(Sadly) I own one. It was dirt cheap ($169? a long time ago) and it way
better than nothing. The 7"knives from HF were useless, and I have not been
able to locate any other supplier of 7's. I am currently running it with 6"
So, It's really a 6. :-(
Rule of thumb for board length to bed length is a jointer will correctly and
easily joint a board up to one and one half times the length of it's table.
They will do longer but it takes some dicking around.
There is no rule of thumb for width of blade/bed. If you can't figure out by
yourself whether a 6" or 8" jointer will meet your needs you probably
shouldn't be playing with sharp instruments anyway.
================I have not read any of the replies to your question YET...but I can tell you
I have owned a Rockwell 6 inch jointer for close to 40 years now... AND I
will tell you that I have given it a heck of a lot of use over the years....
I VALUE BED LENGHT over cutter width...
My Rockwell has a pretty short bed...maybe 40 inches or so...and that short
lenght has given me 1000 times more problems then being limited to a 6 inch
I make a lot of tables, desks, etc..and I do a lot of glue ups for tops
etc..and in mist cases I limit the width of a board to about 4 to 5 inches
in width anyway....
MAYBE ..and this is a true statement...in the 40 years I have owned this
jointer I wished I had purchased an 8 inch jointer less then a dozen
times... BUT even making that statement if I were to buy a new jointer today
and the bed lenghts were equal I would buy an 8 in jointer and limit the
width of my boards I use to glue up a table top to
4 inches or so... Just to save time...
GET the Longest BED you can find...
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