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Forum topic by Slider20 posted 12-25-2016 04:37 AM 3160 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2016 04:37 AM

I have a small shop set up in my shed, because of space constraints I try and have all my tools be as small as possible and all be mobile.

I’m looking for a good quality jointer, something not too large with a mobile base that is easy to move.

For my specific shop a narrow model would fit best.

Also, I’m not very price sensitive, I would spend more to get a better Jointer to suit my needs.

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 04:48 AM

Most jointers in the 6” or 8” sizes are gonna be about the same dimensions. Not counting jointer/planer combos.

I pay more for a helical head as well. Parallelogram beds are easy to adjust but add a significant cost as well.

You. An buy a mobile base individually so that shouldn’t be a concern.

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 03:31 PM


Checked out a few, most do seem about the same size.

The Grizzly G0452Z has a shorter bed length, so it would fit better in my shop, plus it has a helical cutter head.

Have heard some negative things ha about Grizzly, wish Jet or Laguna made a slightly smaller Jointer.

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#3 posted 12-25-2016 03:48 PM

I have a small shop and found I can live quite well without a jointer. Now I do have one of those small Delta benchtop jointers that I use maybe once a year. But I have found that with a good planer and good table saw with a woodworker II blade and a sled, I can get the same results without a jointer at all. I nibble away at the faces with the planer. Once I have one flat face I can go to the table saw and either nibble at the sides with the blade until I have two parallel sides or use the sled to cut one side then run the other through using the fence.

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#4 posted 12-25-2016 04:45 PM

I have a small shop, no powered jointer and no regrets. All jointing and flattening is done with hand planes. A good #6 doesn’t take up much space, is much more versatile than a machine and with a little practice, will give excellent results.

Might not be for everyone, but is a viable option, especially for someone with limited space.

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#5 posted 12-25-2016 05:21 PM

I don’t have the patience for hand tools, I understand that there are different approaches to woodworking, but I’m a power tool guy.

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#6 posted 12-25-2016 06:06 PM

I too don’t have a jointer and use JimRochester method to excellent result for all but the most twisted stock. Get a better saw instead.


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#7 posted 12-25-2016 06:36 PM

Welcome to Lj Slider
I understand room restaurants but what makes a jointer easier to use is the length of its bed, many times people buy bench top jointers and find their imposable to use for any work over 36” long.Unless your only going to do shorter projects consider a jointer with as long a bed possible given you space requirements. I also agree with buying spiral heads they cut figured wood better and their blades last longer and are easier to turn one small blade at a time.
I would also recommend getting as wide of bed as you can afford so you don’t have to keep upgrading to a wider jointer. Many of my students have kept upgrading in a short amount of time starting with a bench models to a 4” floor
model then to 6” and then 8” within a couple years.

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#8 posted 01-27-2017 07:49 PM

Thanks for everyone’s help, I went with the Jet 6 inch with helical head, I found space for it, and the longer bed will make jointing easier. Just took Delivery and in the process of setting it up.

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#9 posted 01-27-2017 07:57 PM

Good choice, congrats on your new toy.

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#10 posted 01-27-2017 09:34 PM

good choice on the 6” Jet. I think you will find that you can do quite a bit with a 6” jointer. I just finished up making six 7’ tall by 30” wide pantry cabinets. my 6” jointer worked fine to true up the 7’ tall face frame stiles, the 38” tall stiles on the doors (straight is a must!) and was plenty wide enough to true up the faces of the bookmatched raised panels for the doors before I planed and glued them.

I’ll eventually upgrade to an 8”, but honestly my 6” jointer has served me fine for nearly 40 years.


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#11 posted 01-27-2017 10:25 PM

You made a great choice, going with the JET!

I have the Grizzly 6 inch jointer with the spiral cutter head. I got the spiral cutter head for 2 reasons. No jointer knives to set and the 4 sided square cutters just need to be turned 90 degrees to have a new edge ready to go. This jointer is small but very powerful and very quiet when it runs and cuts. I saw one review where a guy was on his original cutter heads after 10 years of use. The spiral cutter head offers less resistance as you push wood through. I have a very small shop and this jointer fits in very nicely.

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