Yorkcraft - 8-in. Jointer YC-8J
The Yorkcraft has almost perfectly flat tables and an easy-to-adjust fence that moves on a rack-and-pinion gear.
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 Yorkcraft has almost perfectly flat tables and a fence that moves on a rack-and-pinion gear, making it easy to move the fence by just turning a knob. It has a sturdy and comfortable table-lock lever, and lever-infeed and knob-outfeed adjustment. The least expensive of the models tested, it’s the only jointer in the group that includes a rolling base.