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Forum topic by lighthearted posted 05-07-2009 11:15 PM 6846 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lighthearted

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05-07-2009 11:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer planer jointerplaner combo question

Hi All-
I am new to woodworking and I’m in the process of building my shop from the ground up. My basement/garage shop is small 12×16.
6 months ago I did not know what a jointer or plane was, now that I’m obsessed with woodworking I understand the need for such tools and now I am on the hunt for them!
Given my limited space and budget I was considering the Delta JT160 6” Shopmaster benchtop Jointer and the Dewalt DW734 12.5” Planer, but now I am leaning toward a combo model.
I am considering the Jet JP10 10” jointer/planer or the Rigid JP06101 6 1/8” jointer/planer
I feel like I’ve read everything out there and I know this has been asked before, but I wanted to see how folks found these two models and any buying advice.
Thanks for all the help! The lumberjock community is awesome and has been very helpful.

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/


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#1 posted 05-07-2009 11:32 PM

go for the jet. thats a combo and i dont think the ridgid is. and a combo that small wouldnt be much help to you anyways. some people call jointers jointer/planers which can cause confusion. i would just go with the jet

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 11:45 PM

That Ridgid jointer/planer looks like a jointer only so they shouldn’t call it a planer. The Jet machine is a combo but the specs look iffy, I wouldn’t want a jointer with an aluminum fence, nor a “sheet metal outfeed table”. At least the Ridgid jointer is cast iron, and cutterhead has 3 knives instead of Jet’s 2 knives.

-- Ed

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 09:58 PM

Chris, right now I’m in the process of buying the Jet 10” combo that you are talking about. I was originally going to buy the 8” but saw the 20% sale at Woodcraft next weekend and decided to get the 10”, which I have a feeling will make sense at some point in the future. I also posted a thread on them.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/7579

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#4 posted 05-08-2009 10:03 PM

the ridgid is a ‘jointer’ only.

jointer/planer = you can create 1 flat PLANE, and joint 1 adjacent edge to it.

a ‘planer’ is a thickness planer = creates a parallel face to an already existing flat plane.

those terms can sometimes be confusing. the Jet is the only combo machine in the market at this time. with the 20% sale at woodcraft this coming week it’s worth getting it – even just for the planer, if the jointer is not good enough on it you can always use it as a dedicated thicknesser, and get a dedicated cast iron jointer later.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 04:38 PM

Thanks for all the great advice. I think I am going with the 10” Jet combo and take advantage Woodcraft sale.
Brian-let us know how you make out.

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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#6 posted 05-15-2009 08:03 PM

Backordered!!!!

-- Chris http://thelightheartedwoodworker.com/

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#7 posted 07-31-2009 06:21 PM

I am in the process of returning 2, not 1 but 2, of the Jet 10” jointer/planer combo tools. I ordered the first at Amazon.com, got it, put it together…1 broken part, warped fence, tables not coplanar. Warranty replacement of fence still warped. The tables, even after Jet’s recommended adjustment (limited to play in screw holes) there was still 1/8” difference in the beds. I ordered a replacement…same thing on the coplanar tables. I gave up and decided to return them.

It’s a shame. I have a Jet table saw I love and the little combo unit I was excited about because I have a real need for both tools and have limited space.

Incidentally, I’m also new, so that’s another reason I wanted this little unit.

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 07:16 PM

Chris,

This thread is about 6 months old now so I’m not sure if you ever picked up the Jet 10” jointer/planer but I bought one at the end of December and thought I would let you and anyone else researching this topic know how well it works.

First of all, to any of those who have purchased this machine and have had problems with it, that’s unfortunate. I know that feeling of buying something and be excited about using it only to find out there is a problem and you have to mess around sending it back and then being without and having to wait and hope that it doesn’t happen again when it’s replacement arrives. However, as for the problems that others online have posted about, fortunately I have not had these same problems. But, to get it out of the way, I will mention two minor problems I had with the unit.

When I opened the box most of the bags of hardware were broken open and parts scattered all over the box. I had to be very careful using a magnetic wand to pick all the pieces out of the styrofoam sorting them out on my workbench and because of that I came up a couple nuts short so there are two missing nuts (and bolts) for the units stand. This is more of an inconvienience that a major problem. I could go to Lowes and pick up a couple nuts if I wanted to but it’s no big deal really as the stand is solid. Yeah, it should have been packaged better but sometimes in shipping things aren’t always perfect. The second problem I had was when I was setting it up I had to take apart the safety guard assembly and set the guard spring correctly so it would swing back against the fence (instead of the opposite direction as it had been assembled incorrectly.) So far these are the only problems I’ve have with the unit.

So how does it work? First, just to let you know my background a little I have a small garage shop and consider woodworking a hobby not a business. I don’t have the space or the money to spend on bigger more expensive machinery. My only previous experiences using a jointer was back in the 80s in 8th grade shop class and in the 90s working for Great Planes Model Mfg (a division of Hobbico) in Urbana, IL. Both those machines (not remembering any name brands) were of a higher industrial quality. All that being said, this machine does not have the same solid feel as a cast iron floor machine, nor should it. But my experience so far is that it does a very good job of both jointing and planing. Just to clarify, the jointer table surface is in fact cast iron and not sheet metal. The planer table surface is sheet metal. For my use, it fits the bill and I have not experienced the problems that other negative reviewers have experienced with the machine. I took two 8-foot sections of 2” red oak ( rough cut with my chainsaw mill and resawn on my bandsaw to roughly 7/8”) and turned it into 5/8” material on the jointer/planer. So far everything I’ve planed on the machine is square and has a very smooth finish on them. The biggest advantage I see about this machine is that having a 10” jointer surface is very handy. I can start out jointing a rather wide board and then use that wide surface area butted against the fence to get a nice 90 degree smooth edge joint.

I cannot attest to how well the machine will hold up over time as I’ve only used it for about a month but I feel comfortable suggesting this machine to anyone like me who isn’t turning out furniture as a full time business and doesn’t have the space for bigger machines. And for $420 you can’t beat the price for having a 10” jointer.

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 07:18 PM

Jason
East Peoria, IL

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#10 posted 01-19-2010 04:09 AM

mtnjk…you’ve had the experience I wanted with the machine. Two units with tables that were not coplanar was too much for me. I’ve gone for the dewalt 734, a planer sled, and a jointing jig for the TS.

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