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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 12-20-2012 03:30 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2012 03:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jointer

I got so much good advice on portable table saws, I thought I’d ask about another tool I need soon…bench jointer.

I don’t have the space for a floor standing, so much like the table saw I’m looking for a smaller table sized unit. I have seen the shop-fox, porter cable and Steel City. The local woodworking shop has the Shop Fox. It looks pretty nice, and I believe is the same unit as the similarly priced Grizzly. I have not seen the Porter Cable in person, though they seem to be a quality brand. I’m curious if that is actually the same machine as the Shopfox/Grizzly as well, since it is almost exactly the same price and looks very similar. I’m not faimilair with STeel city at all, but it is about $100 more and has a helical cutter head.

So…since I have to live with the limitations of a short bed jointer, which of these is the best? Any othe guys like me here with small/no shop using these?


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#1 posted 12-20-2012 05:39 PM

I’d personally get a vintage Craftsman or Delta before buying new. They’re just a lot more solidly built. In fact, that’s what I did.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 06:22 PM

Before I had room for a floor standing jointer, I had an old 4” Craftsman benchtop model. Although noisy, with the universal motor, it served me well for quite a few yrs. Scour Craigslist as they’re actually quite common. Can’t say anything about any of the others.

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