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    Hi All,
    I am after advice about which jointer I should buy. Here is the list of jointers I am trying to decide between.
    Hafco woodmaster PJ-6B-Bench Planer jointer or PT-6-Planer Jointer
    Sherwood 6" bench top jointer, cabinet jointer or standard jointer
    Carbatec 200mm spiral head benchtop jointer
    Rikon 6" bench top joiner with spiral head cutter block
    Leda MB-152 6" basic surface planer.
    I know this is a wide list but I am leaning towards the models with cast iron tables and fences.
    Any thoughts on some or all of these would be very helpful. There are limited reviews if any on these tools.
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    I would certainly consider any of them that has the helical head. This takes away the need to adjust blades when changing or sharpening them. If any of them have the spiral helical head that is even better. I converted mine from the old blade system to a spiral helical head recently and couldn't be happier.
    The way manufacturers describe their heads can be quite confusing as some will say they have helical heads and others will say a spiral head and often they mean the same thing.
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    My write up on the 200mm carbatec is Carbatec 8" - 200mm Benchtop Jointer review this also has a link to the 6" version review.

    With such a wide options list it comes more down to just how much space do you have to put a long bed floor standing unit or do you need a bench mount.

    Certainly glad I got the 200mm over the 150 versions.... I would not trade the width just to get cast iron on a 6" BUT and it's a big but if I had the money and the space then a 8" cast iron table model with some form of spiral head would take the bench units place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    I would certainly consider any of them that has the helical head.
    I am on a budget and helical heads certainly pumps up the price. What is more important?, the type of cutters or what the tables and fence are made from. I could always upgrade to helical cutters; from research, they are around $600.00.

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    Look for a good secondhand one, I bought this for $600, it does everything I need, easily.

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    Thanks Aussiephil,
    That was a good review. Looks like I might get one as well. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by riverbuilder View Post
    look for a good secondhand one, i bought this for $600, it does everything i need, easily.

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    look for a good secondhand one, i bought this for $600, it does everything i need, easily.
    240v?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treecycle View Post
    240v?
    no itís 3 phase. However, the motor is standard size 2 hp, which I can buy in 240 v for about $200, and easily change over if I needed to, then onsell the original motor for $80 or so. Still a cheap, solid, no nonsense machine for the money. I have 3 phase in my current workspace so itís fine.

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