OK - 6" and 8" jointers. Lots of options. I am leaning toward the Yorkcraft
8" jointer and the Delta 22-580 13" planer.
I think this will be a fine setup for what I do.
My question is really one of what is ideal.
The purpose of a jointer is two fold, making the face of a board flat so it
can then be planed to proper thickness, secondly, straightening an edge for
a tight glue up. A planer can not straighten or flatten a board with out a
sled and some finagling.
I see a lot of posts by people that talk about ripping their boards down to
something that will fit on their jointer then planning. You rarely hear of
someone ripping a board so it fits in their planer.
Why aren't 13" or larger jointers common? I would think that ideally one
would have a jointer width that matches their planner width. Lots of big
iron, I know. Cost? Room? I know there are a couple of combo machines
(Hitachi I think) that do this.
The Yorkcraft page illustrates my point perfectly
http://www.wilkemachinery.com/Yorkcraft.tpl They advertise a 6" and 8"
jointer and a 15" and 20" planer.
Buying S4S lumber doesn't guarantee you flat and if it is flat when you buy
it its quite possible its not when you go to use it.
Shouldn't we all have matching jointer and planer widths? The wider the
Ah, here we go! http://www.olivermachinery.net/machines.asp?machineB70 its
only 1750 lbs!