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04-12-2009 01:05 AM

I been thinking that I may want to step in and finally get a jointer and planer, or atleast a planer right now. I’ve looked at pretty much everything that is in my price range; the Delta, Grizzly, Rigid, Dewalt (its more on the upper end of my budget). Been leaning towards the Grizzly but I finally took a look at the Jet Combo and the more I read about it the more I like, mainly for space purposes. If I got both it would take a huge chunk out of the space in my shop. If I did go with one of these it would most likely be the 8” but I’m not ruling out the 10”. Does anybody have one of these? What is the maximum planning thickness?


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#1 posted 04-12-2009 01:33 AM

dunno, as versatile as those new jets look, they seem to be part of their B3NCH product line which looks like it’s a lower quality than other jointers on the market… (aluminum fence compared to a cast iron fence.. fence adjustements, etc).

it looks tempting – I can’t say that it doesn’t, but I would give it a bit more time to see how other’s like those machines, and how their stand up to normal use and abuse.

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#2 posted 04-12-2009 01:42 AM

sure would be nice to have a 12” jointer though.

-- Scott - Chico California http://chicowoodnut.home.comcast.net

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#3 posted 04-12-2009 03:02 AM

1/8” max on both planing and jointing. 1/16” recommended. I have bought one but have not used it yet, or even put it togather. But after months of research and studying what I would be doing, I felt Jet was a reputable company. AND it fit my budget also. mho :o)

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#4 posted 04-12-2009 03:10 AM

Chico, I think the OP is referring to the smaller 8” and 10” models that Jet has introduces not too long ago as part of their B3NCH product line, and not the 12” beast that has been in the market for a year or so…

smokey – keep us posted once you have it setup and working – I’m sure many here would benefit from it. like I said – it’s a tempting machine, and for most -it’ll be more than enough at a good price.

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 12:33 AM

I’ll be happy to.

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 04:15 AM

Purp, yeah I’m not in a big hurry but it would make things easier if I had atleast a planer. I figured these, the 8” and 10”, were newer because I haven’t been able to find that much on them.

Smokey, I meant what is the maximum planning thickness, but I found it on Woodcrafts site which for the 8” it says 4.92”. And definitely keep us posted.

If I could afford the 12” then I would definitely leap at it but its way to far out of my budget.

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 05:14 AM

Brian,

I asked a similar question a while back. Hope it helps….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 06:07 PM

Thanks Chris, yes it did help.

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 06:53 PM

Thanks PurpLev,

My boss must be rubbing off on me.

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Yikes!

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#10 posted 04-14-2009 11:01 PM

I have a jet combo. I love it! I have the 12 inch bench top model with stand. Its my first jointer and planner so it took me a while to get it set up but its really pretty awesome in my small shop! 12in blades are hard to make level! The in feed table took some adjusting so I’d be prepared for that. I’m still workin on the dust collection but I’m pretty sure with my new vac it’ll work much better. It is quite loud so get yourself a pair of good hearing protection.

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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Brian024

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#11 posted 04-15-2009 12:38 AM

Thanks Jeremy, good to hear. I’m going to make a trip to Woodcraft on saturday so maybe they will have one on display or maybe some more information on them.

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#12 posted 04-15-2009 07:14 PM

I am very close to pulling the trigger on one of the 10” models myself. I did just get a Grizzly planer a couple of months ago, but at the same time a 10” jointer for about the same price as a 6” Ridgid or Grizzly is too good to pass up, and I’ve seen favorable things said about them.

Also, I think I might grab it off of Amazon of all places, because that has the added benefits of free shipping and no sales tax. There are some reviews of them up at Amazon, as well.

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#13 posted 04-15-2009 07:23 PM

I have been looking at these also..it’s a great space saving design. As far as the thickness of passes, in the cabinet shop I worked in they had a very high end German planer, and the max recommended thickness was 1/16”, and realistically I wouldn’t want to take off more than that per pass anyways. I also like the fact that it is a 12” jointer..that is sweet. Try pricing out that separately and then you will really see the savings!

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#14 posted 04-15-2009 08:07 PM

Chico, rub that boss off of you before it’s too late ;)

amazon reviews look pretty good indeed. not really based on a long experience with the unit, but for what it’s worth it is good. one person wrote that the unit is priced similar to other 12” planers on the market, and made a good point that even if the jointer is not the best – for the planer part itself it pays for itself.

sounds like there are some limitations which I was originally referring to (jointer fence, table length, etc) but seems like there are ways around those (spacers, extension tables, etc).

looks promising for what it is.

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#15 posted 04-15-2009 08:20 PM

Sorry I misspoke (typed). I have a 10 inch bench model. But, I still think its great! Jointer and all but as I said, it took a little set up time.

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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