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Forum topic by Jeff82780 posted 01-26-2011 08:52 PM 1194 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-26-2011 08:52 PM

my tax return just was deposited into my bank account, so now I have some extra cash. I prolly should save it, but i need some more tools. My question is what tool should I buy btween a floor drill press( I have an 8” now, but is garbage), Jointer or a planer.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:01 PM


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#2 posted 01-26-2011 09:55 PM

My planer has been the single most appreciated tool purchase i’ve made. The ability to reliably thickness a piece of wood in no time is such a blessing. And I tend to like sizing things for odd tasks…like a custom router plate for a router sled i just built. I use it more than my jointer, and maybe as much as or more than the drill press.

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 10:27 PM

Of those three, I think the planer would be best too. It opens the door to making just about any dimension of lumber you need.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 10:27 PM

A planer has more abilities than the other three tools you list. It can thickness and face joint (with a sled).

A jointer can only face and edge joint. Edge jointing you can do with a tablesaw or a router table, tools you may already have.

A drill press is handy, but you probably already have a handheld drill and also have that 8-incher.

I doubt you already have anything that can thickness.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 10:30 PM


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

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 10:42 PM

Yep a good planer thats wide enough that you won’t have to upgrade it soon and a decent quality benchtop joiner that can be tucked under the bench most of the time when your not useing it.

Now if only my Tax Return was big enough to buy me some shop space, I would get all three of them.

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#7 posted 01-26-2011 10:47 PM

De Plane Boss! De Plane! It was the addition that gave me the ability to have any wood I wanted. My 1st. was a Delta portable. My second a Powermatic 15 in. stright blade, the one I have now is the Powermatic 15 in. with the spiral cutter head. The DeWalt 13 in. portable is a very good machine. If you’ve got lots of money go for the Powermatic 15 in. spiral head. It’s a thing of beauty.


-- One who works with his hands is a laborer, his hands & head A craftsman, his hands, head & heart a artist

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#8 posted 01-26-2011 11:04 PM


But you eventually will need the jointer.

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#9 posted 01-26-2011 11:25 PM

I will say Jointer. I didn’t need a planer for a long time and got pretty good at doing everything I needed a planer for on my jointer but I always had a hard time getting perfectly square edges with my hand plane.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 12:14 AM

Personalty I believe that one need a joiner before he needs a planer.
O hell get both!

-- Bert

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 12:17 AM

Hit CL. Get both a planer and a jointer. I got a Rigid planer and a Jet jointer for less $425 total. Both in very good condition, with bases (one has a mobile base to boot).

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 12:45 AM

I started with the jointer. I should have got the planer first.

-- jay,

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 01:00 AM

Well you can’t live without a drill press….....but since you have one, although not very good, I vote with the group. A Planer.

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 04:48 AM

Yep, planner. If you can find an OLD Walker Turner drill press, grab it. They are great tools, easy to repair and get parts for and you can get one for a clam.

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#15 posted 01-27-2011 05:12 AM

well, i took the advice of you guys and biught a planer on CL for $120. It is a 12” Jet model JWP12.

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