Jointer? Or Planer? Which one first?
Wow.... I *almost* have the wife convinced that in order for me to actually BUILD stuff, I need to be able to prep the wood. I saw a planer at what looked like a good deal that turned out to be not-so-great. But that got me looking.
So I looked at planers and then I started looking at jointers. Most of the stock I deal with is smaller width. So I started thinking a jointer. Then I thought..... "A jointer would be great for edge joining, but what about a 4 to 6 inch wide board? "
A jointer won't necessarily make opposite sides of a board parallel even though it makes them straight. And a planer will make them parallel, but won't make them straight.
Sounds to me like you need both, but I know that ain't going to happen.
I have a nice hand plane (jointer plane) ....
So which would you get first? A jointer or a planer?
And are the Delta units decent? Are the Dewalt planers so much better than the Deltas as to make the cost difference worthwhile?
Is the Delta jointer (the open stand, 6"... not the bench top model) decent? Or is it worth another $100 to get the Jet in the same size?