jplemons

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About jplemons

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  1. “Usually ships in 1 to 2 months.” What?!!?
  2. You'll be better off in the long run if you install a separate 220v sub panel.
  3. Sorry I’ve been away for a time. I aboslutley recommend the Jet, although I don’t have th helical head version. A search should bring up my review. I just started a new project and it did its job well. The only negative I can think of is the dust collection while in planing mode. It’s not horrible but also not great.
  4. I think a couple factors prevent these machines from being "all the rage." Like most things in this area, the combo units offer a compromise to fulfill a specific need. And no one is always happy about a compromise. The obvious is the bed length on the Jet at 55". I've read many a gripe about how short that is. For me, and in actual use, I find it to be of little or no concern whatsoever. Then again, I'm not milling 8' - 10' sections for any reason. I usually rough cut my parts before milling. Another compromise is the switchover. Again, to me, no biggie, especially given my small shop size. However, the switchover also inherently brings with it the possibility to introduce more errors. Each time you switch, something is moving, and when something moves, eventually it'll lose its calibration. I understand this and am fine with tuning as needed. Finally, the fence, either on the Hammer or the Jet, seems to be the most common complaint. In order to facilitate an easier changeover, the fence is usually lighter, or it has to move (it must be removed on the Grizzly). The lighter fence can be more prone to errors. Again, I knew this going in and accommodated for it during setup and regular checks. Finally, perhaps it's the 12" planer limitation on the Jet. For me, the Hammer was just way too pricey for this stage of my woodworking and the Jet fits my stage perfectly.
  5. I’d stay away from the 10” combo units — I haven’t read anything good about those at all. People seem to like the Ridgid but it’s not without issue. Dust collection at that level doesn’t have many choices, unfortunately. You can use a sled on your planer to get by without a jointer.
  6. So, I guess nothing got built 100 years ago, either?
  7. Just because a lot of companies do it doesn’t mean I have to like it. Plus, in manufacturing the longer a product is produced the lower its cost to produce becomes, up to a point. And when the Euro tanked against the dollar, did the price go down? Nope. Add in the no sales policy and strict price management with retailers, and it all sucks for the consumer.
  8. If it doesn’t have 200 teeth, I ain’t using it.
  9. I hate it and agree completely with Eric. The main issue is that the price goes up but the product is exactly the same with no refinements. Yes, Festool makes some great products, but they can still be improved upon.
  10. I don’t see it as that big of a deal in practice or from what I’ve read. I cut my boards to a rough length first anyways. I’m sure I’ll have some issues later on down the line if I need to joint an 8-footer for something, but overall I think that’s an exception for the pieces I’m planning to build.
  11. I just got one in the mail to try out and have the Barron one as well. If you haven’t seen this video, it’s a pretty good demo by Katz-Moses.
  12. I think I’ve learned the hard way that it’s nearly impossible to get two 3/4” boards by resawing a 1 3/4” board. No matter how close I get to my line, it’s not close enough. And then those suckers cup like a sob.
  13. My neighbor had issues setting up his 1412, but he was pleased with the way Laguna helped him out and solve the issues. I have no complaints, either.