Jointer/Planer combos are unfortunately both rare and often lackluster, underperforming compared to dedicated members of either tool. Still, there are a few gems shining in the rough, which I’ll be spotlighting today. If you’re in a hurry, this one is my pick for the best:


In a Rush? My Top Pick:

Grizzly G0634Z with Spiral Cutter Head


Top Planer Jointer Combos on the Market


How do I Choose the Right One?

For Jointer/planer combos you’re looking at all of the things you want in a planer or jointer, plus one feature in the combo that will make your life easier.

Power

Blades

Size

Conversion


3 Top Rated Jointer Planer Combo Reviews

Grizzly G0634Z Planer/Jointer with Spiral Cutter head, 12"

This is the best it gets when it comes to planer/jointer combos, and it’s actually a pretty good example of both.

A 12 inch width capacity, with an 1/8 inch depth of cut from its 32 carbide insert spiral cutterhead (5 horsepower, 220 volts with 5034 RPM from the motor, totaling up to 20, 136 cuts per minute) round out a great set of basic stats both sides of the combo share. They can be easily swapped from one to the other by simply removing the fence and flipping the jointer table up (or the same in reverse), with the jointer mode being considered the default (it’s best left that way when not in use).

Admittedly the table is a bit small for a planer this enormous (it’s about 750 lbs), but that’s the main compromise combo machines have to make, since they’re primarily designed as a space saving machine (generally it’s always better quality-wise to just buy two machines if you have the room).

It won’t really impress in either mode, but neither will it disappoint, and just under $3000 is a pretty solid bargain for two tools in one.


JET 708476 JJP-12HH 12" Planer/Jointer with Helical Cutterhead

If it were significantly cheaper I might mark this as great, but as-is it’s slightly overpriced for the power. With a 3 horsepower (12.5 amp, 230 volt) motor it’s decent, but not exemplary, and it doesn’t really make up for it in the way of dimensions (12 inch width capacity, 8 and ¾ inch thickness capacity) or adjustability, with the expected 45 to 90 degree fence angling for the jointer and similarly standard depth of cut adjustment on the planer side.

It’s not bad, by any means, but merely average, and it doesn’t significantly outperform the cheaper Grizzly above.

That price (over $4000) is the real sticking point. I see no situation in which I buy this over the Grizzly at that price point, and would really only consider it if it was about $1500 cheaper, especially since users have reported issues with leveling the table for some purposes.


Ridgid JP0610 Planer, 6-1/8-Inch Jointer

While this one significantly underperforms compared to the above two, I give it a pass since it’s roughly ¼ the price of the Grizzly (under $800, almost a reasonable price for a benchtop planer, much less a combo).

It’s positively tiny for a machine like this, at a trim 213 lbs and a mere 6 and 1/8 inch width capacity, with a 1 horsepower motor (using three straight blades to get 5000 RPM and 15, 000 cuts per minute), a maximum depth of cut of 1/8 inches and a decently sized 45 inch table.

Consider this sort of a compact model even more so than these are already supposed to be. It’s not portable by any means, but it’s easy to park somewhere out of the way in a decent two car garage you’re using as a makeshift workshop or something and use for small projects, and it’s downright cheap to boot.

While it won’t be winning any awards, it’s a great option for what it is: an affordable, compact jointer/planer combo for small woodworking needs. Unlike the Jet above, while it underperforms the Grizzly it at least doesn’t hit your wallet so hard.


Conclusion

In terms of raw quality out of context, this list is in order of what I think are the best, though the order I’d suggest you buy them is: Grizzly, Ridgid, Jet.

Grizzly G0634Z

JET 708476 JJP-12HH

The Grizzly is just the highest performing of the three, with the Ridgid taking a space as a very cheap, still serviceable option. The Jet is good, but not good enough to spend an extra $1000 over the better Grizzly model, and so I only really recommend it if you can find it far cheaper than its usual asking price from a third party seller.