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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-15-2009, 07:24 AM Thread Starter
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Does anybody have one of these Jointers from Harbor Freight?

6" Jointer

If so does it work OK, any issues?

They have it on sale here for $229. and I have a 20% off coupon which will bring it down to $183. I thought for that price it might be a good deal.

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Hello Danny! What you may want to do is check the Internet for product check. I hope that someone can answer from there experience.

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A couple fellows here have them. It seems to get good reviews.
Read these:
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Danny, this machine is a very good value. I have used mine many times since that first posting and the only advice you need is to be sure to hook up a dust collector and keep an eye on the bag level. Better still would be to get a cyclone lid for a galvanized garbage can and insert that between the machine and the dust collector. Jointers and planers produce far more debris than any other woodworking tools. I use clear hose so I can monitor the line for obstructions.

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If you decide to buy one of these, I would suggest that you take a good straight edge and a square with you and check the infeed/outfeed tables and the fence to be sure they are perfectly flat. If either is warped or wavy and you can't get a perfect 90* between the fence and tables it is a worthless machine. After all, that is what a jointer is for... getting a perfectly flat face at a 90* angle to an edge.

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If you decide to buy one of these, I would suggest that you take a good straight edge and a square with you and check the infeed/outfeed tables and the fence to be sure they are perfectly flat. If either is warped or wavy and you can't get a perfect 90* between the fence and tables it is a worthless machine. After all, that is what a jointer is for... getting a perfectly flat face at a 90* angle to an edge.
Good idea but having dealt with Harbor Freight before; I most likely wont be able to check that until I get back home, it looks like it comes in two boxes un assembled.

Worse case senerio I have access to a large surface grinder, and have full maching shop capabilites at home, I could bring them into tollerance.

Going up there (HF) after work today and either get one or order one.

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Bought the jointer yesterday.

I was a little bit concerned after looking at the one they had on display, it didn't look that great. But once I got the crate home and opened it up the new one, it looked great, I checked the table and it is dead on straight and both sides are on the same plane (In line) side to side and front to back.

The jointer body/assembly comes assembled, I just have to put the stand together then mount the body and then good to go.
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