6-Inch Jointers La Grande OR
La Grande, OR
La Grande, OR
La Grande, OR
Gold Beach, OR
jointer is a must-have for many woodworkers. Few can do without the smooth, straight edges and faces they get from their jointers. We tested twelve 6-in. floor models that sell for under $600.
A 6-in. jointer will handle material up to 6-in. wide, the width of the cutter head. A 6-in. jointer serves the needs of many woodworkers, but more advanced and professional woodworkers often choose an 8-in. jointer (for a review, see AW #58, April 1997, p. 58). These machines cost from $700 to $2000.
There are 6-in. jointers available as benchtop models, but we recommend a floor model if space permits. They are quieter and can handle longer boards.
Infeed and outfeed table adjustments can be made using handwheels or levers. Most of us preferred the handwheels because they make fine adjustments easier. This is particularly important on the outfeed table. Better yet are models with handwheels on the front of the jointer instead of under the tables-they're really easy to get at.
The fence aligns your material to the bed of the jointer, so it needs to be easy to adjust and rigid. There are two styles of fences. One rides on a post (Photo A), the other is carried by a casting (Photo B). Most testers preferred the fences on castings. Most, but not all jointers, have positive stops at 45, 90, and 135 degrees (Photo C). A handle on top of the fence helps you adjust to different angles. Unfortunately, this handle is typically in the way when edge jointing. Fences that are higher and longer lend more support to the material.
whichever system is used to support the fence, it's crucial that the fence be rock stable.
Infeed and outfeed tables must be parallel to each other. Jointer beds can become out of alignment because the cast iron warped after manufacturing or because of damage in shipping. One machine in our test had this problem and a call to the manufacturer resulted in a new machine. Be sure to check your jointer and call your dealer if there's a problem. Also, longer beds are always better because they make it easier to handle the stock. As a rule of thumb, you can get good results jointing material that's twice as long as the jointer bed.
Ease of changing knives
When resetting knives, they may be supported by either jack screws or springs (See Fig. A). Jointers that come with springs under the knives also include a knife setting device. Most users found that springs made it easier to reset the knives. However, four of our five top jointers had screws under the knives. Jack screws are easy enough to live with on a jointer with other great features.
Assembly and Job Readiness
Many of the jointers look alike and assembly of many was very similar. Closed-stand models are generally easy to assemble. The open-stand models take lots more time to put together—as much as ...