New shop! #5: I needed a new jointer

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Blog entry by Steve Felsheim posted 08-20-2016 02:45 PM 1128 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I moved into a shared shop, I sold my 6” jointer (no love loss) because the shared shop had an 8”.

Now that I am back in my own shop, I needed a new jointer.

I REALLY wanted something larger than an 8”. I really, really hate ripping down a nice piece of wood just so I can make it flat (yes, I can do it by hand, and have many times).

I love the idea of an old industrial jointer, but I didn’t want to screw around with 3ph power, or rebuilding a machine. I just wanted it to work. (back to my laziness with shop things)

I did tons of research, saved my pennies and went with the Grizzly 12” with a helical head. One word, beast. This jointer is really great so far. I have not spend a ton of time behind it, but so far, really love it.

What I didn’t love, was trying to get a 1000lb machine out of my trailer!!

I ended up using a cherry picker (designed for yanking auto engines). Worked really well since I was working by myself. High pucker factor though.

I could not have the jointer delivered to my house given I live on a cul de sac, so a semi cannot turn around. I could not have it delivered to shop either, for a similar reason. This left me picking it up at the shipping center. This was fine, as they used a forklift to load it on my trailer.

Now the “getting it off the trailer” fiasco.

The jointer has landed.

I did end up putting a mobile base under the jointer. Good move.

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#1 posted 08-20-2016 02:51 PM

That is a big unit!

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#2 posted 08-20-2016 02:54 PM

WOW ….... you could sleep on that thing …....... LMAO

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#3 posted 08-22-2016 08:44 PM

Nice, nice jointer!

-- When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there is no end to what you CAN'T do

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