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Bill Whitley
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Mar 19th, 2019 at 8:25am
 
I have a small shop and I am looking for a Jointer since my craftsman 6 in has died. I would like an 8 in but it seems like all of the 8 in or bigger have long beds, any suggestions?
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Re: jointer
Reply #1 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 9:50am
 
I bought this one and I'm happy

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Edited to add: I bought with HSS cutters and bought the Carbide to switch out but have been happy with the HSS.  The carbide cutters are currently sitting in a drawer until the HSS need changed.
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Reply #2 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 10:15am
 
Thanks, I will check them out
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Re: jointer
Reply #3 - Mar 19th, 2019 at 1:13pm
 
The question is, do you need an 8"?
Mostly it depends on your woodworking habits, how often you use a jointer and if you really need one.
Once you've decided that you need one, what's the most important feature for you, cutter width or table length?
For me it's table length, the longer the in-feed and out-feed tables, the better the final product (straightest cut).
You can get 6" jointers with a bed lengths that ranges from less than 30" to 48".
The longer the tables (the more stock is referenced at any given time) the better the cut.
if you jump to an 8" jointer, the bed length usually start at 72" and go up, you need more space for the machine. The price of the machine and cutters goes up as well.
If you only need to square one edge as a starting reference point, a 6" might be better.
Just some thoughts,
I have a 6"x 48" and would never go smaller for my work.
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Reply #4 - Mar 20th, 2019 at 6:15am
 
I have two, a six inch Ridgid, and a four inch on my Shopsmith. Strangely, the Shopsmith jointer is built better and is my go to jointer for SMALL pieces as the bed is short. Like Ed said, it depends on your needs. I mainly turn, so my pieces tend to be small. If I need to flatten a larger piece, of square a long board, off to the Rigid I go.
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Reply #5 - Mar 24th, 2019 at 2:19pm
 
For tabletops, long shelves, and such, longer boards need to be flattened and edged.  For safety, I purposely bought years ago an 8" jointer with a long bed.
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