Planer Jointer Combo

Also known as a surface planer, a jointer planer is used as a wood working machine, producing flat surfaces along the length of the board.

Its primary function is to produce flat edges on the board prior to joining the edge part of the wood to produce a wider board. A jointer has a frame with mounted circular knife shafts, a table, cutter head, a guide, and feed mechanism. The jointer and planer are usually separated and can consume a large amount of space. The jointer planer combo is a machine that has a 12inch combination of functions that can handle any type of wood and can save space since it is built in a single machine.

It has gained its popularity in woodworking in the recent years since people find it more convenient to work with a machine that is functional and produces excellent wood products.

Like any other equipment, the planer jointer combo may have disadvantages even though it contains a 12- in built in machine.

It would always be best to weigh the pros and cons when choosing the right jointer planer.

Pros of having a jointer planer combo

1. It can save sufficient space

Since it is a built in one machine, the space can be saved up to 50% compared to having 2 separated machines.

2. It is considered a one stop machine for woodworkers

The jointer and planer combo machines contain 12 –in machine functions that can sustain any wood and thickness. It is a jointer and at the same time, a planer, all in one machine.

3. It is cost-effective

Expenses can be saved up to 50 % to 60 % since planer and jointer machines are built in a single machine. The price of the machine is much lower compared to buying two separated machines of a jointer and a planer.

4. It offers an excellent surface finishing

Because of its fine wood cutting mechanism, the finished product has a smooth finishing compared to a general machine.

5. It works on any type of wood

Any type of wood such as the maple, white oak, and cherry can be fed into the machine with an impressive result.

6. It is easy to calibrate and use

The jointer and planer combo machine has featured 2 feed rollers, an anti kickback fingers support, and a thickness scale.

7. It is easy to switch on and operate

It would only take 30 second to switch on the machine and does not need heating of the engine. Digital control and calibrations are provided, making it easier to set and operate.

Drawbacks of having a jointer planer combo

1. Not suitable for long boards

Long boards with a length of more than 12 inches cannot be accommodated in the bed of the machine. The longest length of the machine is calibrated to 12 inches only. It would be necessary to cut a long board before it can be processed into the machine.

2. Changing of machine would take time

Some manufactured J/P combo machines may have a non functional release fence or flip up tables. Assistance may be required and would take time to finish a long board. It would also require changing the table back and forth between the two functions since it is built on the same machine. The change over mechanism has been one of the greatest problems by woodworkers since it is the most abused or over used part of the machine.

3. Setting the machine would be an effort

Settings cannot be kept or registered by the machine when it is turned off. It would require for the user to set it all over again for the next day’s work.

4. Takes time to feed long boards

The machine has a power level of 3hp, which would take time to feed a long board one after the other. It would be much faster if the power level is up to 5 hp.


The jointer planer combo machine will definitely make things easier for a woodworker since the wood work is done in a single machine.

Such combination is more convenient to operate than having two different machines working at the same time. It is always important to consider the pros and cons when choosing the appropriate type of planer and jointer combo machine since the main goal is to have a smooth and clean product and at the same time, easy to use.