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Forum topic by ThistleDown posted 06-10-2017 05:52 PM 723 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-10-2017 05:52 PM

Do I get a Jointer and Planer in two units or get a Jointer/Planer together. I looked at the 12” Grizzly with the spiral cutter head. Nice unit but maybe a bit fiddely when changing over from one to the other. Did I need a 12” Jointer?

SO, it took a long time to decide but here is what I did.

G0490X Jointer and the G0454Z Planer. The Jointer is 8” and the Planer is 20”, both with a spiral cutter head. I figured that 8” would be fine for Jointing and the 20” Planer would be able to handle doors and book-matched things without issues. Besides, if I have to Joint bigger than 8” I could sled the Planer for larger stuff after Jointing 8” worth. (see Jay Bates youtube for this).

Both are 240 volt but below 20 amp each unlike the combo which was 25 amp which meant I didn’t have to add a new CKT in the panel, I could just use the table saw one at 20 amps.

Both are on sale and I got free shipping on the Jointer. Yeah, I spent a few hundred more getting 2 units instead of the combo unit, but I think it will play out better for me. I have the room.

What do you guys think, right choice?

They are on the way, oh boy, Bears.

-- My biggest fear is that when I am gone, my wife will sell my tools for what I told her I paid for them.

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 06:06 PM

I agree you did the right thing, this way you can plane 20” boards and have the jointer free to use when you want.
Congrats on the new tools, I’ve always had good luck with Grizzly tools.


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#2 posted 06-10-2017 06:21 PM

Sounds like you got it right, but where are the pictures. It’s easier to be jealous when we can see what you have.

I know of many light commercial shops that use an 8 in joiner and a 20 in planer. It will do most anything. spiral cutter heads are nice too.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#3 posted 06-11-2017 01:41 PM

When they hit the shop I will do some pics, maybe a video. Thanks

-- My biggest fear is that when I am gone, my wife will sell my tools for what I told her I paid for them.

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 02:24 AM

I use a 12 inch Jet jointer/planer and I am very glad I can flatten a glue up that is 12 inches wide without any kind of sled. I use a lot of glue ups with my CNC carving that are wider than 8 inches. I tried using a sled on my planer but it is waaaay more trouble to set up and use than it is to change from planer to jointer mode (approximately 30-45 seconds). If you mostly need to flatten 8 inch or less boards then you chose well. I got by for a long time with a 6 inch jointer.

I think you will definitely like the spiral segmented cutter heads.

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 02:17 PM

I have the exact same combo they have served me well for about 12 years.

Only the jointer is spiral head, tho.

That spiral head planer will be the bomb!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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