Jointer Knife Setting Jigs - worth it or not?


I'm curious if there is any consensus on the use of the magnetic jointer knife setting jigs? Are they helpful? Worth $50 for the metal-bodied one? Or $30 for the plastic one?
I have a Delta 37-190 jointer, BTW.
Thanks!
ps: search Amazon look for Delta Magna-Set or Woodstock Jointer Pal to see these items
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On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:22:46 -0500, No Spam

Howdy,
I use an Hitachi Jointer-Planer that came with a set of magnetic jigs set in plastic.
They make the knife setting chore trivial. Accurate setting takes only moments, and there is no feeling that "I wish I had just a few more hands..."
Beyond that, I don't know what to advise.
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On Thu, 18 Aug 2005 11:22:46 -0500, No Spam wrote:

How about $3 for piece of hardboard, a few rare earth magnets, and a little glue? Use a forstner bit to drill a hole a little deeper than the magnets are thick.
At least, that is what the cheapskate in me does.
Ken
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That's what I made and have used for years now.
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Ken wrote:How about $3 for piece of hardboard, a few rare earth magnets, and a little glue?
Ditto. Tom
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I have the jointer pal and really like it. I got it because I got tired of two hour knife setting sessions. They say with practice it gets easire, but it didn't for me. The knives would slip as I was tightening them down. With the Jointer Pal I haven't had any problems. Knife changes take about ten minutes. I hope that helps. BC
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I have the Jointer-Pal (plastic variant). Works great for me. I didn't see a need for the more expensive metal bodied. The plastic does the job, you just have to be a little more careful looking after it.
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About 10 years ago, I got one of the composite magna-sets -- turned out it was completely useless as it was defective (warped or twisted, I forget which). Took it back and after fussing with the blades went back and got the metal magna set. After 10 years, the original cost is only a distant memory and changing blades is a snap.
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