The Shop Fox will allow you to cut boards a maximum of 6 inches wide. The single-phase 12-amp motor runs on 110-volts and develops 1 1/2HP so it’s more than potent enough for regular planing jobs at home.
The Shop Fox weighs in at around 80 pounds which is pretty heavy for a smaller benchtop jointer. While this makes it less portable than some of the slenderer opposition, you’ll be rewarded with a rock-solid and very stable jointer that’s built to go the distance.
The cutter head has a pair of knives which rotate at a more than ample 10,000 RPM while serving up 20,000 cuts per minute. This will give you straight and flat faces on your boards at a pleasingly rapid rate. Although you won’t be able to undertake enormous projects, the jointing you do will be accomplished in a flash.
The 1/8-inch cutting depth is expected on a 6-inch benchtop jointer. Thanks to a nifty knob, you can make micro-adjustments and exercise full control over this depth according to the project at hand.
The fence can be fine-tuned meaning you can bevel joint up to 45 degrees. You’ll get 2 positive stops at 45 degrees and 90 degrees to streamline operations. Aside from bevel cuts, you’ll be able to take care of all your surface planing and edge jointing needs with the Shop Fox so it’s a highly versatile machine.
The cast iron table could be a little larger but it’s fine for the intended usage of a jointer in this size bracket. It’s 28-½ inches long and 6 ¼ inches wide so it’s not exactly a colossus but sufficient for smaller workpieces and the absence of an inch or two is no reason to shy away from the Shop Fox.
Dust collection is enhanced thanks to a mini impeller designed to zap all chips away from the cutterhead before spitting them out through the regulation dust port. The chute will fit into a trashcan so you can work in comfort and safety with a clear line of sight on your workpiece.
Instruction manuals often leave something to be desired. The one that comes with this benchtop jointer is particularly poor. Bear this in mind if you are a beginner and likely to be in need of more guidance. There’s plenty of information available online to help you out. This is in no way a justification for the deficient manual, simply a workable solution.
The other negative elements worth drawing your attention to are tables that are sometimes not completely flat and the Shop Fox’s propensity to chip the wood when you’re edge jointing. These are relatively minor issues that are only thrown into the ring by a handful of disgruntled users but it’s always worth being aware of the good and bad points so you can make an informed decision.
We’ll walk you through a summary of those pros and cons before moving on to our final benchtop jointer review…