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    Default New Carbatec BX200p bench top Jointer

    Has any taken a look at the new Carbatec bench top jointer BX200P? It seems to be well spaced at a low price. I've seen a number of people say that bench top jointers are not good but as I have never owned or used one, would you be able enlighten me?

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    I was looking into a benchtop jointer as well but I actually bought the Carbatec 8in long-bed jointer. It is a bigger machine, however unless you want to carry it around they require almost the same space in your workshop. I've got a benchtop thicknesser and what I learned is that with high revs comes lots of noise. The jointer makes 6000 revs and is really quiet and a joy to work with. Using my thicknesser on the other hand requires careful planning; I don't want to torture my neighbours more than necessary. It runs 15000 revs and is incredibly loud (it's a DeWalt tool). A massive drawback in my opinion.

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    Unless you have the budget for spiral cutter machine then thicknessers are loud. You do have to pick the right times to use them if you have neighbours.
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    I was actually looking at the jointer, not the thicknesser. My budget isn't very high, hence the interest in the new Carbatec spiral head jointer. For about $1000, I can get a 8" spiral head jointer. The downside is that it is a benchtop version. For about $300 more, I can get a long bed 8" jointer but with straight blades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TongueTied View Post
    Has any taken a look at the new Carbatec bench top jointer BX200P? It seems to be well spaced at a low price. I've seen a number of people say that bench top jointers are not good but as I have never owned or used one, would you be able enlighten me?
    I have the older 6" benchtop model with HSS straight blades and I find it very useful for my needs. I know there is some criticism of the short length of the bed but don't let that put you off as this configuration is not entirely without merit. I don't joint a lot of long stock so the bed length isn't such an issue for me, and I don't put a lot of timber through it anyway so the HSS blades aren't an issue either. In my case it was a choice between buying this and also buying a TC thicknesser of mediocre quality or buying one better quality machine, either jointer or thicknesser. As it's only a hobby I have been happy with my choice. At a pinch the table saw does a reasonable job of straightening crooked timber.

    In your case I can see the attraction of the long bed (if you have room in your shop) but I can also see the attraction of the spiral head. TC knives stay sharp a long time. I'd probably choose the shorter bed and the TC cutters but that's just my preference.

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    If you're primarily jointing long stock, a benchtop jointer is not the wisest choice... but if what you're dressing is no longer than around twice the length of the bed then it's a good alternative.

    Anything longer than around 3x the length and its' shortcomings quickly become apparent.
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