If you had to choose just one, which would it be?

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Forum topic by kreitzm posted 07-13-2013 08:52 AM 3625 views 2 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2013 08:52 AM

A jointer or a planer? I am going to be making my next purchase soon and want to get one of these but not sure which will be more useful. I don’t want a combo machine, I am looking to get a dedicated one. I know I can do some jointing on my tablesaw or with my router, so I am leaning toward a planer.

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#1 posted 07-13-2013 10:24 AM

planer hands down it well save you money down the road and get a good floor planer not one of these lunch box planer’s.

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#2 posted 07-13-2013 10:29 AM

You can also make a jointing sled for your planer so it can operate as both machines.

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#3 posted 07-13-2013 10:35 AM

Planer, hands down. You can make quick work of jointing lumber on a table saw, using a rip sled.


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#4 posted 07-13-2013 11:52 AM

Planer. Hand planes work just fine for jointing.

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#5 posted 07-13-2013 12:23 PM

^ What Don said…

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#6 posted 07-13-2013 12:26 PM

Planer, hands down.

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#7 posted 07-13-2013 12:46 PM

Planer for sure, you can joint w/ hand planes.

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#8 posted 07-13-2013 02:21 PM

I agree with the planer and using hand planes for jointing. The jointer is still very useful for taking warps out and it is quicker for edge jointing but I still use a hand plane after the jointer if I want a really smooth edge. I have a small portable delta planer that is about 15 years old and for a hobby woodworker I think they work great.

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#9 posted 07-13-2013 02:45 PM

Thanks for the replies guys. I was thinking that a planer was the better choice, I have already had need for one but have not really found myself needing a jointer. I probably will end up getting a lunchbox one for now as that is what my budget is limited to (since I haven’t been seeing anything on Craigslist for a while now).

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#10 posted 07-13-2013 03:04 PM

I’ll say jointer just to make it non-unanimous, even though secretly my vote is also for planer. Gotta keep this discussion interesting. Imagine how boring lifewould be if everything were unanimous.

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#11 posted 07-13-2013 03:05 PM

I agree with everyone else a planner.

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#12 posted 07-13-2013 03:05 PM

I would have to say a planer, with sleds and other tricks it will do more. Though, a jointer machine is a nice thing to have. Both machines work together in a good way. A planer with hand jointer.

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#13 posted 07-13-2013 03:19 PM

ok Bob, is that a very early Sargent or an Ohio Tools jointer.

I like the pairing you’ve got there.

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#14 posted 07-13-2013 03:27 PM

Both used in tandem is best. A planer duplicates the opposite face of a board while it smooths and gives a uniform thickness….however, if a board is twisted, bowed, or warped going in, it’ll come out of the planer twisted, bowed, or warped… though will be smoother and thinner. A jointer flattens a reference face, then squares an edge 90° adjacent to that face. With the help of a sled to represent a reference face, a planer can be coaxed into flattening a face. You can then edge joint with a TS or router, but if you don’t flatten a face first, the edges won’t be perfectly 90° to the face.

Examples of wood that should be face jointed or flattened with a planer sled:

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#15 posted 07-13-2013 04:43 PM

Don, I am not sure just what that plane is. It has no markings at all. The blade is a Diamond Edge, and appears to have been on there a long long time. Here with a Stanely #8 type 7. Both C style soles from the same estate. The unkown plane has a little thicker sole, the sole on it is very straight, making it work better the the Stanley. I am working on the stanley to bring it up to as good working.

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