what model of used jointer and planer to get

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Forum topic by Larry Wilson posted 07-24-2013 01:55 PM 1478 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Larry Wilson

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07-24-2013 01:55 PM

My first post here. I am hoping to pick up some good used equipment. I want to find a good used jointer and a good used planer. From what I have read, it seems that I am better off with separate machines. I’d really like to get this right the first time as I hate buying stuff twice. I’m thinking an 8” jointer and a 13” planer. What make and models would you guys suggest for me. I strongly prefer North American made stuff. Made in China just drives me nuts. My budget is about $1200-$1500 total. I am on Vancouver Island for what it’s worth. Thanks

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#1 posted 07-24-2013 03:06 PM

Welcome Larry!!! For that price you could get new equipment and have a warranty. Try the Dewalt H5341 planer for $400 and the Grizzly G0656 8”x72” Jointer for $800. I have the dewalt Planer and a 6” Grizzly jointer in my shop and love them both.

IF you wanted to go used and a better quality that is made in the US, then Powermatic would be a good option

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 03:08 PM

Good luck on finding a good used 8in jointer. I managed to find one, but they are few and far between. That said, you should be able to find dozens of 6in jointers all over CL, and at a decent price.

Yes, buying separate planer and jointer is the best way to go IMO. Your budget is well funded and I think you should be able to get what you want, IF you can find it in the used marketplace.

BTW, you could buy a NEW planer anywhere from ~$360--$560 at the HD . I have the 13in Ridgid Planer and find it does very well for my small hobby shop. DeWalt is also popular.

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 05:02 PM

Check out for leads on used American
machines in your area.

With used machinery you cannot always be picky about
brand and model. Jointers are simple machines
with few moving parts – condition of the tool
matters more than brand name when buying used,
in my opinion.

A Belsaw planer is a reliable, simple machine and
parts are still available and not expensive.

Considering your proximity to Washington state, there
are probably a lot of Grizzly machine in circulation on
the used market. They are not American made
obviously, but the quality is decent.

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 08:08 PM

A tabletop planer would be the way to go I have a 15in jet its great for big wood but I sold my Craftsman 13in wish I had it back to plane small stuff with, but with a jointer you get one side flat and it’s much easier on the benchtop jointer when you start thicknessing the stock down, passes are held to a minimum and it’s easier on the planer, IMHO I would go with the 8in jointer for the weight and larger motor

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 08:09 PM

I meant benchtop planer it’s much easier on after jointing

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 08:40 PM

The Canadian made General stuff is second to none. Look around and see what you can find used. Don’t confuse “General” with “General International”.....same company, but the GI line is made in Asia. Older PM, Delta, Delta/Rockwell, Delta/Milwaukee, Oliver, Atlas, Northfield, and Wadkins are other good used North American brands.

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