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Forum topic by IowaWoodcrafter posted 02-26-2010 01:03 AM 4096 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2010 01:03 AM

I’m ready to buy a new jointer. I currently plan on buying the Grizzly G0490 8” jointer and later buying the Byrd Shelix cutterhead. I have a few questions.

First, for those who have the G0490X are you satisfied with the Grizzly helical cutter head? Should I save some money and buy the G0490X? The G0490 plus the Byrd Shelix cutterhead is $1,270 plus shipping, the G0490X is $1,195 plus shipping. Shipping for both units is $139 but there will be additional shipping for the Byrd Shelix cutterhead.

I have a 6” Grizzly G1182ZHW jointer currently. Has anyone successfully sold tools through Craig’s List? Would you recommend that route or would you try the local newspaper first. I have a brand new set of blades for the machine that have never been installed. I plan on selling the G1182ZHW for $250, would you consider that a fair price? (If anyone is interested I’m in eastern Iowa, send me a message).

One last option I’ve considered is just buying the Byrd Shelix cutterhead for my current jointer. That would be my least favorite option.

Any comments, suggestions, would be greatly appreciated.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 02-26-2010 01:48 AM

I purchased the Byrd Shelix cutterhead for my 8” Shopfox jointer and my Delta X5 15” planer. I am currently
planing and jointing 80 2×6x9’ oak planks I got out of a barn before they demolished the barn. I have 10 more boards to do and have not changed the blades in both machines. They are dull but I don’t want to start on a new side until I finish these rough boards. I would say I ran each board through the jointer at least 5 times. I purchased the cutterheads from Grizzly. Installation was pretty straightforward. When I first used the cutterhead, the boards were as smooth if not smoother than the blades when new. The big difference is in the noise level. I have a basement shop and my wife said the noise level was cut in half by her estimate.
Also the board goes across the jointer a lot easier (pushing) than regular blades. But most of all, NO MORE BLADE CHANGES AND ALIGNMENT ISSUES.
I would buy the Jointer with the Byrd now because you won’t have to fool around changing out the cutterhead later. Plus, after you change the cutterhead out, there is no market to sell the blade cutterhead.
I tried to sell my two cutterheads on Ebay and Craigslist and got no hits at all.
I personally have sold many things on Craigslist and I am very satisfied with the experience. The price is totally up to you and I would say would depend upon the condition of the machine, power, age, ect.
Good luck and if you need more info or questions I will check back later.

-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio

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#2 posted 02-26-2010 01:54 AM

I can’t speak to the jointer Q but I buy all my used tools off craigslist.

nothing but good experiences both buying and selling.

good luck,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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#3 posted 02-26-2010 02:08 AM

I bought my used Grizzly 6” jointer from CL a few months ago. Paid about $300 for it. It was in good working order, just needed a good cleaning and proper adjusting. It was a fair deal, I think. I buy (and sell) used equipment on CL regularly – constantly upgrading my shop. Most of the time things go smoothly. Good luck!

-- Ones' greatest strength is most often their greatest weakness.

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#4 posted 02-26-2010 02:20 AM

I have had great luck buying and selling off of CL.

-- Lee in Phoenix

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#5 posted 02-26-2010 03:03 AM


The G0490X has the Grizzly helical cutterhead, not the Byrd Shelix. The Grizzly cutterhead is a different design, the blades are parallel to the cutting path, not angled like the Shelix. Because of the difference in design the Grizzly cutterhead does not shear the wood, it cuts like a standard blade. Based on this, would you still recommend the G0490X or would you recommend buying the G0490 and the Byrd Shelix cutterhead.

BTW, I replaced the cutterhead in my Dewalt DW735 with the Byrd Shelix cutterhead and I love it. I’m really torn if saving the $100 or so is worth giving up the Byrd Shelix design.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 02-26-2010 03:19 AM

IowaWoodcrafter I have the GO490X and I am very satisfied with it. Now I can’t say it is as good as the Byrd head because I’ve never owned one, but I can tell you that I went though the same thing as you when making the decision to buy. I read alot of reviews and I ended with the Grizzly head. I do know that it is miles above the knifes that I was using and I now do not look at jointing as a chore. I know I didn’t really help in making up your mind but thought I would share that I would buy it again if needed.

-- F.Little

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#7 posted 02-26-2010 04:29 AM

I had used a Reliant 6” jointer for about 10 years and upgraded to the Grizzly GO586 8” in Dec. I finally got it wired today (I had to add another 220 circuit). It is the greatest thing since sliced bread. I’ve gone to heaven. It was only $575. Granted the shipping was costly and troublesome, but without any adjustment it is cutting clean and square. I ran a few pieces of hard maple through it earlier this evening thinking to check out it’s cutting prior to adjusting the knives, but it’s doing a beautiful job. I was planning to add a Byrd head eventually, but if it continues to cut this cleanly I might not make the change… no I a tool hound and I probably will. I’ve bought and sold lots of tools on craigs list without any probs. I bought 2 lathes, a 1940 Delta drill press, and a rolling tool box. All for a fraction of the price of new junk. I’ve recently sold the 6” jointer for $150, a band saw, a 12.5” portable planer, and a mitre gauge, all without any probs. I see lots of 6” jointers on craigslist in the New England area, most for less than $250. You might want to see watch what other people are getting. I currently have a 3hp craftsman listed on CL and I’m not getting any action, I’ve already dropped the price once, but I assume people would understand that a 3 hp is significantly different from a 1.5 hp wihich is typical. In any case, the other tools went fast. If you go the CL route ask for cash only. Good luck.

-- Glen

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#8 posted 02-26-2010 05:34 AM

The only difference I think would be that the shearing action may reduce the noise a little. I really can’t say for sure. I would call Grizzly and ask them the dif. between the two. I have bought a few Grizzly products and the tech support is great. Only you know if the $100 is that important. If you really liked the Byrd on your Dewalt, I think that statement alone would be the deciding factor. If you are happy with the quality of cut the Byrd provided on your Dewalt, why chance it?
Hope this helps.
Good luck and let us know what you decide. And as always, keep asking questions. This is the best site for woodworking, bar none.

-- Rich, Columbus, Ohio

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#9 posted 02-28-2010 06:11 AM

I posted my old jointer on Craigs List just last night and it’s already sold! Thanks for the feedback on the CL route everyone!

I placed an order for the G0490 today. I’ll be buying the Byrd Shelix cutterhead as soon as I can afford it. Once I have the new cutterhead I’ll write a review comparing the jointer with both cutterheads installed.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#10 posted 02-28-2010 06:23 AM

I just bought this very jointer from a guy on craigslist here in atlanta for $250. I considered that a great deal.

-- LAS,

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