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Forum topic by ClammyBallz posted 04-17-2015 01:16 PM 740 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ClammyBallz

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04-17-2015 01:16 PM

I’m putting together my new workshop and have just about everything I need except a jointer. I decided I really want at least an 8” jointer. I’ve been searching CL for the last few months and nothing of interest is coming up, either they’re beat or they want too much money. I’m really leaning towards a Grizzly G0490X jointer, but then I came across a used Jet 12” JJP-12 jointer/planer combo with a byrd head installed for a decent price, not much more than the Grizzly when you add in freight & tax. Most of my projects are not big, can’t imagine I’d need any lumber over 7’ long and being able to handle wider boards would be nice. However, it seems the Jet is not the easiest to adjust and I already have a planer, so I’d only be using it as a jointer. So, will I be loosing out with a shorter bed to gain width?


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SirIrb

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#1 posted 04-17-2015 01:24 PM

If you use wider stock then go with the wider jointer. If you do not plan to joint the face of wide stock it would be a waste. The longer bed of the 8” will then be wise.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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#2 posted 04-17-2015 01:43 PM

I have the Jet JJp-12HH and I’m really impressed with it. I have a small garage, so trading in a 6 inch jointer and Ridgid planer for this was easy. Face jointing took me a while to adjust to since it has the Euro style guard, but now I like it, much safer! I expected the planer to be a bit of a compromise, but it is great. I think the fixed head and movable table is a better approach than the movable head like in the lunchbox planers. I get far less snipe with the Jet planer than I did with my Ridgid. Switching over is very easy, the entire top lifts up as one unit.

I have a lot of wide white oak, so this is perfect for me, but as SirIrb says if you don’t use many wide boards it may not be worth it unless you need the space.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 04-18-2015 01:47 PM

I’ve got the grizzly 12 inch joiner. I have never said dang I’ve got to big Jointer. wish I had bought the smaller one

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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HerbC

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#4 posted 04-18-2015 02:25 PM

Buy the 12” jointer/planer. Especially since it has the byrd head included…

Herb

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#5 posted 04-18-2015 05:26 PM

you can always make a outfeed table if needed

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ClammyBallz

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#6 posted 04-18-2015 10:00 PM



I have the Jet JJp-12HH and I m really impressed with it.

Do you get a full 12” cut or is it 11.75”?

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iminmyshop

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#7 posted 04-18-2015 10:39 PM

Ditto on the wider bed. You’ll never regret having a wider bed while you might occasionally regret the narrower one. And, as daddywoofdawg above has said, you can always add an outfeed table or stand.

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RobS888

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#8 posted 04-20-2015 12:58 AM


I have the Jet JJp-12HH and I m really impressed with it.

Do you get a full 12” cut or is it 11.75”?

- ClammyBallz


Haven’t tried more than about 10 inches wide. I’ll check.

-- I always suspected many gun nuts were afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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rwe2156

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#9 posted 04-20-2015 05:43 PM

Daddywoof + inmyshop +3

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