This is the Wen, model 6559, 6” benchtop jointer. The first thing I did after setting it up (which is really quick and easy—basically, you just attach the fence) is to check the fence for square to the bed. Mine was off slightly but it’s very easy to adjust—in no time I had it set to exactly 90 degrees. The next check was to see if the in-feed table was coplanar with the out-feed table (see Photo 1). Fortunately, it was perfect, because if you need to adjust it, it looks like you’re in for a nightmare. All the adjustment screws are accessed from the bottom (after you remove the bottom plate). Wen’s manual tells you to remove the fence and turn the unit upside-down, and remove the bottom plate to get to the screws. But then, how do you tell when you have it adjusted correctly? Turn it back over, check it, and repeat until right? This would quite a pain. I would think it would be easier to support the unit right-side up (with the bottom plate removed) in such a way so you can reach underneath to make the adjustments, and then you can check it from above. Anyway, I hope I never have to do this. I didn’t take any star off for this.
The jointer has a 2 1/2” dust port, but you cannot connect it directly to a 2 1/2” hose (it does come with its own dust collection bag, but I won’t be using it). I had to use a 2”x2” flexible coupling (also called a no-hub coupling or hubless coupling, see Photo 2). The coupling makes it very easy to attach and remove the dust collection hose.
For a small, light weight jointer, it does a really nice job. For my first test cut, I took a very rough piece of mahogany and jointed the face, taking very shallow 1/32” cuts. In three passes I had a perfect face. Then, putting that face against the fence, I jointed the edge. Two passes gave me a fine edge. Then I checked the corner between the jointed face and jointed edge for square and it was perfect. And that’s all I expect from any jointer. I was duly impressed. Because of its size and weight, I consider this a portable jointer, so I wish it had some built-in handles to make carrying it easier—I don’t like lifting it by the bed, so I reach under the bed and cradle it by the dust port and the in-feed adjustment knob. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
Accurate, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight
difficult in-feed table adjustment