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Hello all,
Iam in the market for a Jointer, and iam more of a Hobbyist as of now but love to build, and someday may take it to the next step? But my qustion is On jointers 6" or 8" what are the pro's and con's, also iam pretty sure iam going with a Stand alone Model, rather than a bench top.


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6": 1) Cost 2) mobility 3) takes up less floor space 4) sufficient size for just about all edge jointing and 99% of most face jointing.
8": 1) Longer out feed table, can joint longer stock 2) Usually a more powerful motor than 6" 3) Will face joint wider stock 4) Heavier, less vibration

If cost and space are not a factor I'd go with an 8". In my case both are factors which is why I have a 6" and there have only been a couple of times I wish I had an 8. Then again, there have been times when I wished I had a 16".
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I have got by over the last twelve years with my delta 6". If and when I can get a grand together to spend on a tool I will buy a grizzly 8" with a spiral head. I work with wide stock more now than ever and I would really prefer a 12" but I could never afford it.
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A 6" jointer will suit you fine. If you have the money for the 8", even better.

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With the use of a sled and wedges, I flatten 12" stock in my lunch box planer. IMHO, an 8" jointer has but one advantage over a 6", that being bed length. That problem I solve with outfeed and infeed rollers.
Again, JMO, unless you are doing production work, purchasing an 8" jointer relieves you of financial resources that could be used more effectively.

Of course, YMMV!

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I have a 6 inch and it serves me fine. There are times that I could use an 8 inch but I can't justify the cost right now. The pros and cons have already been mentioned. You say your just a hobbyist, I would think a 6 inch would be good enough depending on what you are planning on building. Like mentioned if money isn't an object then the bigger is better in this situation, if money is an object I would think a 6" would be fine and then you can use the saved money to buy other tools/machines. Your thinking is good about not getting a bench top model, they are alright but the stand alones are heavier and more stable and have a bigger table to get truer boards and they have a stronger motor.

Thanks for your help
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spiral head is this somethng that just comes on the 8", iam probably going to go with a 6" As Money is real tight for us all right now. I have looked on CL without much luck, So iam probably go to wait and see whats at the show next week (Peachtree Woodworking show In Indy), But iam sure most of them will be out of my price range, its nice to shop and Dream. Thanks guys for the Replys, this place is almost better than shooping? oh what are some brands that would be good, I looked at the Craftmans 6" And the Delta 6" those seem to be the most prev ones at the Box stores.
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Jointers are such simple contraptions that I wouldn't fear buying a good branded one off CL. Inspect if you can. Insure bed coplanar, fence adjustment, bed movement. Take a straight edge that will reach from the infeed bed, across the length of the out feed, and take a good square to check the fence to bed squareness. Most good jointers have a way to adjust the bed(s). But, you need to check the flatness of each, as well as whether infeed and out feed can be adjusted to the same plane. Check out the motor, of course.

No doubt, if you buy used you'll need to sharpen or replace the cutters.
When you get money ahead, here is a place that makes spiral cutters for 6" jointers. The even have one for my 36 year old Craftsman 6". Which, BTW, is a great old tool!

http://www.byrdtool.com/jointers.html

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