I think so. You pick up 1/4 HP, and you have dust collection in the base.
With the open stand, dust collection will be a nightmare on the optimistic
side, non-existent on the realistic side.
If you are not sure, check how much chips a jointer makes before your final
I fully agree. I bought the Pro model, and have never regretted it.
Ayup. Dust collection is pretty important for one of these puppies. Ran mine
once without the DC because I was too lazy to connect and turn on the DC to
joint one pass of one edge of one board. Bad decision.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
I'll throw in my disagreement here...I don't even bother hooking up
a dust collector. IMO, a jointer just produces chips - very little
dust. I just put a cardboard box at the bottom of the chute and
empty it occasionally.
I did this before I bought a DC system. The difference is night and
First of all, without suction, my jointer's dust chute occasionally
clogged with curly shavings. The operator wouldn't notice until chips
and shavings start shooting all over the place, especially on the
A second difference, and this one counts for thickness planers as
well: Suction will make sure all chips and shavings clear the tables
and the wood. In my case, stray chips and shavings would sometimes
get stuck to the workpiece, lifting the board and screwing up the
operation. Think of it as running a board through half way, and
randomly inserting feeler gauges under the outfeed. Not good.
I'm glad to hear you're not having the problem, but it sure drove me
I have looked a Delta's professional jointer, and Jet's closed stand
jointer. In my opinion the Jet is a better machine.
You may also want to check out the customer reviews of each jointer on
Amazon.com. They both get about the same score, but if you do some reading
the complaints of the Jet machine are fairly petty compared to the
complaints on the Delta jointer.
ool Crib in my area is having a sale in November. I plan on having a closed
stand Jet follow me home!
For reviews of tools I have used this site and like the simplicity...
Just click on "Tool Survey" and then "Search the Tool Survey..." I did a
quick search for Delta 6" jointers and there were 18 reviews. Hope this
My Delta (non-cabinet type) has a chute the has a connection set up for a 4"
dust collection hose. Works great. I don't know if the extra HP is worth
it. I guess it depends on what you are going to use it for. It probably
has better bearings etc.
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