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14 Mar. 2012

Jet 12 jointer planer combo,french woodwork by design,pergola designs attached house - PDF Review

First, a bit of background: Before I bought this machine, I was using a 6” Grizzly Jointer and a Ridgid 13” lunchbox planer. I estimate that an 8” jointer would handle 60% of all the lumber I typically buy, a 10” jointer would handle 85%, and a 12” jointer 98%. With a combination machine, you use the same head for both jointing and planing, meaning you only pay for the helical head once.
There are many good combination machines available, but in my price category, there are only two real choices: The Grizzly G0634Z (which replaces the G0634) and the JET JJP-12HH.
The jointer uses a European style guard, which is quite different from the “pork chop” guard.
I was disappointed with the workmanship and even more disappointed with the performance and most disappointed with the lack of help from Jet. I am getting ready to buy a 12″ combo machine and have been looking at Jet, Grizzly and Laguna.

I planed a variety of species (QS red oak, FS white oak, Purpleheart, Hard Maple, QS Sycamore and QS beech) just to see how it would handle different grain patterns.
There is a little “give” if you push hard against the top of the machine, but it doesn’t move at all, even when jointing large, wide boards with some force. The machine comes with 10 replacement inserts, although for some reason the little plastic box I received only had 5. I think JET has found a real sweet spot here, offering features normally found on much more expensive machines, and in a very compact form at that. And it doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy a jointer with a carbide helical head but use ordinary knives in the planer.
In the end, I decided against the Grizzly for two reasons: First, the fence on the Grizzly must be removed from the machine before switching to planer mode . I don’t plan to move this machine more than once a year (if that), so instant mobility was not high on the list of requirements (raising the feed requires getting down and dirty to move the turn wheels on the casters).

This is because the dust collection chute must be flipped between modes, and the planer table has to be 7” below the cutterhead for that. Second, the machine is almost a foot wider (deeper) than the JET because of the rack-and-pinion fence system. The only way I could come close to these results would be with fresh knives and feeding the boards at an angle. If I had a separate joiner and planer, I’d probably spend the same time wheeling each machine into position.

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