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CaptainKlutz

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#1 posted 05-27-2019 10:44 AM

+1 Asian jointer’s are all same. LOL

Laguna is only one using a different Chinese mfg than Grizzly, Jet, & Powermatic. So pick you color,
warranty, and knife preference, then buy one.
Have had same cloned Delta design(s) for decades. Have regular version using dovetailed way attached tables, and Parallelogram version. Parallelogram versions are easier to set table height, and tables stay slightly more consistent during cutting height changes; but are more expensive. Most home shops buy less expensive type.

The value leader is Grizzly, which is made in same factory as the similar Jet models.

Straight knives:
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-8-x-72-Jointer-with-Built-in-Mobile-Base/G0855

Helical head with carbide inserts:
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-8-x-72-Jointer-with-Spiral-Cutterhead/G0656X

PS – If you work with a lot of figured woods, shellix type head will deliver a more consistent cut with less tear out. If you want shelliix/helical head; it will be several hundred dollars cheaper to buy it with jointer new, than upgrade later.

Best Luck on the decision.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!


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