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07-12-2019 02:02 AM
Shadowrider 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!
10-03-2018 12:31 AM
icrazywood 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/
03-29-2017 02:25 AM
enjoythepain 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.
02-19-2017 11:55 AM
Cherryville Chuck 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.
02-19-2017 11:43 AM
DanielA 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?
01-16-2017 01:31 PM
Cherryville Chuck Welcome Joe.
01-16-2017 07:10 AM
JoeSnyder
Works well

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.
01-12-2017 04:36 PM
don4logo 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.

Don Stephenson
applythecraft.com
11-25-2015 05:29 PM
mikeintexas I finally had the time to put together and start using the jointer I bought what seems like months ago. Oh wait...it has been awhile...almost 2 months. That's what happens when you buy toys and you're moving at the same time.

These are my thoughts on the Cutech 40160H-CT jointer. This is first jointer I've owned, but not used.


Bottom Line Up Front: This is a really nice, powerful bench top jointer that is hamstrung by the highly-textured tables. It would be a 5/5 star rating if not for the tables. Nothing else negative at this price point or anything close to this price point.

I unpacked it for the first time last night. I had looked at it previously just to ensure nothing got damaged in shipping but it went right back in the box after that. Cleaning took awhile, mostly b/c I was stubborn and thought "I don't have to remove the dang inserts to clean it." An hour later I had a spotless machine, with a spotless cutter head...with protective grease all crammed up under every single cutter head where I couldn't reach it with the rag/WD40. Save yourself some time and remove the inserts. They come off easy and go back on just as easy. I put the inserts in one tin can, the screws in another, covered them with paint thinner and 10 mins later they were spotless. Reinstalled the inserts and put the rest of the machine together. Easy enough.

The only negative I have to report is the tables; specifically, the "machine marks" on them. Others have noted the "machining marks" on the tables. I figured they were just cosmetic...no big deal. At least on my unit, they are not just cosmetic, they are deep enough to catch a nail on (on every ridge and there's a lot of them) and they aren't straight back and forth. The pattern is sort of arced. Almost looks like swirl marks when you wax a car or table saw. The entire surface of the infeed/outfeed tables are covered in this texture. Unfortunately, due to the texturing, the tables act like sandpaper on a TS fence and prevent the wood from sliding smoothly across. This is exactly what you don't want in a woodworking machine.

The tables are flat, from what I can tell (straightedge across and eyeballed it) and in a jointer, that's probably the most important thing. After cleaning the machine (right out of the box) I waxed the tables with paste wax. It was a bear getting the wax out of the grooves on the tables, but I did.

Now, maybe I'm using too much downward pressure on the work piece? I'm not sure, to be honest. I probably have a total of 2 hours of experience time on jointers in total. I'm going by my experience running about 10 feet of various lumber through it last night.

Lest my review appear totally negative; there's a lot to like here.

The insert cutter head left a buttery-smooth and shiny finish on the pine and oak I ran through it (that's the only species I had). Not a cutter mark/line/gouge to be found. I was really impressed. Depending on what the desired end state of the wood would be (fine furniture vs. a porch swing) I might not even sand it further. It was that smooth. Dust collection works really well too. The motor slowed slightly when trying to take a little more than 1/16th off at a time, but never bogged or appreciably slowed. By the way, this little buzz bomb is LOUD. Don't even think about not wearing ear protection when using it. But loud is good in machinery...shows it's workin' good.

The fence...it's a fence. Yes, it's small and thin and light and maybe a little flimsy unless you torque down on the locking lever. But for the intended usage of this machine (not jointing 100-pound planks of wood) it works fine. It worked fine for me last night and I expect it to continue to do so. Based on intended usage of a 6" bench top jointer, I don't see it being not beefy enough as others have commented. I would guess that if you're trying to edge joint a 12-foot piece of 4" x 12" oak on this machine, you're probably using the wrong machine anyway.

I have every intention of keeping the machine. The quality of the cut is first-rate and it will suit my needs just fine and you cannot beat the price on it. I guess there will be a learning curve with the tables, but maybe my technique needs some refinement too? Time will tell. 4/5 stars with the textured tables being the culprit for the lost star. I don't know what cast iron tables would cost over these aluminum ones, but knowing what I know now, I'd have paid another $40 or so for good old iron tables that I could wax and make'em slippery smooth before each use. That's not possible with the tables as-is.

I also bought the 40300H planer and I'm expecting big things from it. Hope to get that together over this long Thanksgiving weekend. Thanks for reading.
11-11-2015 07:35 PM
greenacres2
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Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
what do you use for buns...
French bread loaves????
Usually Hoagie rolls, at times small baquettes--but i hollow some of the bread out of the center. Every now and then, just a regular hot dog bun. Those 1/4 pounders take a little while to slow roast on a stick over an open fire, but worth the hot face and backache for the flavor. First class red-neck gourmet!!

earl
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