Do space saving benchtop jointers work?
Many people are faced with space restrictions in their shop. Using a full sized 6” jointer eats up floor space and they are heavy. Bench top jointers have been around a long time but they always seemed under powered and noisy until now. Not anymore.
Introducing the Cutech 40160H-CT. Cutech launched in July of 2015 with a selection of thickness planers and the 40160H-CT jointer. While it looks similar to other brands of bench top jointers there are some very good features that set it apart from the rest.
The 40160H-CT has lightweight aluminum tables so it is easy to move when needed. The new aluminum cutter head features 12 inserts staggered in pairs for helical cutting. The inserts are high speed steel and carbide is available as an option. Helical cutting results in smoother cuts and since only two of the inserts are contacting the wood at a time it feels much more powerful and is quieter than other brands. The push pads have a very good gripping surface and are comfortable in the hand. A 2-1/4” standard sized dust port is included. The controls are clearly marked and easy to adjust. The power switch has a removable safety key.
It all sounds very good but how well does it perform? Out of the box assembly was simple and the instructions were clearly written. A quick wipe down of the tables and cutter head with mineral spirits followed with a wax or surface protectant. Ready to cut. I tested the jointer on redwood, red oak and a South American mystery hardwood with a dense grain. (This is wood used as a shipping crate for granite slabs and it has pink and yellow hues to it) The photo of the results speak for themselves. This jointer has plenty of power and does a great job.
Nice review, Mike! I can't believe there is a helical cutterhead in a little jointer.
All these improvements aside, the problem with benchtop jointers still remains the short infeed and outfeed tables. I had a 4" King Seely that cut great, but anything over 3 feet long was difficult to handle.
Doug, no question that long tables are easier to work with but this jointer is the perfect solution for people with limited space/small shops. It would be easy to take to a job site too. It performs better than my full sized 6" jointer; it is much quieter too. In addition to cleaner cuts it is easier to replace the inserts. A nail can ruin a jointer blade but odds are it would only damage one insert which could be quickly reversed or replaced to get you back in action in a minute or two.
Hi Mike. What's the price.? Oldrusty
Al, At this time the price is $289.99 and yes, they ship to Canada. In fact they are willing to ship anywhere.(I checked) This price is $50 less than what my local HD is selling the Delta bench top jointer with straight knives for. My understanding is this is an introductory price. Here is a link to the web site:
Looks like a well thought out machine I like the spiral knives, their planer looks pretty good also.
I contacted Cutech this morning. They don't sell a version with carbide blades already installed. A pack of 10 carbide blades runs $60US and the jointer uses 12 blades so you would need to purchase 2 sets. The screws are the same for both HSS and carbide blades. I guess buying two sets is OK since you would want to have spares on hand anyway. A set of 10 HSS blades is $40US.
I have an 25 year old Delta 37-190 with HSS knives that has served me well over the years but I am seriously considering this option since my shop is my 2 car garage. The wife and neighbors would appreciate the reduced noise and I sure could use the extra space taken up by the Delta. And this is a lot less money than upgrading the Delta to a spiral cutter.
[quote=Mike;841849]Al, At this time the price is $289.99 and yes, they ship to Canada. In fact they are willing to ship anywhere.(I checked) This price is $50 less than what my local HD is selling the Delta bench top jointer with straight knives for. My understanding is this is an introductory price. Here is a link to the web site:
I just went to the site and asked if they would ship to Alaska where I live. The response was no. They utilize UPS (which we have ) but the rep refused to facilitate. I question their willingness to ship anywhere
Steve, Doug the company owner is a forum member and I contacted him about this. Doug will respond to you about this.
I have a 6 inch Powermatic jointer with a fairly long table that I really like, but I don't keep it in my shop out back. It lives in the garage with my planer. I considered the smaller jointer at the time. Seems to me that the shorter outfeed bed would be fine if you were jointing pre-cut rather than full length pieces. And, that jointing smaller pieces complicates planing multiple pieces to exact and equal thickness.
|All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:43 PM.|
Powered by vBulletin® - Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.