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    Hi, I'm a first-timer here, and don't know much about woodworking yet. I'm going to be working on a project with rough cut lumber (1x8 pine) and need to know what my best bet would be in an inexpensive jointer and an inexpensive planer?

    I'm thinking maybe Delta or Dewalt based on some Internet browsing, but am really not sure. Also, are the Craftsman machines any good?

    Thanks for any advice!

    Vern
    Last edited by Vernon; 07-13-2008, 09:33 PM. Reason: SP

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    Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

    Buy Ridgid for both machines, affordable quality for sure!
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    • #3
      Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

      Both the Ridgid planer and jointer will give you great value for your dollar. Other machines in the same price range will also perform just as well but you certainly can't go wrong with the Ridgid's.
      Teach your kids about taxes..........eat 30 percent of their ice cream.

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      • #4
        Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

        If you plan on face jointing those 1X8's you will need and 8" jointer or a sled for the planer.

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        • #5
          Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

          Thanks for the advice! The Ridgids are looking pretty good at this point.
          Vern

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          • #6
            Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

            and don't forget that ridgid offers the limited lifetime service agreement for all properly registered new purchase ridgid power tools.
            this link is for the warranty covering the first three years:
            http://www.ridgid.com/manuals/RIDGID3yr.pdf
            this link is for the llsa:
            http://www.ridgid.com/Manuals/RidgidLSA.pdf
            there's a solution to every problem.....you just have to be willing to find it.

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            • #7
              Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

              You're going to want a big dust collector for both tools. Jointers and planers throw chips like angry beavers! Either hook up a 4" dust collector or do the job outside and aim the chips at where you want mulch.

              The planer will have to be kept clean or the rollers won't grab the wood. This cleaning is much easier to do (and you do it less often) if you have a DC hooked up. Use mineral spirits to help remove the chips (there will be pitch sticking them to the rollers).

              Grizzly makes some good DC machines that aren't too expensive. You can sometimes find deals at HD, too.
              I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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              • #8
                Re: Which Jointer and Planer to buy?

                You can make a sled to "joint" wider boards plane in a planer and edge joint using a router and an edge guide or an offset router fence if you want to reduce costs and buy only a planer. I have a JP610 and it is a very good jointer for the $ but I would not buy a 6" jointer again as the width is too narrow, 8" would be the min. size I would buy now. As said you would need an 8" jointer unless you want to override the guard and make several passes by flipping the board.
                Used 6" jointer are usu. readily available as many want to move up in width.

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