The Shopfox W1860 is an 8 by 76-inch jointer that has a parallelogram design with a helical cutter head and mobile base. Its motor is a single phase 3 horsepower, 220-volt motor, that will give you precise edge jointing and face flattening. 

It has a 1/8 inch rabbeting capacity and a center-mounted fence. Your days of looking for jointer with a very long infeed and outfeed are over. This machine will be your one-stop-shop. 

Shopfox W1860

Aesthetics

The ShopFox W1860 has a table that measures 9 inches by 76 inches, and fences mounted in its center. It has a built-in mobile base, and it looks compact with everything neatly in its place.

The base is black whilst the stand is white with a powder-coated finish. The table has a parallelogram design and a 4-inch dust port along with a built-in dust chute to make your work more efficient. 

Performance Review

This jointer can make an impressive 22 000 cuts per minute. This is more than most jointers on the market. It has a very long infeed table, measuring 40 inches. 

You can adjust the table height by using the levers on the machine. This lets you work at a height that is comfortable for you. Both the infeed and outfeed tables can be adjusted so that you get even more precise cuts. 

It is important to note while ShopFox has the W1859 which is eerily similar to the W1860, the two have their differences. The W1859 has a 4-knife cutter head with high-speed steel knives. whilst the W1860 has a helical cutter head with 4 helical and 36 indexable carbide inserts.

Safety

Safety is key when dealing with equipment such as the W1860. Shop Fox makes sure that the manual clearly instructs and spells out how to prepare to use the machine. 

The “on” and “stop” switch is easily accessible and very visible. This is not just about convenience but it is also a safety feature because you can quickly reach out and switch off the machine in the case of an emergency.

Always make sure that when you operate the jointer, all the guards are on. Using the machine without guards is very dangerous and that can cause serious injury. Always make sure that you use sharpened knives. Anything dull or unsharpened can be dangerous to cut with.

Who is this product ideal for?

This jointer is best used by trained operators. The reason being that if you are not skilled enough to use it, you could hurt yourself. There are safety precautions that need to be taken to avoid issues such as kickbacks. 

Pros

  • It is a durable machine
  • The infeed and outfeed tables are very long
  • Adjustable height
  • Powerful motor

Cons

  • can be dangerous if you do not know how to use it
  • very heavy to move around

Our Verdict

The W1860 has the added advantage of having very long infeed and outfeed tables, which helps you work on larger projects. It is also a precise jointer that will adequately flatten surfaces as you need. This is another great buy from Shop Fox that we recommend for your workshop.

David D. Hughes
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