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Forum topic by TopShelf posted 02-06-2013 11:38 AM 1348 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 11:38 AM

Hi folks,
Really appreciate the advise that I’m getting from you on this forum. Wondering about planers and torn between either an 8” or 12”.

How many of you that have an 8” have gotten to the point where you wished in hind sight that you had taken the plunge and opted for a 12”?

Thanks a million

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 12:23 PM

buy the widest one you can afford and have room for my first one was a 12, my current one is a 15, when I build my retirement home and shop in a year or two I will have a 24. If you are into building things like tables the wider planer is a big help for glueing up table tops just leave the boards as thick as possible and plane them after the glue is dry.

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#2 posted 02-06-2013 12:54 PM

Just to be clear, are we talking a planer or a jointer?

For a jointer, 8” has suited me very well and I really don’t see a need for anything bigger at this point. For a planer, I have the dewalt 13” lunch box planer, and I ofter wish I had something a bit bigger for the same reason sprucegum mentioned.

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#3 posted 02-06-2013 01:41 PM

I’m with Marcus, wondering if we’re discussing planers or jointers. I have an 8”, and have been quite happy with it (jointer). Still, I keep wishing for a 12-16” one, for reasons I can’t quite justify. My planer is 15”, upped from my first 12”......and I’ve been quite content with it.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 02-06-2013 02:26 PM

for a planer , i have a twelve inch but would like wider. to start over i would have gone to a fifteen inch minimun.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#5 posted 02-06-2013 02:30 PM

I never heard of an 8” planer, do you mean jointer?

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#6 posted 02-06-2013 02:35 PM

Bondo -

I think Jet makes a 8” combo jointer/planer, but thats all I’m aware of. I think it get’s less than stellar reviews for reasons unrelated to the cut size though.

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#7 posted 02-06-2013 04:51 PM

I’ve had both 8” and 12” jointers.

Bigger jointers tend to have long beds, which
come in handy if you’re making entry doors and
other millwork but you can get furniture made
with shorter beds.

I currently have a 10” jointer and it’s adequate for
furniture making. It’s an INCA combo jointer/planer
(I just use it as a jointer) – RIKON makes a knockoff
of the INCA design now.

If you have a big shop a big jointer and planer
are nice to have, but the space they take up
is an issue in a smaller shop.

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#8 posted 02-06-2013 10:55 PM

An argument for a smaller option….

I was looking at a $1000-range jointer and found that I could spend about $1200 and get the Jet 6” Helical or for around $1900 get the 8” Helical. Considering there are a lot of 8-12” jointer less costly I think the quality, noise reduction and ease of blade rotation of a Helical head is worth it.

So, I might eng up with a 6” and when I get a board that is 7-10” It can be sawn long ways and then have two boards that fit on the jointer and glue them together. I like crossing woodgrains anyway. Looks cool.

Anyone say a cheaper larger unit is better?


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#9 posted 02-06-2013 11:02 PM

Like the others have said, get the biggest you can afford or wait until you can get it. I’ve got a 6” jointer and 13” planer and wish both were twice as big and complemented with a bandsaw with 12”+ resaw height. Then I could do ANYTHING. As it is, I’m limited and it’s really not a bad thing. Since my options are limited, I find I’m able to just do more with what I have.

But an 8” planer? I would pass on that unless you are a box maker exclusively.

If you meant jointer like we think you did, there’s a gigantic difference in price from 6-8” and so much more from 8-12” I could do a lot more if my 6” Grizzly jointer had the 6’ table and I wish I had the helical heads… mostly because mine is freaking loud

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#10 posted 02-06-2013 11:34 PM

Well, I’ve also wrestled with this question since I don’t have a planer but I’m fixing to build my dream shop. After much thought I have come up with this answer: the bigger the better. I know that’s not much of an answer. My final answer is don’t let your planer be bigger than your pocket book. You know there are a lot of old planers out there that still have a lot of good life in them and maybe they are built better than what you can buy knew. Maybe that’s the way you need to go. Who am I to say? I hope that you make the right decision and get the planer of your dreams. May you always be happy in your work and God Bless.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 02-07-2013 01:43 AM

Dooohh!!! Man, I’ve been waiting all day to get home to see what you folks had to say about my inquiry. Then I finally get here and realize that I asked about the wrong machine.

Man, major league brain cramp on that one, I had just been reading up on planers for a couple of hours and evidently had them stuck in my brain.

So very sorry for the confusion. I meant to ask about 8” or 12” JOINER….
I do appreciate the replies fellas, seems as though a couple of you figured out what I had intended to ask despite my best efforts to mess it up. Thank you.

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#12 posted 02-07-2013 02:26 AM

Alot will come down to how much space you have for the machine in your shop, yes it’s nice to have a wide jointer but an eight inch is usually sufficient for most projects and there are other tools for flattening table tops.
Now six inch jointers on the other hand, well I don’t like those, they aren’t as easy to use and you can do less with them.

As for planers, wider is always better :P

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#13 posted 02-07-2013 02:30 AM

OP you may want to edit your title. I clicked on this only to find out more info about an 8” planer I’d never heard of.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 02-07-2013 12:06 PM

Thanks Ben, hadn’t thought about that, title corrected. Thinking about changing my name here to “DipStick..”

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#15 posted 02-07-2013 12:09 PM

Nah, “dipstick” doesnt quite fit.

How ‘bout “BrainFart” .... because we ALL have those now and then :-)

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