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Forum topic by mhellewell posted 04-27-2011 06:17 AM 2806 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-27-2011 06:17 AM

I have read a decent amount of reviews of the Ridgid JP0610, but I only hear comments on its ability as a jointer. Does anyone one out there use this as a planer, and how does it perform?

I am debating between this and a Dewalt DW734 for a largely electron free shop. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 04-27-2011 06:40 AM

A jointer and planer are two different tools with different functions…the term “jointer/planer” is a marketing ploy and is misleading. A jointer can flatten one face and squares a 90° adjacent edge. A planer makes the two faces parallel, but not necessarily flat, which means if a board is twisted going in, it’s also twisted coming out, but is thinner and smoother.

A jointer won’t perform the primary functions of a planer very well…’ll flatten two individual faces of a board if you wanted it to, but they won’t be parallel to each other, so you’d usually end up with a wedge shape board, or some other undesirable shape. The planer won’t flatten well without the help of a planer sled that’s used as a flat reference face, and won’t edge joint at 90° well either. The two tools are really meant to work in tandem…flatten one face and square an edge on the jointer as a reference point, then plane to desired thickness using the flat face as a reference, which then makes both faces parallel. Then rip to width using the reference edge, and crosscut to length.

I love having both tools, but if I could only choose one, I’d lean toward starting with a planer, because with the aid of a planer sled you can coax a planer into flattening a face by using the sled’s face as a reference. Then you can edge joint using a table saw jig or a router jig. Hand planes can help with some of these tasks too, but there’s a learning curve and they’re more work.

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#2 posted 04-27-2011 06:41 AM

The Ridgid JP0610 is a jointer, not a planer. A planer makes opposite sides parallel and jointer makes one side flat and square. You really need both a planer and a jointer to address rough lumber.

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#3 posted 04-27-2011 06:40 PM

The Ridgid 0610 (I own one, too, and have a review of it somewhere on this site) does fine as a single-surface planer with stock no more than six inches wide, but it will not parallel opposing sides. To do that you need a thickness planer, such as the Ryobi 1300 that I use (I have reviewed this tool on this site, somewhere, too).

Both tools complement each other, although as Scott says, with a bit of inginuity one can use a thickness planer as a flattener.

Howard Ferstler

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 09:25 PM

I Have Nice Jointer!! I think your refuging to cleaning on face befor you run it through the planer? If yes it works well!!!

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#5 posted 05-01-2011 05:24 AM

My understanding is that what we call a jointer here in the US is called a planer in Europe. What we call a planer here is called a thicknesser overseas. I think that’s why items are labelled “jointer/planer.” Could be wrong, just what I’ve been told.

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