Tool Test: 8-in. Jointers
We test the Grizzly G0495X, Jet JWJ-8HH, Laguna MJOIN8012-0130, Laguna MJOIN8020-0130, Oliver 4230, Powermatic PJ-882HH, and Rikon 20-108H.
Synopsis: There’s a wide variety of jointers on the market, but for the small shop, the 8-in. jointer with a spiral cutterhead hits the mark in terms of price, footprint, and capability. Because the spiral cutterhead produces a markedly better surface than the traditional straight-knived cutterhead, Ellen Kaspern stuck to models with spiral cutterheads when testing 8-in. jointers. She assessed the models for surface quality, and ease of use, specifically how easy it was to set the fence at 90° to the tables and lock it there, and how easy it was to set the depth of cut. Models tested include the Grizzly G0495X, Jet JWJ-8HH, Laguna MJOIN8012-0130, Laguna MJOIN8020-0130, Oliver 4230, Powermatic PJ-882HH, and Rikon 20-108H.
A jointer might not be your first big tool purchase, but when you do buy one, it will make milling so much smoother. Tuned up right, jointers let…