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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 08-15-2010 06:36 PM 3123 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2010 06:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: combo jointer planer consensus jet 8 10 inch combination

I have been reading reviews of specifically Jet 8 and 10 inch jointer / planers. What is the consensus guys & gals? Is it better to have 2 dedicated machines or do the combos do a good job for a small operator with minimum space?

-- 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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#1 posted 08-15-2010 07:25 PM

I have always had the opinion that multiple function devices, although less expensive that dedicated devices, are less attractive because usually if something breaks then both things are unusable. I have based that on my experiences with electronic/computer equipment so it may not be valid when it comes to woodworking machines.

Just my $.02.


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#2 posted 08-15-2010 07:46 PM

I have the Jet 10” combo. Got it from Woodcraft when they had a 10 or 15% off sale.
I’m certainly no expert, so I can’t give a thorough review.
Here are my thoughts though:
It cost about as much as a 12” portable planer. I didn’t see myself planing much more than 10”, so this seemed like a good fit for me.
My ‘shop’ is the 3rd of our garage, so space is at a premium.
I think the jointer tables are a bit short.
It sounds like it might be a bit underpowered, so take very light cuts.
It was a pain to get the jointer tables properly aligned. I think I have them close enough now.
Basically, for me, it works ok. I don’t use it very often. If I needed to use something more often, I’d want a longer, dedicated jointer.

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 07:53 PM

here in europe there is a lot of small carpenters/woodworkers that have combination maschines
with up to 4-5-7 operations in them like Felder maschines
Metabo and other manufacteres make joiner/planer combimashines and they are qeyt comon


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#4 posted 08-15-2010 11:03 PM

Personally, when I visit a tool shop and see the 12” Jet Planner/Jointer Combo, I start to drool. It looks like a really solid piece of machinery and someday I might buy one.

However, I do not feel the same way about either the 8” or the 10”. I would only buy one if was really tight on space and I couldn’t afford the 12”.

I wish Jet made a 10” with the same quality engineering they put into the 12”.

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

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 11:31 PM

True, the 12” is a completely different machine than their 8” and 10”

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#6 posted 08-16-2010 02:04 AM

I have the Jet 12 inch and it is a different league than the 10 inch benchtop. Grizzly, and laguna tools each offer a 10 inch floor model – but I don’t know much about them, other than that the Laguna Platinum one is Chinese made and the Grizzly use 2 knives not three. I think that issue of the length of the bed is a mostly a non issue for me. I usually cut to length before I edge joint, and it is rare I am doing a project with pieces that are over 6 feet long – which is pretty easy to joint with table that total 3 to 4 feet long. If on a rare occasion I needed to joint something longer, I can always use roller stands and line them up with the infeed and outfeed. So I wouldn’t shy away from a combo that offers shorter jointer tables than a stand alone.

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#7 posted 08-16-2010 02:28 AM

when I first started out I had an inca planer/jointer combo machine. Loved the tersa cutterhead, hated having to change configurations between operations. Jointer bed was too short for a 10” jointer.

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 03:22 AM

I recently got the Jet 10”. I was pretty frustrated at first because I had the knives set lower than the outfeed table. I got it working pretty good and am in the process of building a workbench. I wish you could get the tables to be coplaner easier but it is pretty difficult. There is one axis to lift or lower the out feed table and it doesn’t work real good. The spring on the gaurd is a little iffy also. Overall It suits my needs for now.

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#9 posted 08-16-2010 05:29 AM

I have a Mini-Max Jointer/Planer combo and it works great. I don’t see any reason not to have them both in one machine. Its extremely easy to change from jointer to planer with mine, I assume it would be with Jet as well. Works out great for me in my smaller shop. Even with a larger shop I would keep them as a combo. I could see having two separate units if it was a pain to change from one to the other but otherwise I highly highly recommend a planer/jointer combo.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#10 posted 08-16-2010 05:40 AM

Thanks for the comments. Maybe others will keep the cards and letters coming in :-))

-- 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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#11 posted 08-17-2010 04:11 PM

I have a combi machine which includes a jointer/planer combo. I have surfaced white oak, mahogany, elm, birch, pine, fir, etc. on it, and I couldn’t be happier. It saves me a lot of space which is really at a premium in my shop. Also i would mention that while my machine is relatively inexpensive I have been using it for about 15 years now and only had to replace one electrical part in all that time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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