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post #101 of 108 (permalink) Old 01-12-2017, 03:36 PM
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Hey Mike. I love the fact that Cutech is making a benchtop jointer that's actually got some quality. His website, however, is kind of lacking. If you're still passing on messages to him, let him know there's a part-time woodworker who also happens to be a top-shelf designer who would love to trade a site redesign for a jointer and a sander. My website is below. Thanks.

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I purchased this router directly from Quetech. It was delivered within the week well packed and in good condition. After some simple assembly, checked and found beds were true right out of the box so got to work. I have now run over 200 bft of lumber through it. Oak, pine, ash, walnut, pecan etc. Does a nice clean job with almost a shiny smooth surface. Somewhere about 150 bft in I noticed a small burr line so I rotated the cutter heads but think I should have just taken the time to calculate the one responsible for the burr and rotated it alone but who wants to stop a project to do this. I purchased a replacement set of carbide cutter heads but at this point not sure when they will be actually used.
Overall very pleased. Well worth the money.
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Welcome Joe.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Are the spiral knives in the jointer easy to change....also, are you able to cut rabbets with this machine? Would $200 be a good price for a slightly used CUTECH jointer?
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Hi Daniel and welcome. I don't own one but I went back and looked at the photos of it and I would say no to rabbeting. Most jointers are infeed and outfeed beds supported on either dovetailed ways or have a parallelogram mount which in either case puts the frame under the beds. This machine has side plates as part of the bed mounting system which means that you wouldn't be able to hang the main part of your piece over the edge to cut the rabbet. If the side plates are slightly below the bed surfaces they aren't much below so the rabbets would be shallow only.

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I'm glad this thread is still somewhat active. I noticed various members were quite quick to be asholes. Many tried to sound smart, but all they did was sound smarmy. Pessimism is a real plague in this day and age. The internet has made many feel entitled to an opinion, yet the problem is that the opinion they project fits the template of being "outraged". Again, the pessimism. I guess what i'm saying is let the review speak for itself. I'm sure most people do not require a play-by-play. If a gentleman takes his own personal time to post a review, we should appreciate his work. Let's not discredit 300 words of constructive review for 3 words of improper grammar.
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Thank you for sharing this wonderful reviews. I know about Cutech is the good brand in jointer industry, I've little confusion about which model is best for me. This reviews can clear my all doubts regarding jointer, and I definitely buy this one for my woodworking projects. @https://bestbenchtopjointer.com/cutech-40160h-ct-jointer-reviews/
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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!

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