This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
Date: Mon, 28 Sep 1992 13:37:30 -0800
I was looking at small jointers (with similar criteria to yours) about 9
Sears sells the same little jointer as AMT (they even have a smaller one too)
you can go see one very easily.
I didn't get one; but, They don't look bad except the out feed table IS
NOT ADJUSTABLE. The motor is rated at about 5 amps, which should be just fine
for edge jointing; but, a bit wimpy for serfiacing a piece of 4" wide oak.
I ended up refurbishing and old craftsman 4" jointer. After I cleaned it up I
mounted it to a piece of 3/4" plywood with an 8 amp moter, an old fan belt and
a home made belt guard. It works supprisingly well, doesn't take up much room
and if the whole thing were lighter it would qualify a portable.
The old jointer came with an adjustable out feed table. It didn't seem very
important; but, I wouldn't be able to adjust it for a really accurate cut
with out it.
Harbor freight has a cast iron 4" jointer for about $190 (including motor and
shipping). I believe it has all the adjustments and controls of a standard 6"
jointer. You might want to consider it.