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jdyke

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1237 days ago

Im in need of a Jointer for my shop im just starting out and dont have very many tools Currently i have a Craftsman Table saw (contractor saw) and a 12” csm craftsman also. I have some routers and sanders and several C3 19.2 cordless tools. not sure how i ended up with so much craftsman stuff but i did. I would consider buying any brand joitner not partial to craftsman. I do woodworking as a hobby and cant afford an extremely high dollar machine.

So my question is what brand is affordable for me and works well? I tend to like cabinetry so i need one sooner than later probably. Is a 4” worth buying is a 6” too much for me? please help! what are the pro’s and con’s of a benchtop?


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TheDane

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#1 posted 1237 days ago

After quite a bit of research, I ordered a Grizzly G0452 ( http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-Jointer/G0452 ) ... almost two years later, I have no regrets or after thoughts.

I had a 6” benchtop that I was lucky enough to unload for about a third of what I paid for it. For my money, a 4” is just too limiting … 6” is good, 8” would be better.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Loren

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#2 posted 1237 days ago

I wouldn’t recommend a benchtop model unless it’s the old style
with a separate motor outside the unit mounted behind. Such
units can also be mounted on a stand with the motor beneath.

For smaller work a 4” jointer is surprisingly useful and compact
spacewise.

My current jointer is vintage and only 36” long, but I didn’t
want a longer one really, because the tables do get in my way
and the present work that I’m doing doesn’t run to needing
to straighten a lot of long boards.

If you are going to do real millwork and make doors and windows
for a house, get a long-bed jointer.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Bertha

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#3 posted 1237 days ago

The Rigid 6” at Home Depot seems pretty popular. If you’re handy with machines, the vintage jointers are hard to beat for sheer mass and stability. I’m one of those guys who bought a 6” & has never needed anything bigger.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Ocelot

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#4 posted 1237 days ago

I picked up a 6” joiner from Harbor Freight new for $216+tax. If it’s good for anything at all, it’s a good deal. If it’s not good for anything, it’s always a bad deal. I can’t comment on performance, since it’s still in the box.

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mainwoodworks

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#5 posted 1237 days ago

My opinion for what it is worth—I have a 6” Harbor Fraight and a 12” Grizzly, The 6” I bought in the late ‘70. I now only use it to true up an edge. The blades are not thick enough and I can see chatter marks. The 12” I have had about 4 yrs now. It is the goto for any thing I need to be sure is flat and plumb. I use a lot of lumber from the saw mill and out of the kile. So the 12” is a really nice tool to have. I have several pieces of Grizzly tools and am satisfied with all of them.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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AZMac

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#6 posted 1237 days ago

I have the 6” Jointer Grizzly. it work good for the money.
AZMac

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 1237 days ago

Mercy….. if you lived closer to me, would I have a deal for you…..lol. I’ve got a Delta Deluxe 6” jointer I’d like to sell. I bought it in 1990, and not one minutes trouble with it…everything’s still original on it, except changing the knives a couple of times. I’ve got 2 extra sets of knives and the the original owners manual.
I’m selling it to get a new 8-10” jointer. I need the extra width and long bed, cause I build furniture, and it would help my cause…..lol. This one is and has been a good jointer. I just want to upgrade, that’s all. EDIT: I also have the Delta moblie base that I bought with it at the same time…..

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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jdyke

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#8 posted 1237 days ago

ok thanks guys so i wont be going with a bench top and i will be getting a 6” ive been trying to find something used but i havent seen alot up in my neck of the woods yet ;( yeah Rick your just out of reach for me on that deal too bad!!! i’ve always wanted to have an orange tool in my shop so maybe ill look into gettin a ridgid unless someone doesnt think thats a good idea!

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