This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Mark Williams)
Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1992 18:21:27 GMT
I have the Ryobi JP-155. It is perfect for my small shop, light and easy
to move to and from storage. It is definitely a compromise, with a shorter
table, noisy universal motor and no rabbeting capability. If you are doing
lots of cabinetry, you might want a stationary jointer with a quieter
induction motor, longer table and rabbeting capability. The surfaces I
get are extremely smooth and true enough for me.
The variable speed feature of the Ryobi is worthless, I leave it on high
(16,000 RPM). It was a little difficult to get new blades for it.
I called several major mail-order shops and was told three weeks.
I found them in stock locally at CB Tools in Fremont, Ca for $28.
If I had a bigger shop and used the jointer more, I'd get a 6" Delta.
Everybody I've heard likes them, you can get parts and they have great
resale value. They are made in Taiwan, like many others.
There is one more option, the Hitachi planer with jointer attachment.
It's a suberb planer and jointer by all accounts, and somewhat
compact. If I were looking for both a planer and jointer, that might
be my choice.