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Forum topic by Shawn posted 05-26-2014 05:27 AM 834 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn

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05-26-2014 05:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: planer jointer

Has anyone had any experience with the JET 707400 (8”) jointer/planer combo? If so, what do ya think, is it worth it?

-- -Shawn


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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 05-26-2014 07:18 AM

I have the 12 incher, which I like very much. But the reviews on Amazon for that model are mixed. I’d check out the reviews to see what issues people encountered.

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

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#2 posted 05-26-2014 12:27 PM

+1 for the 12” with the helical head. Good machine. Sorry I can’t help you on th 8”.

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#3 posted 05-27-2014 08:55 PM

Considering space and funds, I think I’ll try the 8”. I’ll let you guys know what happens…

-- -Shawn

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 08:31 PM

I was considering the 10” version of this unit until I dug into the reviews. I wish you the best of luck, but I found an awful lot of reviews that complained about one thing. The tables on the jointer aren’t coplanar, and they can’t be made coplanar. I see the exact same complaints in reviews for the 8” model. See this review on LJ for more info on the quality problems with these combo machines.

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#5 posted 05-29-2014 08:41 PM

I have read those very complaints, and have seen those for sale on Craigslist frequently. Most often in very new condition. I would be wary. They do seem like the perfect, budget balanced solution, but if it only frustrates you, it isn’t worth the trouble.

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Shawn

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#6 posted 06-13-2014 03:13 PM

Well, I decided against the Jet 8” jointer/planer combo. I just couldn’t get past all the negative reviews and complaints about the jointer not being up to par with beds not being co-planer. This would have been my first jointer, so I decided to go even cheaper and find one on CL. I did come across an older Craftsman 6” jointer that I can trade for a couple of hunting items. We are set to meet next week to exchange if nothing happens. Here is a pic. Do you guys think this would be ok for my first jointer???

-- -Shawn

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nicksmurf111

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#7 posted 06-13-2014 03:30 PM

Consider you will likely need to replace the bearings in the Craftsman jointer (they are really cheep, but you will need to rip the machine and/or motor apart). Those machines are worth around $150 in good condition. I’m not familiar with how they work though, I have a 6” Delta. I think you made a good decision to not get a combo. Make sure it has more than a 1/2hp motor. 3/4hp or 1hp is what you want.

-- Nicholas

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#8 posted 06-13-2014 03:34 PM

I have heard mostly incredibly poor reviews of both the 8 and 10” Jet combo machines… So sad too. Good brand name, great idea, incredibly poor execution from what I understand…

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runswithscissors

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#9 posted 06-14-2014 08:29 PM

I have no personal experience with the C-man jointer, but my dad owned one, and liked it very much.

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

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jonah

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#10 posted 06-14-2014 09:20 PM

The Craftsman is decent. The bed is short, which is a real drag for jointing long boards, but if you can get by without having to joint anything longer than ~3 feet you’ll be fine.

You’ll almost certainly have to sharpen the knives as well, or just buy a new set. 4-6” knives aren’t expensive.

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 02:08 PM

I’ll second that about 6” knives being in-expensive. I have a local saw sharpening service that sells new jointer / planer blades. $19 + tax to resharpen my original 6” Delta jointer knives. I bought $25 3 pack Freud 6” blades while I was at it.
You can always construct outfeed / infeed supports at your leisure for short bed jointers.

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