While the Standard 6in Jointer does the job well for a reasonable price, there are a few areas of improvement that makes this unit a pleasure to own, and if you can stretch the budget, is well worth the upgrade.
Taking its queue from the 8in Jointer in some respects, it sits one a welded one-piece cabinet base that supports the jointer securely on the floor. While there is a small amount of flex in the open leg stand of the Standard 6in Jointer, this cabinet base securely supports the jointer table for all operations. It has the single 4in integral dust port for efficient waste extraction and it houses the 1HP induction motor securely, reduce overall machine vibration and providing a smoother cut.
The cutterhead is now supported by Sherwood-specified Japanese SKF bearings, for a smoother and quieter operation with lower friction - improving service life and performance.
The jointer is still the same classic wedge-bed design that has been in service for decades and is still used by all the major brands of jointers of this size because of its dependability. The bed itself and matching bedway on the tables are precision-machined multiple times over a number of days to allow the cast iron to settle and stabilize, then once assembled - the tables are again machined and polished over days for the same reason - so that each jointer bed has perfectly matched infeed and outfeed tables. With a 1.2m length, this jointer will comfortably straighten work pieces up to 2.4m long.
The handwheels are now located at the front of the machine and made from cast iron that are polished and painted, making it easier to adjust both tables by gaining greater access to the adjustment than having to reach under the table.
It still has the same traditional camlock block-and-key design - providing a solid secure base that holds the fence in place when locked, whilst still allowing quick release and repositioning. As the fence on this unit is lighter than the big fence found on the 8in model, this is still easily performed. The fence can be tilted up to 45° to plane bevelled edges with an integral stop built in for 45° and 90° for quick and easy adjustment.
The third major update over the Standard 6in Jointer is that the switch is conveniently located at about elbow height with a quick-stop paddle that makes it easy to turn off even with your hands full - similar to the 8in model.
While on their own the updates are nice-to-haves, taken as a whole, along with the excellent fit and finish of this machine, you will find it perfect for a home workshop where a reasonable amount of work is being done for a number of years.
|# of Belts
|# of Blades
||1175 x 190mm
||730 x 125mm
|Max Planing Capacity
||155 x 3.2mm
||16 x 13mm
|Dust Port Diameter
Upgrade your standard cutterhead to a CTS spiral head! Click here for more info on CTS spiral heads available separately. Price for jointer with spiral head fitted listed below.
Please note that due to the shipping weight of this machine that a tailgate drop fee of $80.00 may need to be charged. Please see our Freight & Returns for more information.
Looking for replacement blades? Purchase the TBJ-6-BL on the 6in Standard Jointer Page.