I see lots of comments from people that they'd like to have a longer
jointer, but don't necessarily need a wider one. So why don't manufacturers
make 6" jointers with the same bed length as today's 8" jointers?
- Owen -
My 6" Powermatic 54A's bed length is only 10" shorter overall than the DJ-20
8", and the outfeed tables are the same length on both machines, 32".
That is not to say that the extra width and length does not make the DJ-20 a
more useful machine, but the 54A is a pretty fair compromise when it comes
to utility and the amount of storage space the machine takes up in a small
I used to think of my shop as "small" ... I now realize, at least for how
much I do in it, it is actually "tiny". Still count it as a blessing, tho.
On Sun, 6 Mar 2005 14:35:28 -0500, "Owen Lawrence"
The Powermatic is well made, by the accounts I have seen. But I find
it interesting that there are 8" jointers on the market that can be
had for a similar cost.
FWIW, some people swear by the 8" over the 6" width (Tage Frid, for
example). I suppose it does depend a lot on what kind of woodworking
projects you do, whether you will miss the extra 2".
I've got the 6" PM and today I could have used the 8. AAMOF, I could
have used an 8 yesterday too... Anyway, with 4/4 material about 8"
wide, I can run it through the planer (18" piece of oak is sufficiently
stiff that it isn't about to bend under pressure from the rollers)
without ending up with non parallel faces. I took light cuts and miked
it when done--perfect. If the raw stock wasn't of reasonably even
thickness, of course I'd have been out of luck.
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