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What's the advantage of floor model jointer vs table top?

I'm curious about the advantage of a floor type jointer versus a table top or portable jointer. If I don't need the all-in-one jointer/planer, do I need a floor style jointer?
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Size matters .......

The length of the tables is the main difference and the longer the tables, the longer the material you can accurately joint. Mass is another difference and the heavier floor models will vibrate less and give cleaner, smoother cuts. Power may be a third difference, since all the bench top models I'm aware of have a AC/DC motor and the floor models have a 120/220 v induction motor.




That doesn't mean a bench top won't do 75% of a small shop's needs. But, it may or may not. Shorter lengths than the outfeed table are about the limit. Here's why. A jointed surface will be straight and flat as long as it's supported along it's length on a straight and flat table. When the end of the material is longer, it will not be supported, droop down and now the cutter will start removing a different amount of material from the center. Starting with a curved board will result in ending with a curved board. This is why woodworkers ask "Why does my jointer make curved boards?"
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Woodnthings, thank you for the explanations, much appreciated!
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I'm curious about the advantage of a floor type jointer versus a table top or portable jointer. If I don't need the all-in-one jointer/planer, do I need a floor style jointer?

Im not sure what you mean by an all-in-one jointer/planer but perhaps an explanation of the function of each machine will help.

A prime function of a jointer is to straighten an edge or face of a board. They also are used to make the edge of a board 90 degrees to the face.

A planer is used to make two sides of a board parallel to each other.

Both machines are used to make stock perfectly flat and square.

The advantage of a floor type jointer over a tabletop unit is the floor unit has longer infeed and outfeed tables making it easier to handle longer material.


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[QUOTE=DavidR8;2075003]Im not sure what you mean by an all-in-one jointer/planer but perhaps an explanation of the function of each machine will help.

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Perhaps a link to such a machine may help those not aware they exist:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027W4488...interplaner-20
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Im not sure what you mean by an all-in-one jointer/planer but perhaps an explanation of the function of each machine will help.



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Perhaps a link to such a machine may help those not aware they exist:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0027W4488...interplaner-20


Ahh gotcha.
That makes total sense. Basically two machines in the same footprint sharing a cutterhead.


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