July 8, 2020

Shopfox W1857 8″ Dovetail Jointer with Mobile Base Review

The Shopfox W1857 8″ Dovetail Jointer with Mobile Base, is an efficient jointer, that has features specially designed to make your job easier. It has an 8 by 72-inch table for you to work on. This is a considerable size and will let you push through the larger stock. The mobile base is built in whilst the fence is mounted in the center. 

The fence system uses positive stops to operate. It has a pedestal mounted magnetic switch, as well as a 4-inch dust port to collect all the dust as you work, keeping it out of the necessary spaces. It makes 22 500 cuts per minute.

Shopfox W1857


Like all of the machinery from Shop Fox, it is designed to perfection. The cast iron has a powder-coated finish, giving it a clean look. The on and off switch is a bright red color that is hard to miss. The cabinet is made of sheet metal whilst the body is made of cast iron.

Performance Review

It has a four knife cutter head, which speeds up the entire machine by up to four times. The four knife systems mean that that you will generally have to do a lot less sanding than usual. 

It has a rabbeting capacity of 1/2 inches. It also has a maximum depth of cut that is 1/4 inches. it has a very long 6′ table, meaning that you can get more done, in less time, knowing that your work is supported. 

The fence guides and supports the wood laterally as you work. The base on this jointer is mobile. This is why it is important to make sure that the wheels are locked and the machine stays in place whilst you work. The outfeed table is adjustable, by rotating a knob.


It is important to always take the necessary precautions such as ensuring to plug in the machine, only when you are sure that you have recovered loose parts, and that your hands are safely out of the way. Always have blade guards on as you work. 

When you are working, make sure that you feed the wood properly. If you do not do this, it can cause kickback and injury. You want to avoid contact with the cutter head, and this can only come about when you are careful enough to keep the guard on as you work. Also, make sure to wear the necessary protective gear such as gloves and goggles.

Who is this product ideal for?

The W1857- 8 inch is better used by trained professionals. A novice will not do such a great job and will probably get hurt rather than get the job done. 


  • It has a good dust collection system
  • has a powerful motor
  • it gives you 25% more cuts 
  • It has a mobile base
  • it is durable


  • Collecting it to power can be dangerous if you are not skilled

Our Verdict

The Shopfox W1857—8″ Dovetail Jointer with Mobile Base, with its  3HP, 230V, single-phase motor, and 22 500 cuts per minute, gives you efficient planing and jointing. Shop Fox guarantees you a much smoother finish with this jointer. Happy shopping!

David D. Hughes
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