in my mouth while I watched that video. That is one awesome saw. Some of those cut combinations are incredible… couldn’t cut them straight enough by hand and would lose a finger doing it with a power saw. Thanks for showing this.

Paul

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#3 posted 07-28-2010 08:18 PM

I was looking at the jointmaker at Bridge City Tools also I also thought it was too expensive. I think someone on LJ,s made one

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#4 posted 07-29-2010 09:12 AM

Looks pretty cool to me too:-)) Doubt if I ever get one either.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 07-29-2010 09:43 AM

Hey Rich I saw (pardon the pun) that video on you tube it is impressive but A) I can’t afford one & B) you would be too dependant on having to buy their replacement blades they are definitely not standard japanese saw blades. At those prices I can’t see them selling too many so I think the product will die a natural death then you would be stuck with an expensive piece of kit you can’t get blades for.
God Bless
Trevor

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#6 posted 07-29-2010 02:14 PM

I’d like to think there will be copy cat competitors that will make and sell this product at a more reasonable price. There may be a few patent issues to work around (not sure). When/if this happens I suspect the price on these units will come down also.

I don’t think I would be a buyer until the price got down to less than half of what it currently is.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 07-30-2010 02:42 PM

Years ago I bought several items from the company. The replacement wheels for the marking gauge I have seems to no longer be available so it is useless. I’ve tried other replacements without success. The brass on many of their older tools seems to oxidize adjacent to the Juara wood they so heavily promoted. While their tools are very pretty and many work well, this company has been up and down for many years and you better hope they have replacement parts 5 or 10 years from now.

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 03:05 AM

I recall seeing a semilar saw somewher. You are going to be limited to awfully thing stock?

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 03:07 AM

I recall seeing a semilar saw somewher. You are going to be limited to awfully thing stock?

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 03:28 AM

12 pages , 101 items of theirs that have been discontinued….doesn’t make me want to invest in their company or tools.
The Jointmaker and JM Pro are also listed as non-stock items. Got to love it !!

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 04:19 AM

Saw one discussion where the component cost was broken down—- interesting stuff. Review w/ parts breakdown (~$178, plus $100 to anodize, not incl. saw blade) here:

http://festoolownersgroup.com/other-tool-reviews/the-complete-%27jointmaker-pro%27-review-a-paradigm-shift-in-woodworking/

If it were possible to get a longer cut on it (I need almost 36 inches), I’d be very interested and would probably get it instead of the CNC machine I’m planning on ordering at the end of the month.

Ironic that it seems to share some parts w/ a CNC.

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 04:27 AM

Betsy did in fact buy one and used it very seldom per a conversation I had with her sometime back. I almost bought it from her but just couldn’t justify the cost for the little time I would use it. It is a beautiful piece of equipment and very intriguing. To me if I was just starting and planned on only building small boxes this would be the saw for me. I think she has hand problems and is no longer building. If anyone is interested she may still have the saw and might want to talk turkey about selling.

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#13 posted 01-06-2013 04:29 AM

Wchips, it would be nice if you could remember who may have made one. The precision must have been daunting for him/her.

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