Which one?


I am interested in getting a jointer. I have narrowed it down to two different models. One is from Jet, the other is a King Industrial. Both are around the same price but one has a 1.5HP motor and the other only 1HP. Does 0.5HP make a huge difference in a jointer?
You can check them out here,
The Jet is a JJ6-CSX which does not appear on the web this is the JJ6-CS
http://www.wmhtoolgroup.com/index.cfm?area=shop&action tail&iid904
The King can be found here,
http://www.kingcanada.com/Products.htm?CD 3&ID
Any help would be appreciated.
Lars
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50% more HP will make a difference when flattening the face of a 6" wide hardwood board. I would also consider one with a longer bed if you have the room. The longer bed will make it easier to get good results with normal 8' long boards.

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As to the bed length thing. I use a cheapy craftsman that I got for free not a terribly long bed. I haven't found it to be an issue as I rarely joint something more than 3' long. If I need a really long piece to be straight (all I can think of is for a bed rail maybe) I would try to buy a piece from the lumber store that was straight enough to use. I just don't find a frequent need for a huge jointer. Notably I don't build cabinets maybe that is where you would need that kind of functionality. As far as horsepower goes it all depends on your expectations. If you are straightening a lot of rough twisted up wide boards the extra will probably be notable as you will want to take a pretty good bite per pass. If on the other hand you deal mostly in smaller stock and don't expect to need to remove lots of wood per pass then you will probably never see a difference.
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Do you buy 3' long pieces from the lumber yard often? Naturally a 3' long jointer will handle 3' long boards very well. But I believe most people that buy a jointer do so to straighten boards 8' or longer. If most of the wood that I bought was 3' or shorter I think I would make room in my shop by getting rid of the jointer. It is very easy and perhaps faster to straighten the edge of short pieces of wood on the TS.
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Highspeed wrote:

Is the HP honestly rated on either motor?
Barry
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The difference may actually be in the motor.
1. Make sure they both have Induction motors vs Universal. You want induction if you will run this for lots of hours and most stationary equipment should be induction (IMHO).
2. HP ratings are pretty bogus these days. If they are both induction, the next thing to look at is the amps. It's not a bullet proof comparison but is usually pretty valid. More is better...basicially.
Beyond that if you can get efficiency information or know how to run the calcs on amps/watts/torque/rpm, etc. that can help in the comparison.
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This works perfectly well and you don't need to plug it in.
http://www.lie-nielsen.com/tool.html?id=8

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I have the Jet. Power (it's 1 H.P.) has never been a problem, even face jointing 6" wide lumber, although Jet recommends not trying to remove more than 1/8" per pass. My machine is set to take 1/16" at one time, and it rarely gets changed. The only problem i had was it came with a bad belt and i replaced it with a link one shortly after purchasing the machine. It's been a joy to use. --dave

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