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Alright, finally have enough saved up to purchase a benchtop jointer. I am aiming to get the cutech 6" or 8" jointer. Now a few times a year I wish I had the 8" to do board facing but not often. So I am leaning way over for the 8" one since it is only a couple of inchs longer.

I also have enough to start on a flip top bench for it and my wen 13 inch planer. Now I am only going to get the one with HSS cutters then later on get the carbon cutters.

Now I did contact Cutech about free shipping and I got a reply to check them out Fathers Day :). So if the do have free shipping then the 8" but if not then the 6".
 

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Cutech made quite an impression on the Router Forums a few years ago. They sell standard models, but apparently have a higher inspection standard so they get the cream of the crop of production. Haven't read anything negative about the company. I'd definitely go for the 8 inch model, period. Really hard to stretch the 6 inch out to handle an 8 inch board.
 

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Yeah, if you buy the 6", you'll always wished you had bought the 8". I'd wait until you can save a little more to make sure you get the 8".
 

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I have their 13" planner with the spiral head cutter and love it. Only downside is I have 2 cutting edges instead of 4 but it works great. As for the jointer, I always go for larger if at all possible because it's more capable. I have a friend that has a 6" Delta that has been lusting after my 8" Powermatic D60.

The other thing to keep in mind is that the planner can be used to flatten a wider board but it's different than just planning it down. Typically I see a sled and shims being used and it takes some real practice but can be done. A jointer will do it faster, again, if you know the proper usage. But then you can always fall back to the "old ways" and hand plane a wider board flat as well with a jointer plane or a jack plane. More work but good results and no having to cut the board down to fit the machine and glue back together. Something to think about.
 

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I looked at the cutech jointer when it was first introduced. It looked like it was VERY similar construction to my old Delta bench top jointer. It is possible they have made some improvements for the Cutech version, but my old Delta was nothing but junk. One of the issues that will be true with any bench top jointer is the beds are simply too short. This really limits you to the size of boards you can run through it.
 

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Someone posted years ago about the longest practical length on any jointer bed. I don't remember exactly what it was but double the bed length is probably in the ball park. I don't think it would be longer than that and even that long might be pushing it. Longer beds are definitely better.
 
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