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Forum topic by jmack77 posted 03-01-2011 11:42 PM 3562 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-01-2011 11:42 PM

So I’m in the market for a benchtop jointer, and I’m looking for some advice from the Lumberjocks. I’m looking to spend around the $200 mark, which limits me to either the Delta JT160, or the Grizzly GO612. Everything that I’ve read about the Delta points me away from it. As for the Grizzly, I can only find a handful of reviews about it, compared to the armful for the Delta. So, who out there has or had the Grizzly G0612? And what are the pros and cons of it? Thanks!!

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 11:59 PM

i got my delta for $40 and that is about all i would pay for a benchtop jointer. Unless you only use short lengths of stock, I would highly recommend buying a used floor-standing model. these are often priced right in the same range and are a much better value. even if everything is set up right on a benchtop, you will always be fighting the short bed length.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 12:15 AM

I know you’re asking about benchtop jointers, but I think you’re going to get an overwhelming amount of people replying that you should save for a 6” floor model. In that respect, the Ridgid is a good value or look on Craigs List. People buy them and then don’t use them.

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 12:24 AM

Benchtop jointers are powered by universal type electric motors, and this in itself is a huge negative. Aaron and Jason are absolutely correct, look for a used 4” or 6” jointer powered by an AC induction motor.

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 04:54 AM

Thanks for the input guys. I kinda knew that I should go the way of a floor model. I’ll be keeping my eyes on craigslist.

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 05:01 AM

glad you see it that way – i wouldnt normally push something like that, but given the circumstances that you definitely want a power jointer AND you can spend about 200, it just seems like just the right thing to do.

one way to improve the performance of a benchtop is to extend the length of the feed tables. of course that adds just another thing to get knocked out of alignment ;-) and it still doesn’t do anything to a poor fence design (mind is slightly warped from ones end to the other) or vibration issues, to name a couple things.

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 05:05 AM

I bought a Delta benchtop jointer many years ago. It was a piece of junk that did not hold up well at all. I replaced it initially with the jointer accessory for my ShopSmith which is a good, solid piece of equipment, but it is only a 4” jointer. Later I got a 6” floor model (Grizzly) and I wish I had done that in the first place.

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#7 posted 03-02-2011 05:25 AM

Some one gave me a 4 1/8” craftsman planer/jointer. It performs about like expected. It makes glue ups faster/better.

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