Jointers prepare the edges of the piece of wood, while planers work on its thickness and roughness. Combining the two tools can help users save space and money. A combination unit has an adjustable table and fence and a precise cutting distance between the cutter head and the planer bed. The cutter size and type, motor size, and safety features vary.
It’s fair to say that jointer/planer combos aren’t as common as the individual machines. And, it’s one of those categories in which some companies are leading the pack. To find the top jointer planer, we have considered the products of several power tool manufacturers as well as jointer planer combo reviews.
1. Jet 708476 Model JJP-12HH
The 12” Jet jointer planer features a 5500 RPM helical cutter head, with 56 indexable carbide inserts, that reduces tear out and noise. A powerful 3HP, 12.5-amp induction motor powers the unit and a quick no-tool system allows for easy conversion from jointed to planar. The tables measure 55” x 12” (jointer) and 21-1/4” x 12” (planer) and the extruded aluminum fence measures 43” x 6”, tilts 90 to 45 degrees and has wide space handles for added stability. The parallelogram design of the table means that it stays close to the cutter and enables precise adjustments. The base-located adjustment knob on the cutter guard allows for an even passing of the wood. The machine has a cut capacity of 12” wide x 5/32” (planer) and 12” x 1/8” (jointer). The unit also features a self-engaging lock, a built-in 4” dust port, and a single-piece steel stand with mounting tabs.
2. Jet JJP-12
The 12” JJP-12 has a 2 3/4” diameter 3-knife cutter head operating at 5500 RPM, and a 3HP, TEFC (totally enclosed fan cooled), 230V, 12.5amp motor. The maximum planer cut capacity is 12” wide x 5/32” deep and jointer capacity is 12” wide x 1/8” deep. There’s a hinge-based system for tool-free changes between the two functions. The cast iron tables measure 21-1/4” x 12” for the planer and 55” x 12” for the jointer, and both the infeed and outfeed tables can be adjusted individually. The large 43” x 6” extruded aluminum has centered controls and adjusts 90 to 45 degrees with stops at 90 and 45 degrees. The dust collection system is also hinged for use in both functions.
3. Jet JJP-8BT
Best jointer planer for the money, the JJP-8BT is a benchtop design suitable for small work areas. It has two high-speed steel knives with cutter head speed of 9000 RPM and runs on a heavy-duty 3HP, 115V, 13 amp motor. The sheet metal outfeed table adjusts for height and the 21” x 4-1/8” extruded aluminum fence angles to 45 degrees. The planer feed speed is 19.5 FPM and cut capacity is 1/5” wide – 4-18/25” deep. The oversized agronomic knobs allow for a good support and the dust port helps to keep things clean.
4. Ridgid JP0610
The 6” Ridgid JP0610 jointer planer is equipped with a 1 HP, 120V/240 TEFC induction motor, fan cooled for longevity, and three knives cutting at 15,000 cuts per minute (CPM). The capacities of the machine are 6-1/8” wide for planning, 1/8” cut depth, and 1/2″ rabbeting. There is a 45” bed and a dual bevel fence having stops at 45, 90 and 135 degrees. The cabinet provides space for storage and houses the dust port. The combination model also comes with to push blocks, an angle gauge, and a cutter guard.
5. Jet JJP-10BTOS
Another popular combo machine, the JJP-10BTOS has a cut capacity of 10”, cut depth of 1/8” (jointer) and planer .08” (planer). The adjustable sheet metal outfeed table is designed to reduce snipe. The aluminum fence is 25” x 4-7/8” in size and tilts 0 to 45 degrees. The 13amp, 115V motor powers two-high speed steel knives and the cutter head operates at 9000 RPM. The wood planer jointer combo also features a scale and pointer for the planer, oversized ergonomic knobs, table locks, a dost port, and integrated cord wrap.
6. Rikon 25-010
Rikon’s offering in the 10” planer jointer category, the 25-010 has three-knife 2-1/2” diameter cutter head that’s spinning at 4,800 RPM and delivers 14,400 CPM with the help of a 1.5 HP, 120/220V induction motor. The machine has a depth of cut of 1/8” for the planer and 1/8” for the jointer. The planer and jointer tables are ribbed cast aluminum with sizes of 10-1/4” x 15-3/4” and 11” x 40-1/2” respectively. The 45-degree tilt, 4-1/4” x 24-1/4” aluminum fence can be easily reset with an adjustable stop. Easy-to-use levers remove the outfield table for planer work. Similarly, there’s a spring-operated lever for removing the fence. The machine also has a quick release, table locks, and the standard 4” dust port.
7. Rikon 25-210H
The 12” 25210 features a helical cutter head with four rows and 56, four-sided carbide inserts for smooth cuts. There’s a 3HP, 220V, 3400 RPM motor, and a 2-1/2” diameter cutter head that operates at 4,800 RPM. The cutting capacities for the planer are 10” wide, 6” high, and 1/8” high, and the feed rate is 24.6 SFM. The cutting capacities of the jointer 10” wide and 1/8” deep. The table sizes are 10-1/4” x 15-3/4” (planer) and 11” x 40-1/2” (jointer). The fence is 4-1/4” x 24-1/4” with angles of 0 to 45 degrees and stops at 90 and 45 degrees.
8. Grizzly G0634XP
The 12” Grizzly jointer planer is powered by a 5 HP 220V 3450 RPM motor and has a 3-1/8” spiral cutter head with 32 carbide inserts and speed of 5034 RPM. The machine has an end-mounted fence, which allows the user to keep it close to the wall and save space. The jointer and planer tables measure 14″ x 59-1/2″ and 12-1/4″ x 23-1/8″ respectively. The jointer has a cut width of 12” and cut depth of 1/8″. The planer has a cut capacity of 8” high and 1/8″ deep and a feed rate of 22 FPM. The machine also has a 6″ x 51-1/4″ that bevels 0 to 45 degrees, a magnetic switch, and shielded, lubricated bearings.
9. Grizzly G0634Z
The high-end Grizzly G0634Z unit has precision-ground tables measuring 14” x 59-1/2” (jointer) and 12-1/4” x 23-1/8” (planer) and a 5-7/8” x 39-3/8” fence that adjusts at any angle between 45 and 90 degrees. Conversion from the jointed to the planer is easy with the quick release system. The 3-1/8” spiral cutter head rotates at 5034 RPM and has 32 carbide inserts. The motor is a 5 HP 220V, and the cut capacities for the planer and jointer are 1/8” deep and 8” high and 1/8” deep and 12” wide respectively. The planer feed rate is 22 FPM, and it has two feed rollers anti-kickback fingers and thickness scale.
10. Rikon 25-010H
The 25-010H Rikon is in the 10” category and features a four-row helical cutter head with 44 four-sided indexable carbide inserts and a cutter head speed of 4800 RPM delivering 19,200 CPM. The unit has quick release table locks and table dimensions of the planer are 10-1/4” x 15-3/4” and jointer are 11” x 40-1/2”. The 4-1/4” x 24-1/4” fence angles up to 45° with stops at 90° and 45°. The maximum cut capacities for the planer and jointer are 6” high and 1/8” deep and 10” wide and 1/8” deep respectively. The unit is powered by a 1.5HP 120V/220V 3,400 RPM motor.
By BCR Staff
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