Are you looking for jointer and you want the cream of the crop? How does the Shopfox W1744 12″ Heavy-Duty Jointer sound? Different manufacturers make woodworking easier by designing and making tools that will add precision and excellence to your work. The average jointer will make a wood flat. 

Whilst the heavy-duty jointer gives you the ability to work on larger pieces of wood. A big cast iron fence and a long table give you the necessary space to work on larger wood. This is the perfect jointer for smooth face planing and edge jointing, with a large capacity. In this article, we look at this jointer in detail.

ShopFox W1744

Aesthetics

At face value, this jointer looks efficient, with every part meticulously put in place. The cast iron material it is made of already gives you the impression that it means business. It has a smooth cream look, thanks to the powder coating. The 13inch by 83-inch table glistens and looks ready for heavy-duty work. This machine weighs a massive 970 pounds.

Performance Review

The Flexcut W1744 heavy duty jointer has a large table so that you can work on larger projects. The tables are adjustable and this is one of the things that make this table a great buy. You can work at any height depending on your comfort level ad product specifications. To adjust the height, you have an easy to access lever. 

It has a maximum width cut of 1/8inches, a maximum rabetting depth of 3/4 inches, and a maximum width of cut of 12 inches. The heavy-duty fence has an angled gauge.  To enable smooth running, this jointer has shielded and lubricated bearings. Most importantly, this jointer has a 3 HP, 240V, single-phase, 3450 RPM, 15A motor.

Safety

Safety precautions to be taken when using this jointer. Always make use of guards. If you need to make any adjustments, make sure that the jointer is off at the power source. Also, make sure that the outfeed table is always kept even with the knives and inserts at the highest point of rotation. 

When jointing it is important to make sure that you do not cut against the grain. This will need you to have excessive force, which in turn can be the cause of kickback and consequently, injury. Also, reduce potential injury from accidental cutter head or kickback by making sure that you never work on wood that is smaller than 8 inches long 3 1/4 inches wide or 1 and 1/4 inches thick.

Who is this product ideal for?

This jointer, along with most Shopfox tools, needs to be used with extreme caution. You will have to have a certain level of skill to operate the jointer, or you risk getting hurt

Pros

  • It has a large table
  • The beds are adjustable
  • It is precise
  • It has a powerful motor

Cons

  • It is unwise to use an extension cord with the machine, so you will need to make sure that you are close to the power source. 

Our Verdict

This is a powerful jointer and we think that it is worth buying. It gives you precise heavy-duty planning and edge joining, hence making larger woodworking projects a breeze.

David D. Hughes
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