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The author selected 11 commonly available 8-in. jointers ranging in price from $650 to $1,350, all with either a 1-1/2-hp or 2-hp motor, and evaluated the beds, tables, fences, knives, and ease of making adjustments for each. The General has an almost perfectly flat table and pull-out roller extensions on both ends to add support for long boards. It has either handwheel or lever table adjustment and a rather small table-lock lever. The fence-locking lever, which is in back, had a tendency to slip and hang up the fence. The knives arrived knicked and had to be honed before using.
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