So, what do you do if you are a passionate woodworker, but have limited space? Due to price limitation, it may be impossible to own both a jointer and a planer in your workshop. A Planer jointer combo is the best alternative. Buying a planer jointer combo helps you complete all your tasks using a single machine.
What are some of the factors that you need to consider when purchasing this machine? In the first part, we will look into some of the best combo available in the market. Then, a buyer’s guide will help you explore some of the factors that ought to be considered when hunting for your most suitable jointer planer combo.
G0675 is one of the many jointer/planer combos produced by Grizzly. If you are looking for a quality machine for your limited working area, this is one of the best options available in the market. The machine saves floor area while still performing a wide variety of functions.
You will easily achieve an ultra-smooth finish when you apply this model. The cutterhead can easily hit speeds of 6500 rotations per minutes. This, in addition to the 2 high-speed knives, ensures that you achieve high-quality outcomes at a faster rate.
This power tool possesses a number of features that makes it a durable option. The infeed and the outfeed table are made out of cast iron, a material that ensures you have a strong working area. More so, the sheet metal body construction will protect your machine from physical damages.
There are a number of adjustment features that gives you the ability to dictate your working environment. First, you can easily adjust the dust hood to your most preferred position in either the jointer or the planer conversion. The second feature worth noting is the fact that the height of the machine can be customized with the help of the cutterhead guard.
This is a flexibility that we would all appreciate since you do not have to cope with rigid working conditions that do not match your needs.
On the downside, the machine is relatively heavy and you may find it difficult to move. A castor wheelset will come in handy if you are looking to move it around.
Saves on the floor space
Durable due to the cast iron table and the sheet metal case
The adjustable height and dust hood position makes it adaptable to various working condition
There are various features that stand out in this model and it should be among your options in your bucket-list. Starting off with the fact that it is fitted with three high-speed steel knives that ensure you achieve a high-quality, smooth finish.
Unlike other jointer planers, this machine features a 2 ¾-inch diameter cutter head that can reach 5500 rotations per minute. Besides, the knives are arranged in conventional wedge bars with jacking screws that make the precise adjustment of heights much easier. Once you have set the blades, you do not have to do the setting again when transiting from the jointing to planning operations.
JET JPP-12 is a safe option, especially when you are working around children and family. A magnetic on/off switch feature with an integral limiter not only protects you but also the motor. The switch ensures that there is no excessive variation in power that can destroy the motor.
In case the power goes out unexpectedly, you will have to switch on the machine once the power is restored manually.
As an owner of this model, you will enjoy a large working area irrespective of the operation. The machine comes with a 12-inch jointing and planning width capacity. Therefore, unlike the normal jointers’ widths of about 8 inches, this combo, given that it has the same width for both the planer and the jointer, makes the transition between the modes easier.
You do not have to use additional table parts whenever you want to change from one mode to another. One of the downside that we noted with this model is the low quality of the aluminium fence. As of now, the fence is not tough enough to handle some of the hardwoods available.
High-speed steel knives that ensure superior finishes
Possesses jack screws which improve the accuracy during height adjustment
Possess a magnetic on/off switch feature which makes it suitable for use around children and family members.
Versatile allowing quick transition from one mode to another.
The aluminum fence is not tough enough for some wood
Grizzly seems to be winning on our list, but we have to give credit where it’s due.
This model is most preferred, especially for workshops with the limited floor area. Although it serves both purposes, i.e the planning and jointing operations, you will not have to worry about adding storage space for this machine. Furthermore, the foot pedal caster feature makes the model easy to move around.
When it comes to a jointer planer combo, we expect to have a machine that has a dedicated planing and jointing center, both which are fully functional. And Grizzly has ensured exactly that. Thus, with this model, you will not have to worry about the changing from one mode to another every time you want to transition from one operation to another.
You will also enjoy a superior finish thanks to the 3 HSS knives fitted into the cutterheads for both the planer and the jointer. Even better, this machine is equipped with a 2 HP motor which enables you to achieve up to 16,200 cuts per minutes.
You will also enjoy the wide work area that comes with G0809. The jointer has a table width of 6-inch while the planer section has a 13-inch work area.
When it comes to jointers, space is of much essence, but space without flexibility does not offer much convenience. With this model flexibility and convenience have been upheld since it allows you to adjust the height of the table with the aid of a handwheel.
You can also use different feed speeds depending on the type of work. The machine features two feed speed: 15 and 30 FPM.
The one discouraging feature about this jointer/planer combo model is the heavy construction required during installation.
Occupies smaller floor area and thus suitable for small work spaces
Has a foot pedal caster feature which makes it easy to move the machine around
Contains dedicated jointing and planning areas, which removes the stress of changing from one mode to another
The cutterhead has 3 HSS knives which facilitate achieving a high-quality finish
Contain sizable dust ports which makes cleaning easy
Just like Grizzly Industrial G0809, Model JJP-12HH occupies smaller space compared to other models available in the market. The relatively compact machine is a suitable option if you own a small to medium workshop. In spite of the small stature, the machine is powerful enough to serve advanced users.
With this machine you get value for money since the planer and the jointer beds are made of cast irons which ensure durability. Apart from making the model durable, the cast iron provides a steady base that enables you to achieve a quality outcome for even heavier pieces.
The model finishes are just incredible and if you are a fleek for details, then you will be happy to explore the numerous features that facilitate the achievement of superior finishes with this model.
First, the carbide inserts ensure that your piece attains high-quality finish while maintaining a quieter cut. Secondly, the parallelogram design, as well as the heavy cast-iron table, ensures that you achieve an improved finish and accurate cut adjustments depth.
It also comes with a built-in magnetic control switch which ensures that your safety and that of the motor is maintained. To help maintain a clean environment, the jointer has a dust collection system.
Although the thick and durable material is a great aspect that upholds the machine’s longevity, it also makes the machine very heavy. This may be disadvantageous, especially when you need to move it.
Small and compact to occupy small spaces
Possesses features that facilitate achieving superior finishes
The magnetic control switch makes it safe to use
The use of thick and durable cast iron and steel makes the machine heavier compared to other models.
Aside from being compact and saving on space, the model is generally easy to use. The oversized knobs provide you with easy access to the controls system and hence enable you to manipulate the machine conveniently. This, in addition to the height adjustment feature, makes the use of this particular model very convenient.
There are two HSS knives incorporated into the cutterhead for superior cuts and smooth finishes. The cutterhead is powered by a 13 Amp motor which has the ability to achieve 18,000 cuts per minutes, and which makes it suitable for both soft and hardwood pieces. The feed speed of 19.5 feet per minutes reduces the amount of time it would take you to complete both operations.
As an owner, you will also be able to experience stable and accurate jointing, thanks to the manipulatable fence. The extruded fence can be adjusted up to 45 degrees on either side and hence facilitating accurate cuts and smoother finishes.
The planer, on the other side, has a pointer and a scale that helps you determine the distance between the planer table and the cutterhead. Besides, the integrated cord wrap makes it simpler for you to move the machine and prevent injuries in the workshop.
In some cases, the infeed and the outfeed table are not coplanar. This means that you will have to align the tables yourself. But the alignment procedure is easy.
Saves space and convenient to control.
Possesses a height adjustment feature that enables you to manipulate the table to your preference.
Superior cuts and smooth finishes due to the two HSS knives powered by a 13 Amp motor
Has a manipulatable fence on the jointer, and a pointer and a scale that help achieve quality cuts and finishes.
The infeed and outfeed tables are sometimes no coplanar, which interfere with creativity during woodworking
This is another addition to our Grizzly collection of functional and recommendable jointer planner combos.
Like most of Grizzly series, this particular model is also suitable for smaller to medium workshops.
The GO634XP is a unique model and unlike most jointer/planar combo available in the market, this series has an end-mounted fence. This means that you can easily work as close to your workshop’s wall as possible. With this machine, you will save significant space that can be occupied by other machinery.
Aside from saving space, you will enjoy the adequate working space offered by this model. The jointer center possesses a 12” wide capacity that is efficient for most of the wood pieces. On the other side, the planer can support up to 11 7/8 inches workpieces, which is also adequate in most cases.
When it comes to safety, the model has a magnetic control button with thermal protection. It also automatically switches off whenever it starts overheating.
On the downside, it is relatively heavier compared to other models in the market. With a total weight of 706 pounds, some may find it difficult to move around.
Also, you may find blade guard inhibiting, especially during large projects. Given that you have to reinstall the piece every time you want to change over from one mode to another, this can become tedious.
The 11 7/8-inch table width for the planar operation may not be adequate enough for common width such as 12 inches. The edge of the planer bed tends to cut through the edge of such pieces and thus destroying them.
Saves on space
Adequate working space for both operations.
Safe magnetic control button with thermal protection
The blade guard may inhibit your operation of the machine
The planer operation center may fail you with some of the most common wood piece widths.
Are you a DIY enthusiast or just need a machine for smaller projects? Then, the Rikon 25-010 fits perfectly. Apart from occupying a small space, this model is relatively light compared to others in the market. It only weighs 147 pounds.
The machine is powered by a 1.5 HP motor with the cutterhead striking 14,400 cuts per minutes. With this speed, the jointer/planer combo allows you to work on both the simple and complex projects conveniently. The three HHS knives in the cutterhead facilitate smoother finish and superior cuts.
Even better, this model also has a number of adjustment features that enables you to tailor the work environment to your preference. First, you can easily adjust the angle of the fence to achieve the kind of cut you prefer. In addition, the model gives you a chance to adjust the height of the machine. The quick release table lock is another significant feature. To transit from jointing to planing operation, you just need to detach the outfeed table with the aid of the flip levers.
Although the model is relatively lightweight, it is among one of the most stable in the market. This can be attributed to the reduced vibration as a result of using a flat ribbed belt to transfer power to the cutterhead.
On the downside, the manual is not clear with some instructions making it difficult to install and use the machine on some occasion.
The adjustable fence is sometimes hectic to set.
Compact and lightweight
Smooth and superior finishes
Possesses numerous adjustment features to facilitate convenient working environment.
Relatively stable compared to other lightweight models in the market
The manual is partly difficult to understand and hence making the installation and usage problematic
There are a number of factors that play a significant role in determining a jointer/planer combo that best suits your need. The section before highlights a number of important features that you need to thoroughly consider before you proceed with your purchase.
Size and Weight
The primary objective of owning a jointer planer is to minimize the space that the two stand-alone machines would have occupied. Therefore, depending on your floor space, you should be able to determine a model with the most suitable size.
The weight of the machine becomes important, especially if you are not able to permanently install your jointer planer combo in your workshop. In other words, if you will be consistently moving your machine from storage to work area, in which case, you should consider purchasing a lighter version. However, if you plan to install the machine permanently, the weight does not matter so much provided you can provide a stable base.
After determining your preferential size, the stand type is another important factor to consider when choosing between various models. There are three different types of stands: closed, open, and ones that fold down. Each kind has its strength and weakness.
Closed stands are among the strongest. This should be your first choice if you intend to purchase a heavy jointer planer combo. In some cases, closed stands have a storage space in the base to help you save on space.
Open stands are cheaper alternatives to closed stands. They are more like tables with some having shelves that can accommodate your other tools. Their open design often reduces durability due to accumulation of dust.
The final choice is a stand that can be folded. In some instances, a jointer planer combo can come with no stand or a stand that can be stored. Such a model can be used on a bench or with the stand that is very portable. Therefore, it is a better option, especially if you do not intend to fit your machine in place permanently.
Bed Width and Cutting Depth
The width of your working table is important since it determines the size of the wood piece that can be processed with your machine. While some models have dedicated center for the jointing and the planing operations, others will require you to change-over once you are done with one operation. All these will dictate the bed width of your jointer planer combo.
The cutting depth, on the other hand, dictates the speed of removing materials. Therefore, the deeper the cutting depth, the faster it will take to complete a task. Thus, based on your need, you can select the most suitable cutting depth. It is, however, important to note that the cost of a jointer planer combo increases as the cutting depth increases.
Sometimes, you can choose a model depending on the amount of effort you are willing to put into cleaning your workshop. A model with an effective dust collection system is very important, especially in smaller workshops or rooms that serve more than one purpose, say a garage.
The most common dust port for jointer planer combo is the 4-inch port which will effectively collect sawdust.
Power dictates the ability of a jointer planer to work on a given wood type as well as the speed. Nonetheless, the lowest horsepower you should consider is 1 horsepower. This is enough for hobbyist woodworkers who intend to work on softer woods. It becomes difficult working on harder woods with a horsepower below 1.
It is, however, not advisable to buy models with more than 3 horsepower if you won’t be working with hard or exotic woods. Although you will be completing your tasks faster, the amount of electricity used for the operation will not be economical.
Ready to Choose?
We anticipate that the above reviews will be helpful in your journey of buying a jointer planer combo. So, are you ready to go hunt for your most preferred option?
On our end, the favorite choice would be JET JJP-12 12-Inch Jointer Planer. Apart from delivering superior finishes, this particular model has quality adjustment features, as well as a simple and quick transition procedure from one mode to another. In addition to that, the magnetic control switch ensures maximum safety.