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Forum topic by Gixxerjoe04 posted 02-25-2014 03:27 PM 844 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2014 03:27 PM

So I’ve been looking for a planer and jointer but nothing really comes up on Craigslist and like the idea of having a warranty of buying new but not new prices. Came across the jet planer/jointer combo, $375 for 8 inch and $500 for 10 inch. Has anyone ever used one of these or heard anything about them. Would be nice saving room on my shop/garage. Thought about just getting the ryobi or ridgid planer and keep looking on Craigslist for a jointer, the ryobi is cheap and ridgid isn’t too bad but has the lifetime service plan which would be nice as well, so many choices make it hard to pull the trigger.


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#1 posted 02-25-2014 05:07 PM

Check some of the reviews, don’t waste your money.

-- Earl

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#2 posted 02-25-2014 05:14 PM

I had and on one website it was good then on amazon it was horrible so wasn’t sure.

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#3 posted 02-26-2014 08:58 PM

The reviews on Amazon are mostly negative for the 2 models you are looking at. In contrast, I found an excellent deal on the Jet JJP 12HH combo machine, and like it very much. Off course the cost difference is significant.

I don’t know if anyone else makes a combo machine at the light duty end of the spectrum. Although Ryobi usually gets panned by LJs, I believe their lunchbox planers are as good as anyone’s, and very reasonably priced. They invented the lunchbox planer. A high school shop teacher I know got one for the school shop. After several years, it was still going strong. You can probably imagine how hard kids are on machinery. They hardly used the huge industrial planer after that (about as big as a VW bug). He set the Ryobi up on a long table with a roller at each end. That first Ryobi had 10 inch capacity. You still see them on CL once in a while.

I would not pair the lunchbox planer with a light duty benchtop jointer, though. Most everybody finds them quite inadequate. Like the lunchbox planers, their universal motors how like banshees, but at least with the planer you can put up with the noise in order to get the benefits of the planer.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#4 posted 02-26-2014 10:10 PM

Yea I saw the older model ryobi at a pawn shop, didn’t look worth the $100. I’ve seen one other combo that looked good, I think makita made it, it wasn’t set up the same though. The ryobi got basically the same decent reviews as the ridgid, wonder if the extra $120 is worth it for the rigid. Me being a weekend warrior I don’t think I’d really see the difference and that extra money could be used for other tools I need.

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#5 posted 02-26-2014 10:15 PM

Right. I forgot about the Makita. Two points about those: 1) the jointer is narrower—6” I think; and 2) they have a reputation for problematic drive rollers, which apparently deteriorate over time, and are pretty expensive to replace.

I believe Hitachi made a similar machine.

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#6 posted 02-27-2014 03:08 AM

I bought a refurbed Ryobi at one of those truck load tool sales several years and the only problem I have had with it is something fell on the adjustment handle and broke it. Small vice grips now adjust it. I also found a Delta 6” bench top jointer for $75 bucks around the same time on craigslist. Both still going strong.

-- Jim in Cushing Oklahoma

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