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Forum topic by TDog77 posted 03-14-2012 02:34 PM 985 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2012 02:34 PM

I don’t know if some of you remember but many of you helped me pick some shop tools many months ago and right before purchase I had a fairly major financial hiccup and had to put things on hold but I finally started picking some things up a while back and I need help with my last two items. I got my Sawstop cabinet, dust control and air filtration set up yesterday and boy has the shop shrunk (car and a half or about 13×22). I have about 2000 left to spend and want a jointer and planer and am a little lost on what to do. I have been watching craigslist a while and have been striking out and really need something sooner as I have time for projects right now before I have some more commercial jobs start up. My initial gut was to go with a jet or powermatic 6 inch jointer since they are 15 percent off right now and I don’t have any immediate plans needing more then 6 inches but I know the general consensus is to start at eight. My second initial gut was to get the D-735 with a byrd head for my planer. Any input?

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 02:44 PM

You have 2 grand to spend on a just a jointer and planer and you are worried it won’t be enough?

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 02:45 PM

The 735 is a good buy and you could always wait on the Byrd if cash is tight. I’ve got the 735 and have run tons of wood through it with the original knives. They’re only $30 or $40 at Global Tooling. Global also has a carbide head for a good price. I bought a used PM 6” jointer that took a lot of TLC to get back up. If I had it to do over again, I think I’d buy new; but I’m not sure I’d go 8”. I simply don’t work with those kinds of dimensions. You could always buy a nice jointer plane to joint edges and spring for a good planer, 735 or otherwise. That would buy you some time on the jointer decision and it’s always handy to have a jointer plane, whether your a power guy or not. Once I got a planer, I can’t imagine going without one. The jointer, meh…I could have waited a bit.

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 02:54 PM

You might want to consider a combo machine. FWW did a review of the less expensive models in the latest issue. They are all around the 2grand price point. They had some good things to say about them. A little less convenient but you’ll get a really wide jointer rather than a 6”. It will also take up less floor space.

I don’t own one, but it sounds interesting.

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 07:55 PM

$2k on a planer and jointer and you had financial issues not that long ago? You may want to…adjust your budget?

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#5 posted 03-16-2012 03:58 AM

Have you considered purchasing a wood router? In my opinion this is an essential tool to have for serious woodworking.

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 04:06 AM

I have a couple of routers. I am starting to feel a little pressed as the 15 percent off sale ends in the next three days and the jet 12 inch combo with spiral head is 550 off but nobody around me has any models of anything I am considering to go and look at.

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