So I FINALLY got around to buying one of these. I was heavily tempted to go with the 8" model, but my space is so limited I just chose the 6" with HSS knives. When they are done, I'll get carbide knife inserts. Ordered Sunday, on my doorstep Wednesday. Can't gripe about that at all. About everything seems to be the same as the initial review. I took my sweet time setting it up and made sure to dial it in as close as possible. I have a machining/metrology background and I'm pretty OCD about this stuff.
Tables were plenty flat enough, I could barely pass a .002" feeler gage in the middle of my Starrett straight edge hanging corner to corner over each end of each table. Alignment: outfeed table was spot on out of the box. Infeed table needed a slight tweak, but not a lot. I knocked the milling feed lines down a tad by wet sanding with mineral spirits and 800 grit Wet-R-Dry baked up on a slightly larger than sanding block sized piece of granite. Not really necessary, but that OCD got the best of me. For all intents and purposes it was good to go out of the box.
The fence is pretty stout for what it is and aligns up pretty nice. The blade guard is a pain in the *** but what jointer's isn't? This one is easy to take off to make fence adjustments then put back. That seems to be the easiest way to make sure all is seated well with the fence. I aligned that with a Starrett machinist's square.
After all de-oiling everything and waxing the tables I cut the rough surface of a piece of aromatic cedar closet liner. The other side was very nicely sanded and this little jointer blew it out of the water. Not believing how smooth it was a took a thicker piece of pine glue up from the BORG and ran it through. Same deal. I think that one single pass with a card scraper and you'd be able to do a full french polish on these. It's that smooth. Can't wait the get some maple and oak to work with. Jointed edges are about as nice as jointing with my router with an Incra Wonder Fence. Glue ups should be fantastic.
I was highly satisfied that the noise level isn't bad at all, much less than I was expecting.
If you are planning on 8/4 table top glue ups in wide widths and other large furniture, you just need a bigger heavier machine. For what this little jointer is, it's a home run. It'll weave right into my needs with smaller projects in my space limited garage. Now to save up and buy the planer, I've got cutting boards to make!
Last edited by Shadowrider; 07-12-2019 at 01:05 AM.