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post #1 of 8 Old 04-20-2011, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bench Top Jointer

I am looking for a bench top jointer and need your input as I now nothing about them. Is there one brand that I should be looking at or one to stay away from? The longest board I see me doing will be about 4 feet long.
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I personally have the Sunhill SM-150B. Sadly Sunhill went out of business not long after I bought my jointer... The machine is merely a rebadged Geetech 6" Bench Top model. I am very happy with the machine even though it is a bit loud... I looked at the Craftsman (same machine, different dust port location, MUCH higher price) and the Delta (much poorer build quality, uneven tables, but it did have multi speeds which is nice...). I believe the Delta is now sold under the Porter Cable name...

If I were to do it again, considering I am dealing with cramped shop space, I might give some serious consideration to the Jet 10" combination jointer / planer machine. I have seen some really bad reviews on it, and some disarmingly honest, favorable reviews. Keep in mind what the machine is intended for, and you might just appreciate it... As long as it squares up nice, and does what it is supposed to reliably why not?

Mind you, a LOT of guys are going to try to talk you out of a bench top model. But if you are dealing with limited space, and aren't going to try to joint very long lumber, a bench top unit really is hard to beat...

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I had the Delta 6" benchtop jointer for 7 years and never had a single problem with it, other than trying to do boards that were too long. Finally broke down and bought a floor standing model and sold the little guy.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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congrats for being able to get that tool, and realizing ya need it.this stuff is what seperates you from joeblow.

i myself would look for an older mint one, but deltas have always been good to me, their switches suck but i use house switches lol
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I was going to get the bench top Delta, but my Dad wouldn't let me get it. After he saw the Rigid he said the Delta looks like a piece of junk. For about twice the price I was getting a 3 times better machine. I was glad I did-less vibration, more power, and cast iron tables, etc.
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Looking at the grizzly G0612 6" x 24" Bench Top Jointer anyone have any input?
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Don't forget the used market and CL. You can come across great deals on jointers simply because people don't know how to care for them (i.e. sharpen or replace blades). I see them all the time for right around $100 or so for good Craftsman and Delta units.

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I like the G0612 myself. Keep in mind what most of the folks are saying here is recommending that you go with a floor model instead of a bench top. That advice isn't unfounded, but also keep in mind your needs, not someone else's opinions. If you don't have the space for a floor model, you don't have the space, so buying one won't help you at all. I keep wanting a floor model 8" jointer, but I would have to keep it in the living room if I got one, and my wife won't like that...

The model you mention has some nice features, specifically the cast iron tables, and fence. My Sunhill has cast tables, but the fence is aluminum which is not my ideal, but I can live with it.

IF I had to replace my jointer today, I would most likely pick up that Grizzly you mention. The bench top Delta / Porter Cable machine just seems really poorly made to me...

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