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Forum topic by JK0702 posted 09-13-2012 01:14 AM 1683 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JK0702

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09-13-2012 01:14 AM

As I passed on the last jointer I looked at, a new one has caught my eye. This one is an 8” jointer made by YMC, model # WJ-200. It is made in China. It looks good from the picture, but I’ve never heard of YMC. I did a google search and was directed to the TRUPRO website, out of Taiwan and China. It appeared to be the same tool, but still, I know little to nothing about quality, ease of getting replacement parts, or how well the tool functions. Does anybody know anything about this manufacturer or model number?

The guy is asking $650 which appears to be a fair price compared to what else I’ve seen for 8” jointers. Thanks for your help.

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.


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cabmaker

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#1 posted 09-13-2012 01:20 AM

China, trupro, 650.00 ? It would have to be in mint condition and I would have to want one very badly. You can do better. Much better !

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 09-13-2012 01:33 AM

Never heard of them. They could be great OR they could be trash. Are you blindly willing to risk that $650 to find out? I wouldn’t think so.

So, if I were in the market for a jointer I would be looking at popular producers/manufacturers in order to make a decision. Look at production numbers and units sold, and where. Much coming out of China and Taiwan is pretty good stuff, though there is still much that is needed from some of those producers.

My personal guidelines/suggestions would be:
  • Find out what brand(s) is/are popular
  • Choose a price point that you can live with
  • Buy one of two models HIGHER than the bottom “entry-level” machine from that manufacturer. Everyone builds a cheap, cheaply constructed piece of junk to get you in the door. It is up to you to realize that it is junk.

BTW, we are quickly losing the manufacturing war with these overseas companies so don’t let your “American pride” be a stumbling block when making a decision. American Made may or may not be better anymore. Buyer beware.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 09-13-2012 03:34 AM

I would look at a Grizzly. I have their 6” and I love it- use it every day!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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JK0702

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#4 posted 09-14-2012 01:46 AM

Well, it seems that everybody out there knows about as much about this machine as I do, which is not much. Not going to risk good money on an unknown. I will wait for the right machine to become available. Truly, I’d like a Delta or Grizzly, 8” if possible.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

-- John - Huntington Beach, CA --- Growth occurs when we get out of our comfort zone.

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 09-14-2012 01:49 AM

wise decesion John .

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