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Help Wanted: Jointer and Planer Recommendations — 2 Comments

  1. On May 20, 2020, at 16:24, Louis Fiorucci wrote:

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    There are several manufacturers that make powered wood working tools. Many to choose from, ranging from portable to stationary units.

    It is important to consider what type of woodworking you wish to do. If you have a broad range of interest, then it is best to buy a machine that can meet the needs.

    Jointer:

    I purchased an 8” bed jointer with 4 individual knives back in 1992. The import company was on the West Coast and the manufacturer was “Transpower” of Taiwan. Excellent machine, and documentation is great.

    Planer:

    I purchased an 16” bed planer with 3 individual knives back in 1992. The import company was on the West Coast and the manufacturer was “Transpower” of Taiwan. Excellent machine, and documentation is great.

    Heads UP:

    If you buy machines with individual blades, keeping the blades sharp is a key factor in quality preparation of your wood work pieces. I use a wet grinding wheel sharpener made by Tormek. The Swiss unit is not cheap, but highly accurate to make razor (scalpel) sharp blades to you jointer/planer units. Grizzly sell a comparable unit for a few hundred $ , while the Tormek is $800 + (with accessories).

    Back then, I don’t recall if the helical cutter heads for each machine were available, but I am giving consideration to upgrading both machines.

    Transpower may have been taken over by another company ??, or may be out of business.

    I have a friend in Frederick who bought a portable worktable planer unit made by DeWalt. He likes the unit.

    Other Equipment:

    A few years ago I upgraded from a 14” bandsaw to a Grizzly 19” 3HP unit. Tracking is exceptionally good, and power is plentiful. Made in Taiwan for Grizzly.

    About the same time, I took a chance and purchased a 10” bandsaw for wooden toys and parts that I make. Surprisingly, the Rikon was well made, tracking excellent, and documentation thorough. Although the unit was made in China, it appears that oversight and adherence to specs/manufacturing was very good.

    Happy Shopping & Do Your Homework

    Lou

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