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post #21 of 28 Old 11-07-2019, 10:30 PM
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Just my 2 cents...
Few months ago, I was in the same boat as you are now. I bought a planer. I was sure this will suffice and I won't need anything else :) Then I found out what jointer does and I bought the very same pictured above 8" Cutech Teflon jointer and I love it ! A week ago I bought few 4x4s at Menards and run them on the jointer, then planer, then you really see what equipment does what. If you can afford, or your CC can afford :) buy jointer as well.

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I would definitely go with the planer first. while there are work arounds to fairly prepare to edges for joining, it is difficult to make the two pieces to be joined flat and the same thickness without a planer. Also excellent choice of planer, I have one and have really asked more of it than I should have at times, it just keeps on going like the energizer bunny.
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Another vote for the planer first! If you have a table saw you can make a jig to joint edges, and if you buy nice quality wood that isn't twisted or badly bowed along its length you often don't need to joint the face of your boards. And even if you do you can build a sled to do that wit the planer. Or you can do what I do and use hand planes - no 7 for jointing edges and a scrub plane for jointing faces when necessary. Plus with a planer you don't have to make every part of your projects 3/4" all the time. You can do 1/2" drawer sides and back boards, 1/4" draweror small box parts, 7/8" parts from 4/4 stock if you want. I've had just a planer, bandsaw, and hand tools for the last 3 years and I don't see myself adding any more equipment.
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Thank you all for the good advice. I ended up ordering the planer and stand.
The stand showed up a day early and I just finished putting it together and had it sitting in the opening of my garage when the UPS guy showed up with the planer.
He said. "where would you like this sir?"
Right on top of this nice new Dewalt stand.

Man is that thing beautiful. Can't wait to see it spit out some wood.
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Congratulations !
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post #26 of 28 Old 11-09-2019, 04:55 AM
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The decision has already been made!

Originally Posted by josef-bakr View Post
I believe purchasing will depend upon the space available, nature of the work, purchasing procedure and budget you can afford to make this purchase. Being a little realistic we all know that both planer and Jointer are necessarily required in a work shop. As these tools are expensive so its difficult to keep both of them. when you have to decide between planer and jointer i will suggest planer, you will be able to accomplish on its own than you can with a jointer.

See post 24 where the OP has just received the planer.

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I have a planner, I've had it for several years. I've been looking for a jointer.

You will want a jointer sometime in the future.

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Like has been said, you really need both especially if you are starting with rough lumber. Since you said you buy S4S and assuming you are careful not to get the twisted stuff a planer offers something that is more difficult to do than just straightening an edge. A table saw and a jig will do a respectable job of straightening an edge. You can sort of resaw to a set thickness on the TS. A bandsaw works better. Avoid twisted lumber on the table saw, major cause of kick backs. It takes some time to become competent with a plane but they are very nice tools. At one time I used my jack-of-all-trades plane & a shooting board to get very nice straight edges. Small jointers only work well for short work. They are of little value for most facing operations, too little power and too short. Watch out for the sales terms like "long bed" & spiral. On a spiral cutter the cutting edge of the blade will not be parallel with the axis of the head. If it is you have a stager instead. Still work better than a straight knife but not as good as a spiral. You can buy replacement inserts in many carbide "grades" Commonly C1 thru C4. 4 being harder and also more likely to chip or break. You can also get them with eased corners that make them less likely to show any lines on the work. The more rows of knives the better. I've had a PM 6", didn't like it. A PM 8" with a "safety head", liked it a lot. And a 16" Crescent that I had Blanchard ground & still have. Facing a wide board on a 16" jointer can seem a bit intimidating at first. Be safe!
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