I need to move up from my Delta 12" planer to one with something more
to it. (I have about 1000 b.f. of old growth oak barnboards to plane
down) I'm thinking about the Jet JPM-13.
Anyone have anything good bad or indifferent to say about it? How long
have you had it? How much wood have you run through it? Would you buy
it again? What would you change about it?
I have several Jet pieces (TS, BS, jointer), but not their planer. I have
the DW735. The Jet got mediocre reviews a year or two ago by one of the
magazines. They liked the Delta 22-580 back then. I'm pretty sure I saw
*another* planer review in one of this months magazines, with the Jet
included. I didn't read it - since I already have the DeWalt.
I *think* it's an OK planer, but there are better designs out there now.
Seems to be about the same as the old Foley-Belsaw.
http://benchmark.20m.com/reviews/JetJPM13/jet_jpm13_planer.html in the for
what it's worth department.
Personally, I'd go iron with bed rollers and a nice iron serrated infeed,
which will make feeding rough stock a hell of a lot nicer. In that area,
you've got a lot of 15" options. I'm a Rockwell/Invicta 13" type, the
granddaddy of the moveable motors, and in a small shop, it's nice to adjust
things for a constant feed height.
I've had one for several years. I also have the older (but not really old)
style Delta "lunchbox" planer. The Jet works great as a moulding machine,
though you do need to make a jig for feeding the stock through.
Changing/aligning knives isn't exactly quick and easy, but not
too onerous. The planer knives can stay in if you use smaller
moulding knives. Changing the gearing is relatively quick; maybe
about 5 minutes or so at most.
I've done a reasonable amount of moulding with it. I would definitely
buy it again (a power feed makes for much nicer moulding than using
a router in a table, for example). I bought the open stand version and
am glad I did, since the shelf makes for handy storage.
I haven't used it so much for planing. I keep that for those times
when I need extremely sharp knives. It's a fine planer, though; definitely
more robust than the portable variety.
BTW, the knives Grizzly sells for their planer/moulder also fit
just fine in the Jet and are much cheaper.
I've had mine for about 2.5 years. It gets used a fair bit (I do
commissioned furniture pieces, plus stuff for our house)- I'd guess a
couple of thousand linear feet, primarily of maple, cherry and walnut.
I've changed the blades once, and need to do it again, soon. I've had no
problems, handles 12+ inch hard maple no problem--although the shavings
from maple tend to clog the dust hood. I find it a solid machine that fit
my needs (small shop and no real room for a 15" planer).
I've had on for about 5 years now, and run everything from 12" red oak for
an entryway to 1/4" stock (on a sled) for small boxes. I haven't used it as
a molder, but have seen it done, and the changeover is very easy for smaller
knives. I believe that anything less than 2" wide can be used without
removing the planer knives. All in all, I've been very happy with it, and
would buy it again.
I've had a closed stand version with the infeed and outfeed rollers for 3.5
years. I had a Dewalt 733 prior to that and find the Jet to be far superior
in terms of power and volume. I also like the fact that it has it's own
stand with built in wheels so that it can be rolled out of the way easily. I
leave the feed speed set to the slower speed all the time as it's fast
enough for my needs. If I were trying to make a living with it I'd probably
run it at high speed most of the time! I don't know how much wood has been
through it but I've run maple, oak, fir, pine, and plywood through it with
good results. I'd buy it again.
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