Introduction

Jointer planer combo is as the name says a power tool that combines thickness planer and wood jointer in one device.

This machine is not necessary per se, as you could get the same result by just using a separated jointer and then the planer. Most of the woodworkers still prefer the jointer planer to be combined, as it increases efficiency and lowers the space needed to accommodate both of these tools.
Also having only one cutterhead means less time spent on its maintenance and less money spend on new knives.

These tools are rather heavy, so unlike handheld planers, you will probably use them only in your workshop.

Those not familiar with how jointer planer combo works will benefit from watching this video:

When you get your hands on a new piece of wood, it will come with many deformations as bows, twists or cups.  Some of these can be removed by using a wood planer, others by feeding it to the jointer, but all ofthem will be fixed by first utilizing the jointer planer combo.

If you only used jointer you’d end up with two sides that would be perfectly flat, but theywould not be parallel- the thickness of the board would be different indifferent places.

On the other hand, if you only used a planer, the thickness would be constant, but if you didn’t start with a perfectly flat board, you’d project the deformations on the second side.

So here comes jointer planer to the rescue! First jointing and then planing will ensure you’ll end up with the perfect plank every time.

I have reviewed most of the jointer planer combos widely available and came up with these models that performed above the rest. Here is a table with a comparison of the winners.

NameMaximum widthPriceImage 
Rikon 25-01010 inch$$$Check offer
JET JJP-1212-Inch $$$$Check offer
Ridgid JP06106-1/8-Inch$$Check offer

Rikon 25-010 Planer/Jointer

This planer is not meant for an industrial or heavy woodworking by any means, still, it found its way to the list as the best entry level jointer planer combo. If you aremerely looking for a basic planer jointer, this might just be the machine foryou.

The motor has 1.5hp and utilizes 121 volts, which is enough to create smooth finishes that willleave little to no need for additional sanding. You can plug this model to your household power. The small dimensions of the product will be sure to save you much of space, being smaller than most of the regular jointers. It is also easy both to use and convert, meaning you won’t get frustrated when you have toswitch often between planing and jointing.

The problem I have with this model is, that while the small dimensions are handy for somewhen you need to work on long planks, you’ll have a hard time. That can be fixed by getting the mobile stand or making one, but that is an additional investment which shouldn’t be the norm. The second one is the fence, setting it up to 90 degrees will take you some time and is handled rather unfortunately.

Overall this unit has great value for its price, but if you are looking for a premium pick machine, this is not it. If you are looking for an entry level planer to use on smaller projects, I highly recommand it.

Pros & Cons

  • Good value for money
  • Great finishing quality
  • Small and portable
  • Easy to convert
  • Not suitable for large planks (without the mobile stand)
  • Hard-to-set-up fence

JET JJP-12 JointerPlaner – The best money can buy

This large modelhas completely blown me away. It was the last machine I reviewed, right at atime when I thought I won’t be able to find what I am looking for in a planerjointer combo. Simply put, this machine is the best money can buy.

The motor with 3 horsepowers in combination with three high-speed steel knives provide exceptional cutting and finishing quality. Infeed table can be manipulated accurately to offer the precision you might require. The transformation from jointing to planing takes a couple of seconds, as the fence doesn’t need to be removed. Cutting depth is 1/8th of an inch for both planing and jointing, that is more than enough.

 There is simply nothing bad to be said about the function of this combo, still, there are some things to keep in mind.

This unit isheavy, and I mean if you don’t get the mobile base you will have problemsmoving it even without heavy machinery. It uses 220 V input, meaning you’llhave to get 220 V powerline set up if you already don’t have one. And lastly,the infeed and outfeed tables on the unit I reviewed were not perfectlystraight. They were withing tolerances given, but still, at this price, I wouldexpect them to be flawless. Might have been only an outlier of course.

  • Unparaleled quality
  • Great finishing quality
  • No snipe when used correctly
  • Powerful
  • Stationary (nearly impossible to move once set up)
  • 220 V powerline needed

I  would recommend this machine to any woodworker who will need it for heavy projects. This tool won’t let you down, but it comes with a heavy price tag. If you can afford it, go for it, if you are looking only for a jointer planer combo to have as a backup, you should look for a cheaper model.

Ridgid JP0610

This model surelysurprised me, as I expected nothing significant from a jointer planercombination that can be purchased for under $800. Rigid’s budget model proved mewrong. Even though it has an excellent price, it will satisfy nearly all demandsa non-industrial woodworker might have. The maximum thickness of boards thistool can work on is 6.13 inches, which has proven to be more than enough. Thepower of the motor is 1 HP, 3450 RPM and it operates at either 120 V or 240 V.That is pretty standard, and one horsepower for that power is a great deal. Butwhat I did not expect at this power was for the motor to be inductional andperfectly sealed to prevent dust contamination. It also comes with a fan,lowering the heat of the engine,  increasing the lifespan.

The things Ididn’t like were two: firstly the set up was lengthy and frustrating, so beprepared to kill a better part of a day setting this one up. Secondly; thetables were not perfectly straight, the middle was a bit higher than the ends,nothing drastic, but it still was sub-par.

  • Budget friendly
  • Perfectly sealed motor
  • Fan cooling
  • Overall great deal
  • Long set up
  • Can’t compete with the features higher priced models offer

This is an excellent pick and the best jointer planer under the RIDGID brand, and I recommend it wholeheartedly. If you choose to go with this model, be sure to look for different knives then are the standardly recommended by RIGID, they are good, but dull rather quickly. No one has yet regretted purchasing a better set of knives, as it will make your life much more comfortable.

Summary

The options are plentiful, and it can get bit overwhelming when you know you want a planer jointer combo, but don’t know what to pick. You should sit down and write your woodworking needs and budget. If you would classify yourself as a heavy woodworker, you are probably going to need a 12” or 10” model. That number references how thick board the machine can handle. If you don’t see yourself working with 12 or 10 inch-thick planks, maybe an 8” model would be enough. If you are only doing small projects, it would be a shame for you to waste money on 12” model, when you would never use its potential and what you needed was an 8” model.

Motor

Horsepowers or HP for short define the power of the unit’s engine. The higher the HP, the higher the revolutions. The higher strength of the motor means you’ll be able to remove more thickness in one pass and the quality will also be better. Don’t get fixated on it though; there are more factors to it than that.

Another parameter of the motor is the voltage, it will either be 120 or 240. The 120 V will be powered by your standard household wallplug, for the 240 V you’ll need a special power outlet.

Transformation

Also known as conversion. It means how fast, simple is the process of transforming from planing to jointing and vice versa. If you are planning to switch between planing and jointing often, then it will be a significant deciding factor. If on the other hand, you expect to only use the jointer portion for extended periods and then the planer, then it shouldn’t play a huge role in your deciding process.

Price

Next aspect is the price; I am not saying that you can not get some great tools for a low price, but the quality is going to cost you most of the time. If you don’t have enough money to spend on the model you chose, you need to decide if you need a jointer planer right now. If your answer were no, then I  would recommend waiting until you can purchase it. If you don’t need it, you have more ways to choose from. You can:

a) buy only a jointer, if you already have a planer (or vice versa)

b) look for a cheaper, entry-level combo

Just remember to do your due diligence when going with option B, as it might end up costing you even more if you choose a poorly-made machine that will end up eating away more money on repairs. Here you should remember the famous quote: “I am not rich enough to buy cheap things.”

Either way, I hope that this review has helped you when choosing the perfect model for you if you have any questions or request be sure to let me know!

Frequently asked questions

What do you use jointer planer combination for?

You use the jointer first to make one side perfectly flat and then planer to make it even thickness, resulting in a perfect plank.

Do I need jointerplaner combo?

You could get the same result with separeted jointer and power planer, but it will cost you more and the tools will take up more space.

Can a planer beused as a jointer?

No, they are two different tools. Jointer can not do what a planer does and vice versa. y47