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Type of machine

Jointer

Manufacturer

DeWalt

Designed in

United States

Production status

Vintage

User rating (1 vote)

Specifications
Jointing width: 260 mm Power: 1500 W
Max jointing depth: 4 mm Tables length: 1000 mm
Type of Cutters: Standard straight blades Fence Tilt: 90-45 °
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The DeWalt DW55 is the jointer-only version (called a planer in the UK) of the DW50, which has both jointer and planer functionality. It was made in Italy in the 1980s and early 90s.

Besides lacking the planer parts, it looks and operates almost exactly the same as the DW50 and the successor DW1150. It is much rarer than the jointer-planer versions, and sells usually for about half of those.

The one main benefit it has is that it does have better dust extraction underneath the table than the jointer planer versions.

Mediocre fence requires DIY fixes

It has a rather sloppy fence, the same as the DW50, and not the good fence of the DW1150. To make it useable, you might need to do some upgrades by adding better bolts and attaching a flat piece of wood against it. There are some existing holes to allow you to do this.

Stable and sturdy machine

It is made from cast alloy, and because the tables don’t fold like on jointer planers, they are very stable and secure. It has simply one belt from the motor to the cutterhead making it mechanically a very simple machine. This has the benefit that it won’t break down very easily.

Replacement Blades: You can find replacement blades at Amazon UK (sold by Axminster), Amazon Germany, or on eBay.

Machine Atlas Verdict

Reliable jointer with good build quality, but not as versatile as the DW50

Value for money

B

Quality

A

What we don't like

  • Lacks the planer functionality of the DW50 and DW1150
  • Fence isn’t the best and requires DIY fixes

What we like

  • Sturdy, stable cast alloy frame
  • Powerful
  • Good build quality, not many things that can break
  • Wide cutting capacity for a standalone jointer

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Detailed Specifications

All the specs and options for the DeWalt DW55 Jointer

General
Motor
Motor Voltage3x 400V 1x 230V
Jointer
Jointing width260 mm
Max depth of cut4 mm
Tables length1000 mm
Type of cuttersStandard straight blades
Fence tilt90-45°

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