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Thread: Thoughts on the Jet 8" & 10" B3nch Jointer/Planer Combos

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    Thoughts on the Jet 8" & 10" B3nch Jointer/Planer Combos

    Ran across these 'looking around'.
    I feel the beds are too short.
    Your Thoughts?

    Link to Jet Web Site: Jet B3nch Jointer/Planer Combo


    (Shown with optional stand.)

    10" Specifications:

    Cutterhead Speed = 9000 RPM
    Number of Knives (Standard) = 2
    Standard Knife Size (L x W x T) = 10 x 0.65 x 0.06 "
    Fence Size (L x H) = 25 x 4 7/8 "
    Fence Tilts = 0 - 45
    Motor Voltage = 115 V
    Prewired Voltage = 115 V
    Motor Current = 13 A
    Cuts Per Minute = 18,000 CPM
    Feed Speed = 19.5 FPM
    Max. Cutting Width = 10”
    Jointer Max. Cut Depth = 1/8"
    Planer Max. Cut Depth = 0.08"
    Height = 17 inch
    Width = 20 inch
    Length = 40.4 inch
    Net Weight = 73.9 pound

    Around $425
    Last edited by Frank Townend; 12-25-2008 at 12:47 AM.



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    Beds to short
    Jay

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    I have always wonderd if the are very solid units. They do not seem to like they would stay in specs when you are always switching them between planer and jointer. Let us know what you find out.

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    My cordless system is Ryobi and I have the Harbor Freight 14" bandsaw in my shop so I'm not the guy who denigrates tools based on brand. However, $425 is approximately the cost of a Ridgid 6" jointer and a Ryobi 13" planer. Maybe a bit less. On top of that this unit is a combo unit, so a certain amount of manipulation will be needed going from one mode of operation to another. Personally, I don't think that I would trust the unit to retain trueness. Kind of like how I don't trust an RAS that sells new under $1500. I'd be nervous that the quality just wasn't there.

    What I've read about combo jointer-planers is that they exist primarily for folks that need to save space, especially for folks that need a wider jointer capacity. Cost savings is seen when comparing to purchasing dedicated units with the jointer being a wide jointer, but cost savings is typically not seen when comparing to dedicated units where the jointer is about half the width as the planer. Most combo units have jointer beds on the short side, though this example is near the shortest I've seen.

    It has been awhile since I've read about combo machines. I looked into them when I was getting ready to get my jointer and planer (which ended up being the Ridgid 6" jointer and Ryobi 13" planer - the older unit with the cutterhead lock) and came to the conclusion that I wasn't going to save any money with a combo unit.

    Maybe this unit will work fine, last long and retain trueness over repeated changes of operational mode. That price tag is just too low for me to trust that it would though. If I was looking to purchase one, I would definitely want to speak with friends who had used one.

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    Thanks guys. Interesting points Mark. I remember the discussions in the audio field when folks were talking about integrated units vice discreet components. It seems one makes a trade-off to combine units, and you pointed out the cost saving may be nil.



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    get two seperate units or just the planer, depending on what your after frank in the final outcome.. you can elimante the jointer by gettin your wood skip planed and straight lined. and use a good rip blade. and this from one who has jointer but wouldnt get another.
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    Thank you Larry. I will tell you the only reason I would need either a planer or jointer is to do flat work, maybe I will do that when you start turning.



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    boy its gonna be cold then
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    Frank,

    I think the beds are too short!

    Honestly, I'm as cheap as the next guy, but my jointer and planer cost around 700 combined. They let me make small and midsized stuff, and I can buy rough lumber and mill it. Not sure you can get that capability for much less than that.

    I think this is about as low as I'd go for a combo machine:


    http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-J...er-Combo/G0675


    Thanks,

    Bill
    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 12-27-2008 at 03:35 PM.

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    Except for space saving considerations, methinks buying to different machines would be the best decision. And, those would (could) probably come to about the same money.

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