|Forum topic by fellednhewn||posted 12-31-2014 03:53 AM||1143 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
12-31-2014 03:53 AM
I’m hoping to get some guidance from those with more jointer experience than me.
I had a small woodworking shop I gave up when my wife and I received opportunities across the country we couldn’t pass up. I sold all my power equipment (fairly high end gear) and packed my hand tools away.
As it stands now it’s been ten years and thing have gone well enough for my wife and me that I find myself living back in the eastern U.S. in a house with a three+ car garage perfectly suited to start a little shop. I’m also lucky enough to have a good amount of free time. Meaning I’m able to pursue woodworking without much constraint.
That being said, for mostly philosophical reasons, I’m trying to setup a minimalistic shop. Not one based around a high powered table saw and jigs, routers, and power tools, like I had before. But one based around a well made shop bench, hand tools, and a few (hopefully used) power tools.
My thought was a bandsaw, jointer, and lathe. The kind of work I want to do and the skill-set I’m trying to encourage shouldn’t require much else as far as big equipment goes. I was lucky enough to buy a used Rockwell 14” bandsaw with a riser in good shape for $150 on Craigslist. I put a little TLC into it, replaced the guides, tuned it up and now with the new blades I’m happy with it.
I’ve been looking for a used jointer and lathe for a couple months now but it seems Upstate New York is a poor place to find used power tools. At least in my experience.
I was able to find a new Nova lathe on sale. Now I’m looking for a jointer and it looks like I will buy new.
My question is what is the best value for the dollar in the new jointer market? I know everyone always says buy the widest/heaviest machine your budget will allow, but there’s more variability than that.
I checked out the new Jet 10” jointer/planner for $499 and the reviews say it’s pretty much junk.
Now I’m thinking Jet or Powermatic 6” jointer.
Then the question is whether to get the model with “quickset” knives or the Helical head?
At Rockler/Woodcraft the prices breakdown like this:
Jet 6” with “quick-set” knives/ 1hp / = $919.99
I don’t know what happened to Delta. I used to own the 6” open stand jointer by them. It was inexpensive but decent once you got it set up. I also see there is a company called Steel City which makes less expensive jointers, but I know nothing about them.
Any and all help is appreciated.
-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”