Large jointer (16") or a wide belt sander

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09-22-2014 01:33 AM

I currently have a 6” jointer with a segmented head and am thinking about upgrading to a used 16” jointer. Recently I have been looking into a 30+” wide belt sander instead. Should I sell my current jointer and go with a 16” or get a wide belt sander that can flatten wider boards and costs about the same?

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 01:46 AM

I’m thinking myself of getting a wide belt sander in the 36” range for doing panels, cutting board and the like. Used, the prices are all over the place and most of any significant size are three phase, very heavy and very large, whereas a 16” jointer might have been converted to single phase, is still pretty heavy, but probably won’t take up as much space. Especially if you consider you’ll be getting rid of you current jointer. Lots of variables that still need to be taken into consideration before making a final decision.

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 01:53 AM

I have an 18” Wood Master planer and was considering their line of wide belt sanders.

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 02:26 AM

A wide belt sander will not flatten boards.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 03:03 AM

I have a Lobo 37” WBS. Probably the most used large power tool in the shop. I don’t know how I got anything done with the 35”drum sander and the 20” planer.

If i were forced to give up a tool, it would not be the wide belt sander. The 20” Powermatic planer would go before the WBS. The drum sander has found a new home, however [first item to go].

And, yes, you can flatten a cupped board with the WBS. Not successful straightening a twisted board with either a planer or WBS, however.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 04:33 AM

The wide belt will flatten a side ONLY if the OPPOSITE side is flat… just like using a Planer.

A Jointer will make a non flat surface Flat.

A Wide Belt Sander WILL do a better job than ANY JOINTER or Planer can do if you’re working with heavily Inlaid or Figured surfaces. The Wide Belt sander shines Big Time in this area!

They BOTH have their place in the shop…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 04:44 AM

Two different tool two different uses. If you can’t get both get the 16 ” jointer.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#7 posted 09-22-2014 03:51 PM

Thanks for the info guys. I am still on the hunt for the right used 16” jointer.

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#8 posted 09-22-2014 06:59 PM

One consideration for the WBS is it needs a honkin’ big dust collector. A 16” jointer can use a honkin’ big dust collector, or a big broom. :)

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#9 posted 09-22-2014 11:57 PM

I think I would be frightened to run a board across a 16’’ wide jointer :) I would say buy yourself some hand planes to get the board flat enough on one side to run through your 18” planer and spend the money on the belt sander.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 12:36 AM

I would get the 16” jointer first. That’s quite a step up from 6”. Kudos for not making all of the silly stops in between. :)

If you are working at that scale, however, you are definitely going to want the drum sander soon. :)

-- PaulMayer,

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 12:51 AM

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#12 posted 09-23-2014 01:32 AM

I have a 16” jointer. There’s nothing scary about running a board across it. I have mine connected to a 3 Hp dust collector and it does fine. Never had it hooked to anything smaller but I think it would do fine with a 2 hp if it was the only tool connected to it.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#13 posted 09-23-2014 01:38 AM

Loren. Don’t tempt us….

I would kill for a 16” jointer. Or it would kill me.

I would go with the jointer first. I think a jointer and belt sander are really in two different categories. If you need to truly flatten stuff, go with the jointer.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#14 posted 09-23-2014 01:43 AM

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#15 posted 09-23-2014 01:54 AM

I wouldn’t hesitate for a second and get the 16” jointer,,,,,,,,,,,,and the belt sander,16”?wow

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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