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This is a good machine!
on October 22, 2004
I have owned this jointer since the late 1990's and I have been very pleased with its performance. I only have a shoestring budget for tools, thus I have had to collect what I could, when I could (at times leading to the purchase of cheaply made tools). I am thrilled to report that this tool is in no way flimsy or cheap.
The cast iron is significant and I would give the fit and finish a grade of B+. The infeed/outfeed beds and the fence are very flat and hold their settings well. Though the open stand is not as sturdy as a closed stand would be, if you snug all of the bolts tight and then install this machine on a mobile stand, you won't have any trouble. In my experience, this tool has VERY little vibration, and it is EXTREMELY quiet. I would guess the low vibration is due to the weight - this thing is heavy. I love the fact that this machine comes with two hand wheels for infeed and outfeed bed height adjustment. I have not had a bit of trouble using mine to fine tune the table heights.
As for performance, I have edge/face jointed red and white oak, pine, poplar, walnut, and hard maple with no problems. The motor is more than adequate for all of my jointing needs as I always take a light cut. As for the knives, by varying the fence setting for narrow boards to insure even wear of the blades, I have only had to change my blades once. Though this was a terribly frustrating ordeal, that is common of all jointers so it is not really a valid criticism of this tool.
Overall, I am well pleased with this tool and don't expect that I will ever have need to replace it. Highly recommended!