If you're looking for the best benchtop jointer when comparing quality, features and affordability, you have two here from which to choose. The wood jointer machines offered here, our upgraded 8-inch jointer and upgraded 6-inch jointer, are both designed to appeal to the budget-minded woodworker who still requires a fully capable benchtop jointer.
Each of the two woodwork jointer machines offered here have powerful 120-volt, 10-amp motors and feature strong, durable cast iron tables. They have spiral style cutterheads with 16 sharp carbide four-sided inserts on the 8” model and 12 carbide inserts on the 6” model. These provide unparalleled sharpness and a lower noise volume than the straight knife cutterhead provides. The long, extended fence on both allows for a 90° to 135° tilt. You'll also find a 2-1/2” dust port included, with a 4” adapter included with the 8” model.
Frequently Asked Questions About Jointers
What Does a Jointer Do?
A jointer can flatten board faces and both straightens and squares edges. It’s used to turn warped, bowed and twisted boards into flat boards. This is the first step in finishing rough lumber, usually followed by planing. When working with lumber that was surfaced to its final thickness by the manufacturer, a jointer is used to finish the board.
How Does a Jointer Work?
A jointer has three main parts: an infeed table, a cutting head and an outfeed table. The infeed and outfeed tables are aligned parallel to the cutting head, and both the outfeed table and cutting head are set to the same height. The height difference between the infeed and outfeed table determines how much wood is trimmed off. A fence keeps the board in place as it passes by the cutting head. Once the wood passes the head, it’s supported by the outfeed table. The fence angle determines the final shape of the cut surface.
How Do I Sharpen the Blades on My Jointer?
Re-sharpening inserts on your jointer is not recommended unless you have the proper equipment and are an experienced tool maker.
How Do I Adjust My Jointer?
Either refer to your owner’s manual or refer to the online manuals on our website for instructions on how to make any necessary adjustments.