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WoodSailor

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07-18-2018 11:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools jointer planer combo question

Hey,

I have been looking at getting a jointer and planer separately but the cost of buying to good tools seperatly was a little too high.

So I have been looking at getting a JET JJP-10BTOS as a single tool that can do both for $600. Does anyone have experience with combo tools? Is this a good idea? I have seen some reviews that say its great for the home woodworker and other that say its terrible.

Any advice would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 07-22-2018 05:33 AM

I own, and like very much, the Jet 12” combo machine with helical head. But the reviews I have read of their smaller machines—8” and 10”—are not very favorable. Amazon sells them, but no reviews so far on the Amazon site.

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#2 posted 08-03-2018 06:31 PM

I’d be curious about info on that machine as well. I’m in the same predicament.

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#3 posted 08-03-2018 08:34 PM

I bought a Jet JJP-8BT about 4 years ago off craigslist. It’s actually a nice little machine, but it has lot of limitations. These are actually a european tool. If you check european woodworking webstores you’ll find a number of different companies selling the same thing. But even then it’s on the lower end diyer side of things.

As a jointer… The main problem is the table length, it’s only about 32 inches, and as such it’s difficult to joint boards longer than about 4 feet. Even then you need some sort of additional infeed/outfeed support as boards start to tip. The fence is also a little bit wonky, it took a lot of playing with to get it straight and square. It’s not very rugged so you have to be careful with it. And it doesn’t move, so if you edge joint a lot it’ll wear out the back section of the blades.

It only has two blades, they aren’t that expensive but I was only able to find them directly from Jet. They’re also kind of a pain to adjust. You can’t use common jigs as the table is aluminum so magnets don’t work. It came with this little short piece of aluminum extrusion. The blades are pushed up by springs, and then tightened down. Just takes a lot of playing with, and it’s essential to get it right. So that’s probably the most frustrating part of it all.

As a planer, I thought it worked better. There can be a fair amount of snipe as there’s no infeed support. It’s a bit tricky to see where to insert the board as you have to bend over(can’t see it because table is in the way). And you kind of want to hold upward on the board as it enters to help prevent the snipe. But generally it worked ok.

Converting between jointer and planer takes some effort. There’s a plastic dust shield that has to be moved. The planer piece has to be lowered all the day down so you can insert or remove it. There are two captive screws which hold it down on top for planing, but for jointing they hang down and you need to make sure they are hanging down or they’ll catch your blade. It takes a minute or two to do this setup.

Now last year I bought a DW735 and a PM54A off craigslist, and no longer need this. Probably going to sell it on craigslist. I think if you could find one on craigslist for about 50% of what they cost new, it’s worth experimenting with to see if it works for you. But they didn’t sell many of them, and they are fairly rare.

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#4 posted 08-03-2018 09:13 PM

I’m in the process of getting broke in with my new jet 12” combo. I’ve used the jointer feature numerous times with increasingly better results. I’m getting more snipe than I had anticipated. I’ve yet to try the planer feature. I bought the mobile base and have found it money well spent.

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