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    Comments on combo jointer/planers

    I was intrigued by the FWW story on combos. It seems they would answer a lot of my problems: wider jointer, longer beds, floor space savings. I would any personal experiences about the concept and paricular brands.

    Frosty

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    welcome to family woodworking jerry! i don`t use combos but am very happy with the minimax tools i own....if you want to speak to a down to earth sales guy call dain kirkpatrick, he`s a member here and a straight shooter....tod
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    Jerry,

    I to would suggest a discussion with Dain from MiniMax. He is a great guy and is very knowledgeable when it comes to the subject. Good luck and welcome.

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    I have lots of opinions on combo's as I own a 16" j/p. As far as I am concerned there is only one country to buy a combo from, Italy. I happened to choose Minimax/SCM and have been more than happy. What are you looking for? Are you familiar with the costs/benefits/drawbacks with these machines?

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    Paul

    Thanks for the response. I currently prepare raw materials with a 6" Jet jointer (I like it and particularly the HD fence) but, obviously I don't like slicing up good boards to flatten them. They then go to a DeWalt 735 planer. It's a good combo but I would like to do better.

    The FWW review of combos opened my eyes. A 12" jointer! Wow. And a longer bed plus I gain some real estate which is in short supply. I have a Laguna 14" bandsaw but don't know much about MiniMax. Incidently, MM reduced the price $800 after the FWW story.

    Jerry

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    Jerry,
    Take a look at this

    http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=33381

    I tried to do my best at explaining my 16" J/P....

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    paul, those of us no longer welcome on smc can`t see the pics
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    Jerry,
    I've been using a Hammer A31 (the 12" model) for well over a year. It's been a fine machine for me. I got, and recommend, extension tables for the jointer and the planer outfeed, as well as a digital readout for setting planer thickness. I thought the Hammer was a better value than the machine made in the country that makes Fiats. With the price reduction on the MM the choice might be a tossup now.

    If you are considering a slot mortiser, that attachment works great too. (However, if you tend to do smaller-scale work, a Festool Domino is a bit cheaper than the slot mortiser.)

    The 12" width has been adequite since wider boards are getting to be rare. But, as always, if money is a minor issue, wider is always better. Stepping up from 6" to 12" jointing capibility is a huge advantage.

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