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.
  14. Quick update — after a little bit more use I can see what others are saying about the fence. While it stays in place once locked down, getting it to 90-degrees takes some maneuvering. I think the fence itself is fine; however, the issue is the large mounting bracket. I’ll fiddle with it today and take some photos.
  15. It will probably be fine without anything additional. Just cut the miters on the table saw and glue it up.
  16. Seems to be doing well. I don’t sense any flex or movement. Once it’s clamped down, it’s pretty rigid. It handled that big hunk of curely cherry pretty well.
  17. Another update. I added a Wixey 550 unit to the JJP-12 today. I was stumped at first but found a post by someone who had done the same thing. He used a piece of aluminum stock, but I used an old steel ruler because that’s what I had. The install wasn’t too bad, but the calibration took a little fiddling. Once I was satisfied that the unit was reading to my main measuring devices, I set it and forgot it. I fired it up and used some left over lyptus I had to test things out. After some passes. The blades handled the lyptus very well and had zero snipe or chip out anywhere I changed the machine over, ran through the planer and it’s ready. I wanted to test the full width and had a piece of curly cherry in storage that’s nearing 12 inches, so I brought it down to see how the unit handled it. I’d say it handled it pretty well. I’m sure the helix head would have been better because a couple areas chipped a little, even though I tried to take very light passes. The planer had the same issue. However, overall I’d say outstanding. Of course, this is my first jointer and my first experience using one so my technique is probably not the best. The cutter guard replacement should be here Friday. Until then, feel free to ask questions.
  18. No, these tables are grooved. OK, I had to take a day to wire up a 220/30 amp outlet and make an extension cord. I originally planned to swap out the 14 AWG supplied cord at the motor or control box inside the jointer with a 10 AWG longer cord, but it’s not as simple as I thought, so I just put a plug on the supplied cord and made up a proper extension. My initial check of the tables seems good and all appears coplaner — .0015 feeler gauge barely goes under. The knives were a different story. I spent a good three hours setting up the knives and now all are either .001 from the outfeed table or +/- .0005. The fence has drawn many complaints, and I can see why. It’s aluminum. However, once it’s locked down, it hold pretty well. Initially, I couldn’t get it set to 90-degrees but removed the stops and was able to get it there. Im still waiting on the replacement blade guard from Jet and will be doing some more tests soon.
  19. My check goes to savings and I get an allowance out of that for my cash account. This way, I don’t drive my wife nuts by not keeping receipts, which I’m notorious for. I use that for gas and other things here and there, sometimes groceries, or if we go out to eat. I also use that for small purchase tools and consumables. If I want/need something big, I save a little each month for it. If it’s big, like my recent purchase, I take out a “loan” from my wife and pay it back, usually by picking up a few extra hours of work here and there. Those extra checks go right to her.
  20. Nah, they're grooved. Made it harder to clean. I'll see if it affects use in a couple days. One thing that was odd to me is that the planer bed is grooved as well. I understand why they say they went with the grooved top, but the suction thing doesn't play with the planer bed.
  21. It's done the job pretty well, actually. I didn't do the best job on it, but it holds my planer and sander just fine. The top rotates when I need it to and it rolls out of the way easily. Overall, it was definitely worth the build and is a huge space saver for the small shop.
  22. It’s one complete assembly, so Jet should be able to just send a complete replacement.
  23. I wasn’t sure whether to put this here or in the product reviews, but I intend this to be a thread that will develop over several posts in an effort to pass along my experiences with this machine so that it may help someone else. So, here it goes. After a lengthy research process, I decided the JJP-12 would fit my needs. While I could squeeze the budget for the straight knife model, the helical head was a bit out of reach. I ordered it from http://www.equipmentsalesandsurplus.com for $1985, which included lift-gate service. Due to bad weather in Tennesse, the shipment took longer than expected; however, Neil at equipment sales was quick to respond to my email and later even called to explain what was going on. I got a tracking number right away and a date for delivery. The shipping company, to be blunt, sucked. The delivery window was during the workday and I was scheduled for some extra training that day, so I had my mom wait during the 11-3 window. The window closes, and no delivery. I called dispatch and said the driver would be there. Nearly 1 1/2 hours later, my wife was home and took delivery. The driver, who my wife said was real nice, noticed some damage to the crate. He took the top off to get a better look but didn’t notice anything, so my wife accepted it. I got the crate off and shimmied it off the crate onto its mobile base with the help of my son. I started unwrapping the plastic and wiping off the protective gunk when I noticed the blade guard appeared crooked. I looked it over trying to see if there was some way to adjust it to 90 degrees to no avail. After more searching I discovered the mounting bracket was bent and cracked. No bueno. I called the place I bought it from and talked to another helpful gentleman who gave me the part number and contact info at Jet. That call has to wait because they were closed, of course. I continued the setup process, wiping off the gunk and checking the tables when I discovered the infeed table was slightly higher than the outfeed table at the front. I made the adjustments rather easily and then checked the blade height to the outfeed table. The blade seemed a touch high because it makes contact with my straight edge just barely, so I’ll have to adjust that as well. Tomorrow. Here’s a couple more shots. I’ll update with the setup process and through a test run.