Here goes, my first post...
I'm in the market for a jointer and a planer. I've searched the wreck archives and googled a bunch as well. I've narrowed down the field but still have a need for opinions.
First, the jointer. It seems that the creme-de-la-creme in the 6" field is the Powermatic 54A. Long, stout, cast iron beds and quality construction throughout. Three knife cutter head and TEFC motor. However, the price tag is quite high at $799. Next down the ladder is the Jet JJ-6CSX. Shorter cast iron beds, three knife cutter head... Price $599. Further down the ladder still is the Borg Special, Ridgid JP0610. Beds approx the same length as the Jet, three knife cutter, price $350. I've come from a background where the adage was, when in doubt look at the weight. Heavy makes better. The Powermatic wins hands down. However the Ridgid and the Jet are within 20% on weight. There also are some complicating factors to this that I will get to in a minute... Obviously the Powermatic is the first choice (if money and time was not a concern, but it is). Is the benefit of the Powermatic worth saving for a few extra months to get the Powermatic? For the lower two choices, would I be crazy to consider the Borg Special? Or is the Jet that much better quality?
Second the planer. I have read many favorable reviews about the DeWalt 735. Three knife cutter, robust build, quality results, dust collection ready. Priced at $499. However, right now on Amazon, they are touting $100 off your next purchase of Powermatic, Jet or Powermax when you purchase a qualified product. If I go with one of the top two jointer choices, I could apply the discount to the planer. Jet makes a 13 inch planer, JWD-13DX and retails for $419. However, it has a 2 knife cutter head, not dust collection ready. Is the three knife cutterhead on the DeWalt worth ignoring this discount?
Comments, concerns, flames?
Thanks Matt Beginning workdorker extrodinaire