It seems to me that a jointer is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. When I
look back at tools I have bought before, I often wonder why I didn't buy
better quality or bigger equipment from the beginning. Therefore, now that I
am looking at buying a jointer, I feel tempted to go for an 8" machine
rather than smaller.
On the other hand, I do wonder if it will be more than I would ever
use. It seems also that if you make a mistake and hit a nail, those 8"
knives will be worth a lot more to replace. With this being a small market
tool, resale value of a bigger device would probably not match up as will
with purchase price. Certainly you pay lots more for the extra couple of
inches. I don't yet have any significant hands-on experience and therefore
would definitely be a newbie to that tool.
Any ideas out there? Can you do almost as much on a 6" machine as an 8"?
It does not matter what can be done. Read your second sentence. If you buy
the 6", you will always wonder if you should have bought the 8". You may
not need it for years and all of a sudden, you have a 7" board and you will
kick yourself in the ass for not buying the 8". Avoid the grief and get it
Actually yes. In this case, the OP is wavering and has not made a purchase
yet. Why spend $300 to $500 and in a few weeks think you should have gone
another way? I've done this in the past myself. I know now to buy what I
really want rather that settle for second place.
Get the 8" or bigger
I bougtht new 6" Powermatic last year .. the long bed won out over the extra
width. Of course now they have 8" long bed now thinking of selling to up
grade. Most wood I buy is 6-8 inch wide when I need to face joint I would
prefer to face joint them whole width rather than rough ripping then face
Are you buying it to use, or to sell?
The incremental cost of the knives is comparable to that of the 8" jointer
over the 6".
Get the largest decent machine you can afford.
Sorry for the abrupt tone, but it's the wife's birthday and I'm pressed for
I started with an inexpensive 6" and moved to a Grizzly Go500 after the
cheapo tried to maim me. Go with the 8" and reasonable quality. The
knives aren't that much more expensive (roughly proportional to the
difference in size) nor are sharpening expenses. As you say "a jointer
is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase" (well, twice for me) so do it right
the first time.
On Sat, 07 Aug 2004 14:09:16 GMT, "Dave"
Why ? My jointer was very much cheaper than the cost of the workshop
it's sitting in. If I ever find myself with the _space_ for a bigger
jointer, then I wouldn't hesitate to replace it.
I also don't have many 6"-7" boards to work on that won't fit a 6"
jointer but will fit a 8" jointer. I'm quite happy to keep my 6"
jointer around for edge jointing, but if I want something bigger for
use as a surface planer, then I'd go straight to 12".
Greetings and Salutations...
On Sat, 07 Aug 2004 18:34:47 +0200, Juergen Hannappel
Well, at least here in America, the likelihood
of finding a stone in a board seems to be pretty low. I have
never had that happen, actually...although I have found bullets,
nails, barbed wire and the occasional horseshoe (all metal). THe
bullets are not a problem, of course, as lead is pretty soft.
However the nails and other chunks of harder metal are a bitter
pill if not caught BEFORE running through the thickness planer/
On Sat, 07 Aug 2004 14:09:16 GMT, "Dave"
| It seems to me that a jointer is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. When I
|look back at tools I have bought before, I often wonder why I didn't buy
|better quality or bigger equipment from the beginning. Therefore, now that I
|am looking at buying a jointer, I feel tempted to go for an 8" machine
|rather than smaller.
I'll join the chorus; buy the bigger one.
I got my 6" Woodtek as a retirement gift from my employer. At the
time (before Walmart) that was the biggest company in the world and
they needed the money for executive bonuses, so my 30 years were only
worth $400. Otherwise, if I had my druthers, I would have at least an
| On the other hand, I do wonder if it will be more than I would ever
|use. It seems also that if you make a mistake and hit a nail, those 8"
|knives will be worth a lot more to replace. With this being a small market
|tool, resale value of a bigger device would probably not match up as will
|with purchase price. Certainly you pay lots more for the extra couple of
|inches. I don't yet have any significant hands-on experience and therefore
|would definitely be a newbie to that tool.
Don't plane wood containing nails and it's a non-issue.
| Any ideas out there? Can you do almost as much on a 6" machine as an 8"?
Yes...but, when the board is 7" wide, almost doesn't count.
Only three things to consider.
Are you ever going to want to joint a board wider than 6"?
If not, no need for the 8".
Got the space for it?
Got the Geld?
You can joint the occasional board wider than 6" on a six inch jointer.
It's a kludge but satisfactory results can be had. It's not almost
like having and 8" er but satisfactory results can be had.
If your short on the space or the Geld and only occasionally
want to joint a wider board, go for the 6".
Otherwise, every one of us with a 6" jointer and enough space and enough
Geld plans on springing for a bigger jointer some day and more or less
wishes they'd bit the bullet and done it up front.
Edwin Pawlowski wrote:
I take is it depends on what you plan on doing with it. if you only build
bird houses, a 6" is plenty, small furniture, again a 6" is probably enough.
If you plan on planning long boards over 6" wide, get a 8".
I see you already have had quite a few replies on this one. To tell the
truth I'm not even going to look at them. Not because I think they may
be screwed up or not worth looking at but because this is one of those
"matter of personal choice things" where almost any answer is viable.
First lets get rid of that hit a nail thing. A jointer is a tool not a
precious collectors item. Shit happens and if you have a need for the
tool you bear with the occasional ding or two. If you're going to worry
about something like that you really don't need the tool and if you have
it you might as well put a glass case around it so you can sit and
admire it in the quiet of the evenings.
4", 6", 8", 24" jointer, it doesn't matter. What is your requirements.
If you are gluing up lots and lots of big panels all the time you want
to do it as efficiently as possible and that means making them of the
widest board you can run over the jointer, which, in turn, means the
biggest jointer you can afford.
If you are doing jewelry boxes all the time or maybe have to glue up a
panel once a month why spend the money. The climb in price as you get to
bigger jointer is really drastic.
Which jointer is best for you now and in the future. Good question but
certainly not one I can answer for you.
I don't think I've ever hit a nail or even any grit with my jointer -
I filter them out with the thickness planer first. By the time I go
near the jointer, the boards are pretty clean.
Gritty bark is another use for the hand planer. I don't care what I
hit with that thing.
(Friend of mine once had a mouse nest under his jointer head - you
don't want to know the rest)
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