Thinking about buying the Shopfox W1858 Dovetail Jointer with Helical Cutterhead & Mobile Base? This jointer boasts of an extra-long bed and this allows you to work on larger projects.

The machine also has a pedestal mounted magnetic switch as well as a built-in mobile base. The stand is on cast iron wheels. This attests to its durability and longevity. 

This 8-inch jointer is an affordable machine that delivers quality cuts. It has a powerful 3HP motor, that will be sure to deliver the power you need. It is a good buy, especially for the price.

ShopFox W1858

Aesthetics

The parallelogram design table is long and very effective for larger projects. It measures 8 inches by 72 inches. The jointer has a very visible mounted magnetic switch. The fence measures 4-5/8inches by 38inches. The mobile base centers on the entire machine. It has the Shop Fox logo on the side. 

The on of button is more of a paddle. It is positioned in such a way that it is easy to push.

Performance Review

This jointer has 36 cutterhead inserts and a rabetting capacity of 1/2 inch. It can make an impressive 22 000 cuts per minute. It also has a good dust collector. This is necessary to ensure that there are not too many chips obstructing you as you work. 

The W1858-8INCH has a 4inch dust port with a built-in dust chute. There is also a lever to adjust the height and this will let you work on the jointer at whatever height is good for you. The fence system uses positive stops at +/- 45 degrees and 90 degrees. Its maximum depth of cut is 1/8 inches. 

Safety

The cutter head has a guard and you need to make sure that you keep your fingers safe as you work by keeping it on. The cutter head guard stays on until it comes in contact with the wood, which then pushes it out of the way. 

Never work on wood that does not meet the minimum dimension requirements. This can help avoid injury from accidents like kickbacks. Before you can start working, make sure that you are using sharp knives and also make sure that you are using the right stock. Blunt, improper tools can cause injury. 

Who is this product ideal for?

Jointing and planing is not something that can be done by an absolute novice. You need to have an appreciation of what goes into the work at hand. It can be very dangerous when it is not done properly. 

Pros

  • It has a very long infeed table, of 40 inches
  • It is durable
  • Has a sturdy construction
  • It has a depth gauge
  • It has safety locks to keep 

Cons

  • It is very heavy and not easy to move.

Our Verdict

A good jointer, like the dovetail jointer from shop fox, has a lot of space and versatility. Plaining will be an easy and happy experience. This jointer has the motor capacity and table space to make the best cuts. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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