In the following 12 Inch Jointer reviews guide, we list some of the biggest and heaviest jointers on the market.
We are talking brands like Shop Fox, Powermatic, JET, Grizzly & Rikon.
A 12 inch jointer, because of how heavy and expensive they are, are really a specialty type machine for those that really need them. The extra cost does mean though that they are extremely well constructed, very precise, have noise reduction, and overall good designs like a parallelogram jointer.
It’s also worth noting that JET and Rikon actually make 12 inch 2 in 1 jointer/planer machines as well – so, if you need to plane your timber lengths and you don’t want two separate machines – these may be worth a look.
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12 Inch Jointer Reviews: List Of The Best 12 Inch Jointers On The Market
Shop Fox W1744S 12-Inch Jointer with Spiral Cutterhead
Some key features include:
- 83 inch long table
- Heavy duty design for longevity and to reduce vibration of the motor
- Spiral cutterheads offer quieter operation, leave a better finish which means less sanding, allow for more precise blade changes and tear-out in figured woods is dramatically reduced due to the spiral design. Carbide inserts can last up to ten times longer than HSS and can be rotated to a fresh edge rather than replacing the entire knife
- Parallelogram design means tables are designed to stay level throughout operation and working
- Weighs over 1000 lbs
Shop Fox W1744 12-Inch Heavy-duty Jointer
Similar to the Shop Fox W1744, except comes with a HSS straight knife cutterhead.
Grizzly G9860 The Ultimate Jointer 12 Inch Jointer
Grizzly have designed this as an industrial jointer, and some key features include:
- 80 inch long bed
- Cast iron base and table
- Close-tolerance beds
- Noise dampening system
- Weighs around 1200 lbs
Powermatic 1791307 12-Inch Jointer with Helical Cutterhead
Some features include:
- 84 inch long table
- Parallelogram design for close table-to-cutterhead proximity and fast depth of cut adjustments
- Rack and pinion adjustable cast iron fence – smooth fence adjusting
- Noise reduction using table lips
Powermatic 1791241 12-Inch Jointer with Straight Knife Cutterhead
Very similar to the Powermatic Helical Cutterhead jointer above – but with a straight knife cutterhead.
JET JJP-12HH 12-Inch Planer/Jointer with Helical Cutterhead
JET JJP-12 12-Inch Jointer Planer
You can read a review of the JET JJP-12 12 Inch Planer/Jointer here.
*Note – Rikon also do a straight cutterhead and helical cutterhead 12 inch jointer as well.
12 Inch Jointer: Buyer’s Guide
What Is A 12 Inch Jointer?
A 12 inch jointer is a wood jointer that can joint up to 12 inch wide pieces of lumber.
These jointers are usually heavy, expensive, made with extremely high quality materials and manufacturing, are very accurate and precise, have long tables, and are mainly use by production/commercial, specialty or industrial type woodworkers.
Who Is A 12 Inch Jointer For?
Those wanting a jointer that can joint wood up to 12 inches wide
Those wanting a precise and accurate jointer
Those who have space in their workshop for a jointer this big and heavy
Those wanting a high quality cut and production jointer capability
Those who want a jointer with extra long table capacity for longer pieces of timber
Who Is A 12 Inch Jointer Not For?
Those who want a cheap jointer
Those who don’t have much space in their workshop
Those who want a light jointer
Those who are only cutting up to 6 or 8 inch wide lumber
12 Inch Jointer – Bits & Accessories
Dust port reducer
Dust collector system
12 Inch Jointer: Resources
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