Wood Planers and Jointers

I do a little bit of cabinet making and such in my garage for myself and family members. I'm looking for a planer and a jointer. Can anyone give me some recommendations on these around 300-400 dollars apiece. I've looked at the Delta 22-580 and Jet 708521 JWP-12DX planers. Haven't looked at jointers much yet. I don't have a vac system yet so I would like one that will operate well without until I do have one. I'm new at this and would like some recommendations from people with experience.
Thanks, Tony
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some of the lunchbox planers are within your budget. see if you can get a used 6" cast iron bed jointer.
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Take a look at Grizzly jointers. http://www.grizzly.com/products/mach-specs-pdfs.cfm?keyE0 I just got the G1182HW and it's sweet. Reasonably priced @ $375.00.
I also own a Jet JPM-13 Planer/Molder. Great for planing and also you can get custom knives made for it to mill mouldings.
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I heartily recomment DeWalt DW735 13" Planer--I've had one since last summer--very nice unit. It's a little more expensive than the other "Portable" planers at about $480, but well worth it, IMHO, for that second slower feed rate.
--Steve
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Can't speak to the Delta or Jet planers - I have a Dewalt 3 knife/2 speed job. Really like it. I've got the Jet 6" jointer and it works great. If I had to do it over again I'd get at least an 8" and longer bed.

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I would definitely check out the Yorkcraft 6" jointer. I'm a hobbiest and picked this unit up based on quite a few recommendations. I believe it is currenly selling for $339, and it comes with a built in roller base. It is supposedly made in the same factory, and is the exact same unit as the Delta model which sells for around $550, my research indicated that this was indeed true. I am very pleased with mine, I can't believe how much great use I've gotten out of it already. If you search for Wilke tools / Yorkcraft, you can find the distributor's web site. Good luck
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==============I have a ;little DeWalt single speed planner that does all that I need it for...and it has been completly troubkle free for the 4-5 years I have used it...
HOWEVER... I have been using a 6 inch Rockwell Jointer that I purchased almost 40 years ago that has "almost" done everything I needed.... so that is why I am replying...
The Rockwell has one major problem...the bed is not long enough (40 inches or so) I HONESTLY have run into bed lenght problems 1000's of times more then I have run into width (6 vs 8 in) problems...
So BUY the longest Bed Jointer you can "fit" into your shop...
BTW I run 2 Dust Collectors in my shop and the ONLY tool that I do not have, nor plan to hook up to a DC is the jointer...The HJointer produces lots of "chips" but not a lot of "dust" ...but the "chips". fall neatly into a cardboard box which sits under the bed...
Bob Griffiths
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