Buying the best jointer can mean the difference between having a well-organized and capable woodworking workshop and one that’s not prepared for every job. After all, a jointer is often the foundation upon which many woodworkers build their workshops and are a helpful tool for dealing with less than perfect boards. Finding the best jointer isn’t always an easy proposition, however. There are a number of different models currently available and not every one of them is worth owning. Fortunately, I’ve assembled a list of the ten best models that I think would make any professional or home workshop better equipped for handling just about any job.
10. Powermatic Deluxe 54A With Quick-Set Knives
With a stable 21-inch by 13-inch all-steel cabinet as its base and a table that’s 7.25-inches wide by 66-inches long, this tool has enough support to handle even large pieces of work. It’s equipped with a 115-volt motor that’s mounted inside the cabinet and can be converted to use 230-volt power. This product has a fence with positive stops at 45-degrees and 90-degrees and comes with quick-set knives. This model also has a dust collection chute that keeps the user’s workshop air cleaner and this unit does require user assembly.
9. Delta Power Tools 37-071
Made using cast-iron, so it has less vibration and is more stable than some other units, this tool is a high-quality product that’s designed for professional workshops. It has a cast iron fence support system, a fence adjustment system with positive stops at 90-degrees and 45-degrees, and offers up to a 1/8-inch depth of cut. It has a 1-7/8th-inch aluminum cutter head that has a speed of 10,000 RPM and delivers up to 20,000 cuts per minute. This midi-bench system is designed to give the user the power and the options they need for their woodworking needs.
8. Powertec BJ600 Bench Unit
This bench unit is designed to give the user the ability to create a smooth and flat edge up to 1/8th-inch. This product has a cast iron in and out feed table and has a fence that can tilt 45-degrees inward and outward for bevel cuts. This model’s table is 28.5-inches by 6.25-inches, it’s fence is 4-3/8th-inches by 22-7/8th-inches and the whole unit weighs around 79-pounds. This model also has a safety power switch lock and a 120-Volt 1.75-HP motor and a cutting width of 6-1/8th-inch. All of these features give the user the convenience, power, and versatility to handle wood boards quickly.
7. Steelex ST1010
Designed for woodworkers who need a smaller unit that doesn’t sacrifice accuracy, this unit is built to not take up a whole lot of space and to be fully adjustable. It has a built-in mobile base, a 1-HP 120-Volt motor, and a 2.5-inch cutting head diameter. This tool has a 5-inch by 35-inch cast iron fence with positive stops at 45-degrees, 90-degrees, and 135-degrees. It has overall dimensions of 46-inches long by 27-inches wide by 37.5-inches high, has three 6-inch by 5/8-inch by 1/8-inch knives and has a max rabbeting capacity of 1/2-inch. Overall, it’s a unit that’s not big but is capable of getting the job done.
6. Wen 10-Amp 6-Inch 6560 Model
Designed to efficiently help the user flatten out their boards and to handle face-jointing and edging tasks, this unit has many of the features that make those jobs possible. It has a 10-amp motor that provides the power for up to 20,000 cuts per minute on this 6/.25-inch by a 28.5-inch table that has a two blade 6-1/8th-inch cutter head. This product also has an adjustable 22.75-inch by 4.5-inch fence that can bevel up to 45-degrees in either direction. This tools also features a sturdy cast-iron base, a dust port, push stick, push block and a filter bag.
5. Powermatic 1610086K Model 60HH
This tool is not only designed to be accurate but is also designed to be easy-to-use and it has a number of features which prove that fact. Table height can be position using the in-feed table lever and fine adjustments can then be made for depth of cut. This model has fence tilting that is handled by a worm gear system and can be operated via a hand wheel. It has a 73-inch extended support and a non-mar insert that protects the table from scratches during fence adjustments. It has a helical cutter-head that has a quieter and smoother cutting action and leaves a great finish as well.
4. Powermatic 1791317K 54HH
This product not only gives a high-quality finish but is quiet as well. It has a 21-inch wide by 13-inch deep all-steel cabinet that keeps the table surface at a distance of 32-inches above the floor. Another key feature which can be found in this unit is a 115-Volt 1-HP motor that gives the table the power it needs to finish the job. This tool also has a helical cutter-head that allows for effective and quiet performance. Other features found on this unit include a high-performance fence system that can tilt 45-degree in either direction and a cast-iron table.
3. JET 708457DXK JJ-6CSDX
Offering one of the longer working surfaces currently available among comparable models, this tool has a total length of 56-inches. Other features included in this product include a 1-HP motor that allows it to do 6,000 CPM and three high-speed steel knives with a cutting depth of 1/2-inch. This unit also has a 4-inch dust port that helps the user keep everything clean and provides chip and dust disposal and industrial-strength push-button controls. It also has a 33-1/8-inch long fence with 45-degree and 90-degree stops and a 1/2-inch rabbeting capacity.
2. Cutech 40160H-CT
This bench-top unit has the power and the features that most woodworkers are looking for in one of these tools. It has a powerful 120-Volt 10-Amp motor, a 4-3/8th-inch high by 19-5/8th-inch adjustable fence, a spiral type cutter-head with 12 HSS inserts and level adjustable beds. This tool weighs about 40-pounds, has a total table length of 30-inches and a 6-inch width capacity. It also has a 2.5-inch dust port that allows chips to be quickly evacuated from the table. It’s a unit that’s easy-to-use, is powerful and is easy to maintain.
1. Jet JJ-8HH
This unit has a number of features which make it useful and popular among woodworkers. It has a 2-HP motor that’s not only powerful but is also quiet and runs smoothly and a 2-way tilting fence that has positive stops at 45-degrees and 90-degrees and allows for smooth bevel operations. This unit also has a high-quality cast-iron in-feed and out-feed, a build in dust chute with a 4-inch port and a heavy-duty hand wheel which has a locking knob and allows for table adjustments. It’s a unit that’s easy-to-use, durable, powerful and is easy-to-maintain day after day.