21 found this review helpful
This jointer rocks!
It has a granite bed so it 'rocks'...oh, forget it!
At $199 this was an average deal as there are so many bench top jointers out there. At $170 the deal got a lot sweeter when you consider this does have a marble bed and fence! What's the deal about marble, you ask? Well, the biggest advantage is that it will not warp or flex with changes in temperature like metal will do! The second greatest advantage is that it is slick and doesn't need waxing! Finally, I have never seen marble rust, not once! The motor on this thing is heavy enough to take care of even the hardest of woods and still quiet enough to not wake the neighbors when I used it! Down side to this unit has to be the bed width. I would really love to see this in a 6" size since that size is common in longer boards used in tables and such. Still, at 4" I can do a lot of work and save the blades on my 6" machine.
2 found this review helpful
I had low expectations, and it failed to meet them
I knew this was an inexpensive tool when I bought it, so I wasn't expecting too much. I am a fairly unserious woodworker, mostly limited to outdoor furniture and such. I wanted a jointer to help with a couple tabletops and flat surfaces. At $200, this seemed like a nice fit. If it didn't provide the most accurate cuts-well now I had an excuse for those little gaps.
I picked it up and started assembling-mainly attaching the fence. There are 32 different ways to install the fence and brackets, 31 of them wrong. It took me 3 tries to get it right-and the directions and photo in the manual were no help. "Assemble as shown in figure 3". Figure 3 is a dark, blurry image in which you can't make out any details.
OK, no big deal. Its a hobby, it is supposed to kill time. I didn't even get upset with the missing lock washers-I have just sort of come to expect this of Craftsman. I guess when you ship as many tools as they do in a year, if you save a washer or two on every one, that probably adds up to a couple hundred bucks in savings.
When I got to attaching the brackets, I noticed that the holes in it which receive the mounting screws were drilled at an angle. It is pretty touch to drill and tap a hole in 1/8 inch metal at an angle, but they did it. It was a real struggle to get the fence attached and reasonably true.
The last straw- the guard spring would not keep the guard over the blade. Instead, it held the guard about 6" away from the fence, making it useless for any sort of protection.
At that point I gave up, put it back in the box, and returned it.
One last point-there are no mounting holes that will accept bolts to mount the jointer to a table. Instead there are 4 sheetmetal clips that you can screw down. Maybe not a big deal, but I like my tools well anchored and I wasn't thrilled with this.
No idea how the jointer performes-never even turned it on.