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8-in. Jointer 80-200

General - 8-in. Jointer 80-200

The General has an almost perfectly flat table and pull-out roller extensions on both ends to add support for long boards.

$1,300 (As of 12/1/2005)

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Editor's Review: 8-in. Jointers Under $1,400

by William Duckworth

review date: December 1, 2005

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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Editor Test Results:

Average Table Flatness 0.001 in.
Table Alignment (width/length) 0.000/0.0025 in.
Noise Level 93 db.

Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer General
Manufacturer's Web Site www.general.ca
Manufacturer's Phone Number 1-888-949-1161
Bed Size 9 in. x 67 in. (not including extensions)
Fence Size 3-7/8 in. x 38-1/4 in.
Motor Size 1-1/2 hp
Number of Knives 3
Optional Cutterhead Yes

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