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70 Re: Under $500 6" Jointers

From: kwi@INEL.GOV (Keith Wickham)
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 92 21:36:48 GMT

I just purchased a Woodtek jointer. The list price was $395, but I got a
check for $39.50 as a refund. I choose it because I liked the fence design
better than the Delta. I choose it over the other imports based on weight,
motor size, and price.

This jointer requires considerable assembly time. The manual is a poor
english translation and does not exactly match the current model. The
on/off switch was not installed at the factory and took a lot of time
because I put it in wrong the first time. The pulleys for the belt would
not line up until I realized the cylinder pulley was on backwards. The
adapter for a dust collector does not fit properly, but I do not have a
dust collector anyway. Allow about 4 hours to set the jointer up.

My test on a piece of oak was great. It took the bow out of the board in
just a few passes. The knives were sharp and evenly set in the cylinder at
the factory. The surface of the wood was as smooth as I have ever seen
a jointer produce. There seems to be one flaw in the design, it dumped more
chips out under the infeed table than went out the chip chute. I really
need to invest in a dust collection system.




 

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