This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: email@example.com (Kevin Kelley)
Date: 22 Jan 92 15:49:04 GMT
Partly because of the recommendation in WOOD, I purchased a JP-155 some months
ago. I have been moderately satisfied. It produces a very smooth surface.
The dust/chip collection is excellent when the shopvac is hooked up. The tool
is light and easily portable and seems to have adequate power. Workmanship of
the tool looks OK to me.
The fence is much too small ( height and length :-( ).
The infeed table is bare aluminum and is more subject to damage (I think).
It is -very- loud (especially when I have my shopvac hooked up and running).
The bed is too short for smooth joining of longer stock.
Potential limitation: Only the infeed table is adjustable for height and the
adjustment has what I would term "a fair amount of slop".
If you're going to be joining smaller stock and portability is important then
I'd have few qualms about recommending the JP-155. However, make sure you have
a set of "ear protectors".
If you're going to be joining longer stock (like I tend to) then I'd look
elsewhere; perhaps to the Grizz or a Jet.
If I had it to do all over again, I'd get the 6" Grizz or Jet.