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  • This is a fairly standard home-owner-grade single-speed bench-top jointer. The tables and fence a...
  • April 27, 2019
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This is a fairly standard home-owner-grade single-speed bench-top jointer. The tables and fence are aluminum, the body is plastic, making it fairly lightweight and portable, but that means you need to clamp it down securely for anything but the smallest jobs. The fence was easily adjusted square after assembly, and the tables and cutter needed no adjustment that I could detect. Cuts as well as a machine this size is going to, and good enough. If you want better, you're going to have to spend a whole lot more. As with any tool, getting good results is more up to the user than the machine. The dust port is about 2-1/4". Unfortunately there seems to be no standard at all for these things, hunt down the plumbing aisle and you can probably make some sort of adapter for your vacuum. Or use the big bag that is supplied. Comes with two pushers, one stick-type and one pad. Noise-wise, I was expecting a small high-speed motor like this to be a real screamer, but it is not as bad as I expected. This is not the first Wen power tool I have, and they seem to be making a good compromise between cost and quality for the homeowner. If I was using it every day, I'd want something bigger and more solidly built (no plastic.) But for occasional use it will do a good job without breaking the bank.

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  • This is the Wen, model 6559, 6” benchtop jointer. The first thing I did after setting it up (whic...
  • April 20, 2019
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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.

Pros Accurate, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight Cons difficult in-feed table adjustment

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Salt Lake City, UT
65 or over, Male
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  • I realize it's been only 2 days, but I LOVE this thing.... I have a small Etsy shop making pet pr...
  • May 06, 2019
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I realize it's been only 2 days, but I LOVE this thing.... I have a small Etsy shop making pet products that are, essentially, tall frames. With the constantly out-of-square stock I was getting, my miters were all over the place. And skimming 8' long pieces on the table saw to square them up can be annoying. For the price, this thing is amazing. I've used it on 1x3 and 1x5 oak, poplar, pine and aspen. Everything has squared up so nicely- my miters are looking better than ever. The only issue I had is the angle indicators on the backside of the fence would not allow the fence to fully clamp tight. I had to bend them in slightly with pliers. All is great now. I will make a 'mounting plate' out of 3/4 ply. I'll put a rib on one edge that will sit in the miter slot of my Ridgid table saw. Truly couldn't be happier.

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  • Another great DIYer tool from WEN. I have come to respect WEN as a company that makes reasonably ...
  • May 06, 2019
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Another great DIYer tool from WEN. I have come to respect WEN as a company that makes reasonably priced tools for your average hobbyist/DIYer and this bench top jointer is no exception. Most WEN tools I have are ‘out of the box’ ready to use, this one did take about 20-30 minutes to set up, mostly due to squaring the fence and getting adjustment levers correct (the unit also had a relatively heavy covering of machine oil one it that had to be cleaned off). You do have to check that the indeed and outfield table are coplanar/level and the cutter is flush to the outfield table; mine were but IF you have to adjust them, be prepared for some work (Note: these are set at the factory and the unit is packaged so well, I don’t expect this to be something you will have to do). Once assembled and checked it was immediately ready for use, which I put it to. The jointer worked great; it is not too loud, easy to use (once I got used to it), and gave me great results on a small display shelf I was making, including a 30 degree bevel, and the square edge was perfectly so. I did get a little snipe initially; this came mostly from a) poor feed rate on my part and b) not following the grain when jointing. I recommend that you find some videos on the web on how to use a jointer if you have not before. Unit is powerful enough for all that I have thrown at it so far, or expect to. It can make cuts up to 1/8 in in depth, but I have kept my cuts to 1/64 to 1/32 of an inch; while it takes more passes, it gives much cleaner and controlled results. Convenient sized jointer, it is easy to pick up and move around, and is small enough that you could take it in your car to a job site if you wished. The dust collection is surprisingly good; I used the included dust bag and had no mess. The indeed and outfeed tables are smoothish, but after an hour of use did get a little tacky; using a little polish or wax helped. Only drawback is that the outfield table is a little short (14 in) and will be a problem with some of the longer pieces; I will definitely have to look into making an extension or support of some kind (actually, I devised a way to mount this to my miter saw stand, so problem is solved at least for now). the fence does not always move smoothly, but does stay square on movement. All in all, a nice unit for the price and recommended for the home hobbyist or DIYer.

Pros Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Powerful Cons short out feed table, fence doesn't always move smoothly

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profcah

San Marcos, CA
55 to 64, Male
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  • Right out of the box, another WEN tool, ready for use. A few screws to loosen and retighten and ...
  • April 18, 2019
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Right out of the box, another WEN tool, ready for use. A few screws to loosen and retighten and ready for Jointing. The fence went on easy and once squared, the guage was dead on 90 degrees. I ran a board through it and at 1/32 of an inch the blades are sharp and made little work out of the face job on the board. My only issue is the dust bag took a little to get on and trying to use one of three shop vacuums, niether of them fit the dust collection adaptor . I will find something that works.

Pros Accurate, Easy to Use, Sturdy

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JOHN

seminole florida
65 or over, Male
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  • Works great, used it several times already with very good...
  • May 29, 2019

Works great, used it several times already with very good results. I did have to get an adapter from Home depot to hook up my shop vac but that was only around $5.

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  • The blades stopped spinning after 30 minutes of use. The...
  • July 01, 2020

The blades stopped spinning after 30 minutes of use. The motor spun but the blades didn't. Very disappointing !!

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  • The wen 6" benchtop jointed is made pretty good and easily assembled. The only thing you have to ...
  • April 17, 2019
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The wen 6" benchtop jointed is made pretty good and easily assembled. The only thing you have to do is assembly the fence and attach it to the base. The unit was pretty dead on accurate right out of the box, just needed some fine tuning which is very easy and straight forward. The jointer produces a very good and smooth cut, I have yet to have any chipping or snipe. Being a bench top unit it is very easily able to be brought out to a jobsite for fine turning installation of cabinet parts if needed or just being able to put it up on a shelf if work space is at a premium which it usually is.

Pros Accurate, Durable, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Light Weight, Powerful, Sturdy, great dust collection, Portable Cons short bed
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wll1630

35 to 44, Male
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  • This little Wen 6 Inch Benchtop Jointer was a great addition to my small but growing shop, I was ...
  • November 05, 2019
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This little Wen 6 Inch Benchtop Jointer was a great addition to my small but growing shop, I was building a coffee table top and I needed precise joining to make it look professional. It did the job great! Setup wasn't very difficult at all and took me maybe 20 minutes.The base is plastic didn't care much for that but for the price point I'm not complaining. The 2 1/2 vacuum outlet is exactly 2 1/2 inches which means you will have to devise some sort of adapter to use a vac.Adjust of depth of cut is super easy and accurate as well. For hobbyist Its a great machine and should do nicely. If your going to do any type of commercial application I would think you need a bigger heavier duty machine. But for its intended purpose it is awesome and I would recommend this jointer. By the way the weight is not bad either its easy to carry around, I sit mine on my table saw when using it, And the height seems perfect to me.

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Perryman

55 to 64, Male
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  • Excellent machine. I've ran all types of wood through it and it hasn't hesitated or bogged down a...
  • June 24, 2020
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Excellent machine. I've ran all types of wood through it and it hasn't hesitated or bogged down and the boards come out amazing on the other side.

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Melissa

35 to 44, Female
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