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6-in. Jointers BW-6R

Bridgewood - 6-in. Jointers BW-6R

This jointer was discontinued and replaced by the Yorkcraft YC-6J 6-in. jointer

$399 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 6-Inch Jointers

by William Duckworth

review date: October 25, 2005

A 6-in. jointer is a good starter size for a workshop, so I chose 11 models to examine, all of which happened to be made in either Taiwan or the People's Republic of China. The only significant differences among them were in the fence designs and the mechanisms by which you raise and lower the infeed and outfeed tables.

With a jointer, you want infeed and outfeed tables that are flat and coplanar to each other, meaning that the tables should run parallel from one end of the machine to the other.  To function properly, the surface of the outfeed table must be flush with the top arc of the knife cut and perfectly parallel to the full width of the knife cut as well as to the surface of the infeed table.

Among these machines, you can choose from four fence designs, my favorite of which is the rack-and-pinion, because adjustments are quick and easy to make, and you can move the fence in and out with one hand.

The Bridgewood came with a good step-by-step instruction manual, complete with decent photos of the actual machine that was delivered, which was not the case with all the machines I reviewed. The griding on the tables was extremely flat, but the fence was not as flat.

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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Bridgewood
Manufacturer's Web Site www.wilkemach.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 800-235-2100
Horsepower 1 hp

I've had the Bridgewood 6" jointer for over 10 years and it has been perfect without any issues at all. I'm a weekend woodworker sticky as a hobby and this jointer as served me very well. There has been a few times that I wished I had an 8" jointer but I have always made due. The 4" dust collection port works very well and the infeed and outfeed table have stayed flat over the long hall. The finish has held up without any issues. Believe it or not I have never replaced the blades they have lasted a VERY long time, but I can tell they really need replacing now after making a large project out of a lot of hardwood maple and padauk, so I'm looking for some good replacement blades or I may try to have them sharpened. 12/06/2009 A.J.

I love this jointer

Nice jointer. Hasn't blown up yet.

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