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Forum topic by LeChuck posted 08-05-2012 02:03 AM 1896 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-05-2012 02:03 AM

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Hi folks,

I recently bought the 6” jointer from Harbor Freight, on closeout with a 20% discount coupon.

First of all, for anyone contemplating buying this tool to save some money….don’t. I’m serious. If you value your time and sanity, try to spend an extra 100 bucks, find a good used one etc. Now it may work very well in the end, I have no idea, but the madness you will feel coming to you while you try to assemble this thing…it’s not worth it. It will put the most patient people to the test. I’ve built my share of things with crappy, nonsense directions, but this goes beyond bad directions. The base and the way it all mounts together, it had to be designed by monkeys.

Anyway…a question for those who did buy this jointer: what’s with the screws on the fence mounting bracket??? The “manual” (by the way, don’t tighten the screws when the “manual” tells you to, and mind the way you put in the “upright” plate, slots closer to the bottom) seems to think that you can move the fence back and forth along the table without changing the vertical alignment and mentions the use of one of the screws. I just don’t see how it’s possible. Did I miss something there? As far as I know, as soon as you loosen the bracket using the handle, the vertical alignment is gone. There are 3 screws along the edge of the mounting bracket, along with some nuts, and I can’t see for the life of me what they are for. They seem to be stop screws that stop nothing…


-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 02:19 AM

I think I just had a flash of clarity. The assembly of this thing just numbed me.

Are those screws supposed to rest on that little foldable index at the back? So it’s just the manual which is completely off again, describing the need to actually untighten the screw in order to slide the fence…

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 11:36 AM

Dunno if these will help anyone, but here are some pics from the manual of the HF 7” jointer, which uses pretty much the same fence as the 6”.

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 02:31 PM

Thanks. This seems to be a bit different. The stop screws are there too but there is clearly a large bar on which they can rest. I guess the other one is similar but flimsier.

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#5 posted 08-05-2012 02:34 PM

The Fence looks like the bevel scale is a mitre gauge:)

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