This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Larry Meadows)
Date: 12 Sep 88 18:37:41 GMT
In article <405@ra>, levay@stsci.EDU (Zoltan Levay) writes:
> I am looking for opinions on jointers. I am thinking about buying
> a 6" jointer on a fairly limited budget.
Unless you are in a major hurry I'd advise a used one. You should
be able to find a delta for under $400 used. I bought an old
6" jointer, not sure of the brand but very heavy castings and straight
tables, for $200, found a used motor for $20, bought pulleys & belt
& build a stand for around $30, for a total cost of $250; its at least
as good as a new delta (made in Brazil now) & probably better than
grizzly. I'd be real wary of taiwanese stuff on something like a jointer
since stability and flatness of the castings are so critical.
> [...] Does anyone have experience with the Hitachi
> jointer/planer combination machine? I know at ~$1500 it's not exactly
> cheap, but it is an attractive idea.
Fine woodworking had a review on these a year or two ago. As I recall
the author liked the Hitachi and the Makita about equally well.
As you say, it isn't cheap. For a small shop you might consider
the portable Ryobi planer (there are also some clones of it around).
You can pick it up for about $350-$375 mail order and I've heard nothing
but good things about it. Again, you might also consider used. There's
an ad here for a 20" planer, no motor, american made (i forget the
brand) for $800.