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Forum topic by richardwootton posted 04-25-2013 12:24 AM 1127 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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richardwootton

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04-25-2013 12:24 AM

After continuously searching craigslist for a decent jointer and planer I think I am leaning towards buying one new. I really like the idea of the Jet JJP-10BTOS 10” Benchtop Jointer Planer, but don’t know a whole lot about it. Does anyone own on of these or have you heard much about them? Thanks for any info you might have.

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pwalter

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 12:30 AM

I DID own one. I guess to be fair, it will get you by if you are doing small projects like boxes. But the reality of it is, if you are looking to joint a 5ft piece of wood, it just doesn’t cut it. It tips over extremely easy (which can be weighted down) You CAN’T adjust the tables if they are not coplanar. And with the way I work. For example, I may mill up legs. Face joint, edge joint. Face plane then rip on a table saw. Then do the aprons, Then do the table top. It turns into a lot of switching the machine, which isn’t hard, but still something I learned to HATE. BUT with as much hatred I learned to have for this machine. It got me by for the first year or two. And the only other alternative is to spend an arm and a leg for 2 separate machines, which is exactly why I bought this one when I did.

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BigRedKnothead

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 12:44 AM

Yes I own this terrible machine. Pwalter pointed out the major downsides….and they are major. The planer functions ok. Probably as good as most low-end benchtop planers. But the jointer is an absolute joke. They sent me a whole new machine after much frustration. The beds were still way off, with now way to adjust them.

This is the only Jet purchase I’ve regretted. I really think the dropped the ball with the whole benchtop series. Amazon reviews will attest. If you want a jointer, I would encourage to keep looking for a quality used or go with the most affordable: grizzly. I got an 8” grizzly on sale for around $700 this past year. It costs more than this Jet, but I will probably have it the rest of my days. As for the Jet machine, it still my functioning planer for now, but I will be unloading it soon. Ooorrr, maybe I’ll keep it as my “buy nice or buy twice” reminder;-)

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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runswithscissors

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 01:44 AM

Rikon makes one very similar except it gets much better reviews (and costs quite a bit more). Several combo machines were reviewed in the 2013 Tool Guide (Taunton Press).

I got a terrific deal (slightly over half price) on a Jet JJP12-HH (helical head) that I like very much. I have not found switching between modes particularly onerous, partly because I also put a remote redout Wixey height gauge on it. It can recover a planer setting in seconds, down to .005” resolution. Takes about 30 seconds to switch modes. But unless you find a deal like I did, you’ll have well over $3000 in it. This machine was also reviewed in the 2013 Tool Guide.

Inca (Swiss made) also makes a machine similar to the one your considering. Occasionally one will come up on CL.

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David Kirtley

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 12:03 AM

I have one of the 8” ones. I don’t use it often but it has been ok. It was worth the $250 I paid for it. I really bought it for milling a bunch of strips for a boat project but have not had time or inclination to work on it. Maybe this summer.

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Shawn Masterson

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 01:39 AM

I had a 10” Schapach, same thing but german made 2HP. I paid $125 for it. I found the jointer to be crap, so I set it up as a planer and it was a monster with a 2HP 220 volt motor on 10” planer. after 3 years of service the roller covers started to dry out and then the feeder gears gave out so I parted it out due to ordering part form the UK was more costly than it was worth. after having a combo machine I am a firm believer that a stand alone machine is the best way to go. They allow for upgrades one machine at a time. I now have a 20” planer and a 6” but soon to be an 8” jointer.

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