Jointer/planer vs separate machines? Pros/Cons

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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 09-09-2013 02:31 PM 1815 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2013 02:31 PM

I’m looking into buying a jointer soon but i’m not sure if i want to go with a combo machine or stand alone unit. I have a Dewalt 735 planer already but I’m not sure if i should go with an 8” jointer with spiral cutterhead and my dewalt, or with a grizzly 12” combo with the spiral cutterhead. Pro’s of the combo of course are that i would have a 12” jointer and both this and the planer are using spiral cutterheads rather than one spiral and one straight knife. Cons are that I lose planer settings when switching back to jointer and slightly shorter beds. what are you guys’ opinions. pros/ cons, etc?

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 02:59 PM

you pretty much covered it in your pros/cons. Personally I like separate machines. I believe most combo machines have short jointer beds, definite con to me. It really comes down to space, what you do, and preference.

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 03:06 PM

You have a planer, so that’s covered. Depends on where you place the
use of your time.

I’d get the 8” spiral jointer and stay efficient time wise.

Those Grizzly combo machines are tempting.

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 03:08 PM

I would love to have a 12” jointer. That said if you have the room, if you have the $ I would go with stand alone machines.

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 03:49 PM

When I worked on a Robland combo machine I often
left it set up as a jointer and used a lunchbox planer
unless I was doing a lot of work and wanted the
Robland’s muscle. I build a 30” outfeed extension
table and could joint 8’ edges on it.

I liked the mortiser. Getting the tables to go back
to the same relationship every time took some knack.

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 05:04 PM

i guess an 8” jointer would be better. Maybe at some point i’ll switch out the straight knives for a shelix on my dewalt. thanks

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 05:10 PM

I was thinking the same thing, then inherited a 12” jointer. It needs work so I have to figure out if I want to fix it up and use or sell it, or sell my Delta DJ-20. I wish I did, but I don’t have room for both in my shop. BTW I too have a DeWalt bench top planer and while it would be nice for some greater capacity/power it works great for over 95% of what I need it for.

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 05:13 PM

I have a 13” planer, 8” jointer and a 16” combo machine. I only use the 16” when I need the extra width but I’m very happy to have the extra width. My vote in your situation would be the combo to get the wider jointer. I would recommend a 16” too if you can scare up the extra money.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 06:08 PM

I prefer dedicated tools. I like to have the tool sitting there, ready to use.
For most people, an 8” jointer is adequate. I usually mill quartersawn oak, so the best boards are 5-8” wide. Most of the 12” boards I encounter are flatsawn, and less desirable. I can still mill them by taking one pass at the jointer, then switching to a planer sled. Also, I don’t do many projects that call for stock wider than 8”.
95% of the stock I encounter fits on my 8” jointer.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 08:46 PM

IMO, keep separate machines. I have a dedicated spiral head 8in Jointer with a 75in X 9-1/4in bed and really appreciate having the longer beds. My Planer is a 14in lunchbox by Ridgid.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 10:14 PM

Approx 70% of the wood I purchase is less than 8” wide. None of the table top glue-ups are less than 8”. I like having wider jointer/ planers to flatten the glue-ups.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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