10 Best Benchtop Jointers

  • Cutting Speed : 12,000 - 22,000 RPM
  • Motor Amperage : 10A
  • Weight : 38 lbs
  • Cutting Speed : 18,000 RPM
  • Motor Amperage : 13A
  • Weight : 74 lbs
  • Cutting Speed : 6,000 - 11,000 RPM
  • Weight : 35 lbs
  • Cutting Width : 6"

A quality benchtop jointer helps to keep the wood stable and smooth, the mark of a professional versus a novice woodworker. If you are in the market for a new benchtop jointer, you already know how important it can be to find a benchtop jointer that is balanced and helps you turn ugly, rough cut “lumberjack” wood into clean and cornered lumber.

Benchtop Jointers are popular, because they are portable and can be brought along to the worksite. Many are under 40 pounds and some of the smaller ones even come as two for one power tools as both a jointer to smooth our unsightly or blemished/warped wood, and to plane the boards to new widths and depths.

In general, Jointers are used to create boards that are of 90 degree true to the rest of the work being done. However, some designs allow for other angles to be milled on the wood and add to the value and versatility of the design. Planers are an important part of this woodworking process because, although you will be jointing the surface of the wood, the wood will need to be trued before pieces are put together, so in order to make sure that the surfaces of joining pieces are parallel and true, you will need the addition of another tool like a planer or a table saw. Having the planer built into your jointer makes quick work of projects such as this. Also, the depth of wood that you are taking off on each pass can help you to be safe as well as to maintain a superior edge to your cut. Hand crank wheels are some of the best ways that Jointers are adjusted with precision and are available on some of the best models.

With so many benchtop jointers on the market, it can be overwhelming buying a new one. Some of the best features that we looked for when comparing brands and models for this top 10 best table top jointers list were the power of the motor, the weight of the entire power tool, the the various accessories(such as angled joint fences, wheel driven depth cuts, etc.), and the overall versatility of these characteristics combined. Our team compiled a top 10 list for 2020 with the bench joiners we used and thought were best for the money and features that they offered.

We’ve broken down a buyers guide to the top ten most powerful, versatile, best benchtop Jointers. See our verdicts below along with detailed specifications for each benchtop jointer and our synopsis for its ranking.


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Top 10 Best Benchtop Jointers

1. CRAFTSMAN CMEW020 Benchtop Jointer

CRAFTSMAN CMEW020 10 Amp Benchtop Jointer

The Craftsman CMEW020 is one of the most reliable and sturdy benchtop joiners on the market. With its multiple head speeds your work becomes easier so that you can adjust the blade RPM so that it matches the exact hardness and thickness of the wood you are working with. Also, the Craftsman has a jackscrew knife for easy replacement of blades and is relatively lighter than other benchtop joiners of the same of lesser power.

Verdict: The most versatile and powerful in a compact package. Best because of its powerful 10 amp motor, variable speeds and relative lightweight.

Pros

  • Multiple cutter head speeds of 12,000-22,000 cuts per minute
  • Locked knifehead adjustment allows for easy blade replacement
  • Center mounted fence for level and balanced cut all the way to the end
  • Long table length for limited snipe
  • Relatively lightweight (under 40 lbs)
  • Motor Amperage : 10A
  • Cutting Speed : 12,000 - 22,000 RPM
  • Weight : 38 lbs

2. Jet JJP-10BTOS Benchtop Jointer

Jet JJP-10BTOS Benchtop Jointer

This beast of a benchtop jointer combines 13amps of unbeatable power with versatile depths of cutting that you can control with a precise hand wheel. The integrated cord makes wrapping up and taking off from the worksite easy. Finally, the planer has a little scale and arrow that tell you the distance from the planer table to the cutter head, helping you cut with accuracy and safety.

Pros

  • 18,000 cuts per minute
  • Rigid Steel Stand is sturdy and versatile
  • Two in one! Benchtop Jointer and Planner in one combined for efficiency
  • Largest motor of Benchtop Jointers on this list
  • Work Beast capable of fast efficient and quality work with a large quantity workload
  • Motor Amperage : 13A
  • Cutting Speed : 18,000 RPM
  • Max Cutting Width : 10"
  • Weight : 74 lbs

3. PORTER-CABLE PC160JT Benchtop Jointer

PORTER-CABLE PC160JT Benchtop Jointer

This little pro quality benchtop joiner is able to be transported quite easily, as it is one of the lightest in this list. It also has jackknife blades that are easy to replace and packs a large amount of RPM power considering the relatively light weight. The center mounted head make cutting accurately easy and the variable speed range that this tool offers allows you to always stay in control of the work you are doing, whether it be at home or on the job site.

Pros

  • Easy to replace blades
  • Built-In cutter head lock
  • Accurate cutting with center mounted head
  • Variable speeds for various wood types and cuts
  • Lightweight
  • Cutting Speed : 6,000 - 11,000 RPM
  • Weight : 35 lbs
  • Max Cutting Width : 6"

4. Powermatic 1610086K Model 60HH Benchtop Jointer

Powermatic 1610086K Model 60HH Benchtop Jointer

This jointer brings professional quality to your work shop. With long table and dove tailed ways you have enough work space to really use the helical blades for a smooth professional superior finish when cutting. Also this has an easy to access on off switch for safety and convenience and a fully enclosed body made of steel for extra safety and convenience.

Pros

  • Superior Cutting from helical cutterhead
  • Very quiet machine!
  • Extra workspace with extended tables
  • Smoother wheel operated gear system
  • 2 HP engine one of the most powerful for industrial sized jobs
  • Motor Horsepower : 2 HP
  • Max Cutting Width : 8"
  • Weight : 490 lbs

5. LAGUNA TOOLS 8″ Parallelogram Jointer 

LAGUNA TOOLS 8″ Parallelogram Jointer 

This jointer has a parallelogram support system which makes it so that the operator can move the table in the same direction as the blade whether it is raised or lowered. This gives a consistent edge thin clearance to the slicing blade and acts as a easier to use chip breaker. The cabinet is wrapped in steel and confined so that it will stay clean when working and around dust. And the cutter head is designed in a modular way for consistency.

Pros

  • Parallelogram with crank adjustment makes cutting angles and with Arc easier and more precise
  • 2 year manufacturer's warranty
  • Arm-level on switch for safety and convenience
  • Most Powerful Motor on this list for industrial scale jobs
  • Confined cabinet in steel body keeping fragile working parts clean of dust
  • Motor Horsepower : 3 HP
  • Motor Amperage : 13A
  • Cutterhead RPM : 5,000 RPM
  • Max Cutting Width : 8"

6. Delta 6" Benchtop Jointer 37-071

Delta 6 Benchtop Jointer 37-071

Cutting Speed: 20k

Weight: 76lbs

Best Features:

  • 76 pounds heavy with two handles make this a small but durable and stable device
  • Fence support made of cast iron for stability and accurate cutting
  • Easy to use adjustable positive stops at 90 degrees and 45 degrees
  • Heaviest; sturdy
  • Most powerful 6 inch benchtop

Verdict: Heavy Duty 6 Incher

Even the fence is made from cast iron on this very heavy duty benchtop joiner. For basically the same price as other 6 inch models, you can use the blades of this tool as they cut at over 20k cuts per minute. The positive stops of 90 degrees and 45 degrees are easy to adjust and make joint work a snap. And the adjustable cutting depth of up to 1/8” is precise and safe.

Pros

      7. JET 708457DXK JJ-6CSDX 6-Inch 1 HP Jointer with Quick-Set Knive System

      JET 708457DXK JJ-6CSDX 6-Inch 1 HP Jointer with Quick-Set Knive System

      The customer service and warranty available for this product is unparalleled. They offer 40,000 parts replacement warehouses with a 5 year customer satisfaction warranty. Also, this design is an enclosed steel frame, adding to durability, stability and safety. The handwheels are oiled precision tools for fine work and cutting depth settings. Step up your game to the level of a workmanship master.

      Pros

      • Great brand and customer service
      • Reliability backed by companies 40,000 replacement parts
      • Enclosed steel cabinet for stability and safety
      • Long cast-iron table for stability
      • Handwheels for adjustable setting and smooth workmanship
      • 3 knife cutting head for longer life than 2 knife heads.
      • Motor Horsepower : 1 HP
      • Motor RPM : 6,000 RPM
      • Max Cutting Width : 6"
      • Weight : 237 lbs

      8. RIKON Power Tools 20-600H 6" Benchtop Jointer with Helical Cutter head

      RIKON Power Tools 20-600H 6 Benchtop Jointer with Helical Cutter head

      This power tool is a benchtop jointer with a lightweight design, making it compact and probably the most easily transportable compared to any of the other products in this list. With two push blocks and 12 double edge insert cutters, this benchtop jointer can get the job done and keep the cut steady and smooth in basically any setting.

      Pros

      • 2 insert cutters for precision cutting
      • All metal construction for durability and stability
      • Spring-loaded safety guard
      • Easy to access on/off switch for safety
      • Max Cut Width : 6"
      • Weight : 36 lbs

      9. Grizzly Industrial G0725-6" x 28" Benchtop Jointer

      Grizzly Industrial G0725-6 x 28 Benchtop Jointer

      The small body and sturdy cast iron casing design make the Grizzly Industrial a great choice for the worksite. A built-in dust collector cleans up after you keeping you focused on precision cutting from the 2 cutter blades.

      Pros

      • 1.5 horsepower motor
      • 2 cutter head knives for superior cutting
      • Built-in dust collection
      • Small design in cast iron and aluminum able to handle big jobs; sturdy
      • Motor Horsepower : 1.5 HP
      • Max Cutting Width : 6"

      10. Jet JJP-8BT 8" Jointer/Planer Combo

      Jet JJP-8BT 8 Jointer:Planer Combo

      Heaviest of the midrange jointers on this list, this 8-inch marvel is a jointer with a level and long tabletop made to create superior planed boards without the hassle of snipe and mess. The housing of this jointer is encased, keeping vital parts clean and dust-free. Simply wrap the cord and move back into the corner of your shop when done using it.

      Pros

      • 2-in-1 Jointer and planer
      • Wrap up cord inside housing for easy clean up and portability
      • Reduce snipe with extra-long tabletop
      • Most Powerful motor of benchtop jointers
      • 3HP motor!
      • Motor Horsepower : 3 HP
      • Motor Amperage : 13A
      • Motor RPM : 6,000 RPM
      • Max Cutting Width : 8"
      • Weight : 67 lbs

      Benchtop Jointer Buyer’s Guide

      Jointers and benchtop jointers are a needed addition to any woodworking and framing project. They also work in tandem with planers, which is why we added several of the combinations fo jointers and planers and even stand alone jointers to this list. Overall, you are looking for quality cutting blades that are easy to replace, and a machine that is easy to function with precision. The quality of the cut you do with your jointer into any piece of wood depends on several factors.

      Table length: Longer tables can help to wrangle longer boards and provide support against getting snipe of tear-off from stubborn boards.

      Rotating blades vs. cutting knives: Multiple cutting knives on a jointer is a common feature, giving power to the cut. However, rotating multiple blades aid in working through a piece of wood with stubborn tear out and can usually give more superior quality cuts.

      Accessories: Easy to use wheel driven depth cutting tools are more precise than other models. Also, accessories to jointers include things like dust collection, which can help to keep the worksite, the shop, and even the internal components of the jointer clean and without malfunction. The enclosed casing of some jointers also protects against unwanted dust in the internal workings of the machine.

      Power: The horsepower and amperage of the jointer can influence the size of job that it can handle and the quality of the cuts made. Some wood requires higher speeds of RPM’s to cut with precision and without chipping, breakage, or snipe. The power of the machine increases the likelihood that you can handle larger jobs. Being able to dial up and down the power of the cutting blades helps to adjust to various cutting jobs, which is a versatility most woodworkers are looking for.

      Composition of Parts

      The materials used to make jointers and benchtop jointers are usually based on two things: durability and portability. Certain models may be heavier and made of steel parts or even have their internal working encased in steel to protect them from damage and dirtiness. However, these benchtop jointers are heavier and not as portable, taking away from their appeal to be used at whichever worksite you happen to be on for the day. Other benchtop jointers replace some heavy steel components with aluminum ones, making them lighter and more portable. Even others do not offer casings for the internal parts of the benchtop jointer making them susceptible to malfunction from the dust of cutting. These lightweight benchtop jointers without the casing would be more protected with automated dust collection systems built into them.

      Projects for benchtop jointers are numerous, but some of the most common jobs require fixing pieces of wood so that they can be joined with other pieces to complete the project. Here are the 4 most common ways to use a jointer:

      1. Face Jointing: As wood settles after milled, it has a tendency to warp slightly. Face jointing smooths that bend on the board and keep a smooth face on the board.
      2. Edge jointing: The degree of the crown on board can vary, but with edge jointing, you can shave off the edge to create a virtually seamless connecting point with another piece of wood.
      3. Chamfer: Allow the fence to be 45 degrees and cut boards for framing.
      4. Taper: Make skilled and pivoted pieces for furniture with easy taping and measurement.

      Worksite Benchtop Jointers

      Portability is key for benchtop jointers that are to be used in various places and moved from worksite to worksite. Some of the most important features of a worksite benchtop jointer are:

      • Lightweight Benchtop Jointers. Look for ones that weigh less than 40 pounds.
      • Handles and Portability are a must, so look for the easy to access and use handles that make carrying the benchtop jointer easier.
      • Variable blade cutting speeds. Since you will be on the worksite, you may be up against a variety of cutting and jointing jobs over the course of the week or even the day. Having the versatility of various cutting speeds allows you to tackle most any job with your benchtop jointer with precision and capable function.

      Home Benchtop Jointers

      The home benchtop Jointer can provide a professional quality of cutting in a small package that is perfect for your garage or workshop space. Some of the most important features of a home benchtop jointer are:

      • Accessories that help. Not being a professional woodworker can make overly complicated or powerful benchtop jointers intimidating. Look for the ones that have accessories that aid in cutting with skill like precision wheel knobs for depth of cutting and built in vacuum dust cleaning systems that keep the machine clean and malfunction free for you.
      • Easy to replace knives. The blades or knives on a benchtop jointer can be daunting to replace or sharpen yourself. With at home jobs for benchtop jointers, the best cutting tool is the rotating blade because it can easily be replaced with a jackscrew knife. The cutting knives on other benchtop jointers need to be sharpened, which takes more time and skill.
      • Table Length can be too long. Unless you are cutting boards for a complete house remodel, the chances are that you will not need the extended tables that some of the larger benchtop jointers provide. Finding a model with a folding table or a smaller one overall will help with space saving in your workplace at home.

      Workshop Benchtop Jointers

      The workshop is a combination of power and versatility. Some of the benchtop jointers in a workshop may never move, so weight is not an issue. Instead, the professional quality is important and the ability to do larger jobs can mean the difference between a contract and a repeat customer or not.

      • Power for every project.Since weight is not an issue for benchtop jointers that will mostly remain in place in the workshop, you should think about adding a little more horsepower to your cutting. Variable speeds that go up to 20 thousand RPM’s are some of the most powerful on this list and can make quick work of even the largest industrial wood cutting jobs.
      • Table length for those unique cuts. Again, size and weight aren’t really an option, so any of the benchtop jointers above 50lbs are fine. These are usually the benchtop jointers that offer extended, longer tables for cutting long boards and reducing snipe, which can lead to poor quality cuts and less precision, not to mention dangerous situations.
      • Accessories that add quality. Accessories that add quality to your projects, like the angled fence for various jointing angles and the addition of planers built in to your jointer add quality to your jobs and reduce time, making you more productive. Also, consider built in vacuum cleaning systems or encased internal parts with steel casing to keep your benchtop jointer clean and limit your need to sweep and clean yourself, also saving you time and, ultimately money. Accessories that have you focusing more on the task at hand can add to the quality of the workmanship and have you creating repeat customers.
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