G0609x vs G0834 -12" Grizzly Jointer

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01-03-2018 05:42 PM

I’m considering a new 12” Grizzly Jointer and am wondering if anyone has some insight on the two models.
From what I can tell:
-609x has a 3HP motor vs the 834’s 5HP
-609x has 60 inserts vs 96 on the 834 (giving the 834 10k more cuts per minute)
-The 834 is made in an ISO 9001 Factory while the 609x is not

Aside from that I don’t see much difference. All of this said, the 834 seems like a better machine but it is actually $245 less. ($2995 vs $2750) So my concern is why? What is the difference and why isn’t it more money for the seemingly better machine?

Thanks for the insight!

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 06:06 PM

According to this you’re correct. The less expensive model seems superior in every way that matters.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 07:19 PM

Only Grizzly could answer your question, but it was interesting to me that the cutters are different on the 2 machines. the 834 cutters seem more robust (larger and thicker) and the weight difference isn’t trivial.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 07:38 PM

Thanks Fred! It looks like the 834 is about 250lbs heavier.

After speaking with Grizzly, the 834 is a new machine for 2018. They are expecting more stock of the 609x on the 15th of January, and nothing for sure on the 843 until February. I’ve gone through this moving date target before with grizzly so I won’t get my hopes up. That said, I’m leaning toward the 843.

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 07:46 PM

I suppose they managed to reduce costs on
the new model somehow despite the nicer
specs and maybe haven’t figured out what to
do with the old ones. They might put them
on sale later or something.

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#5 posted 01-08-2018 06:00 PM

I am thinking that the lower price is a result of their new German made CNC machines that they are currently or very recently set up. The G0834 does look like a home run, especially since they are outfitting it with a Shelix style cutterhead. The only downside to me is that it is over 1000lbs. Moving that beast would be nearly impossible. But if you have a dedicated spot for it, and will never need to move it, then you are golden.

I wonder if they will be coming out with new designs for their planers that utilize this new CNC machining.

-- Breeze

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#6 posted 03-20-2018 02:28 AM

I know this is a late post to the original, but just in case anyone else finds this later I’ll post what I was told when I called Grizzly about a month ago. When I called to ask the differences, the person just read off the specifications you can view on their spec sheets. When I asked about the price difference, they said it was an “Introductory Price” for the new model and the price will go up after some time. They didn’t say when or how much. I went ahead and placed an order for one along with a 20” planer. Both are still back-ordered and I’m patiently waiting. When I asked when they would be in, they said end of March for the jointer, and early April for the planer. Hopefully that’s still true. If anyone wants to know specifics after I get the machine let me know.

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#7 posted 03-20-2018 10:08 AM

I hope, for your sanity, it comes in on those timeframes. Based on my experience and from what i read of others, it could be several months from now. I’m interested in your review!

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#8 posted 03-31-2018 02:33 PM

I’m doing the same research on these now as well. Any other updates?

@drjameshouse which planer did you get? I’m also looking at the 20” planers.

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#9 posted 03-31-2018 02:44 PM

The only update is the jointer didn’t come in, and the date from the factory has been pushed to May 17th. Planer is still April 6th. Since the planer isn’t a new model, I’m still hoping that date holds. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen The g0834 in stock. The older 12” g0609x jointer did come in when they said, but I’m not in a hurry so I’m going to wait a bit longer for the new model.

I went with g0454z planer. I know a few other people with this jointer who love it and I don’t run enough material to justify going into the extreme series price.

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#10 posted 03-31-2018 02:46 PM

Got it, thanks. Its a shame that they are pushing it back, I feel like that’s going to happen quite often as I’ve heard that a lot about Grizzly lately :\

What is your plan for mobility on the jointer (if you’re planning on moving it around)?

-- Matt, Arizona,

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#11 posted 03-31-2018 03:27 PM

I got a portamate PM-3500, with PM-3036 extension rails. It was more then I was hoping to spend, but it’s rated at 1500lbs. Beats trying to move a 1000lbs machine without a mobile base.

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#12 posted 04-04-2018 01:02 AM

posted this earlier and didn’t see you had the same questions: I spoke with a service rep and the G0609X should be in stock in a week, while the G0834 should be in stock at the end of the month…(not holding my breath on either). If you hear anything regarding shipping of yours, please let us know how you like it.

I am open to getting the 12” instead of the 8”, as it seems it may be next year before they get their inventory and manufacturing issues straightened out.

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#13 posted 04-04-2018 01:08 AM

One good thing about placing the order, they will not tie up your money but they will hold that price. May prove top be very beneficial after the little hands gets done with trade wars.

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#14 posted 04-04-2018 03:49 AM

It might depend on your location of stock levels. I know the G0609X has been in stock for MO location, for a while. I thought about switching to that instead of the G0834 just to get the machine sooner. However, I already wired the outlet for it to be on my 30A line, and would have to rewire it to my 20A line (climb back into loose filled insulated attic) which I don’t want to do. Then I compare the specs, and the fact that I’d have to pay more for “less” of a machine and convince myself to wait it out. I put “less” in quotes because I have yet to see the G0834 and maybe it won’t be as good as it appears.

I’m also in the process of finally adding dust collection piping to the shop. Planning on going with Nordfab since I may not stay at my current location, which will also cost me a small fortune. So spacing out the hits to my bank account isn’t a bad thing either.

I’ll let you guys know whenever I get a shipping notification for any of the machines I’ve ordered.

By the way, it’s not JUST Grizzly that is having backorder problems. I have been waiting on a Dewalt track saw kit for over 2 months as well. I guess they track itself is backordered. Knowing that I’m giving Grizzly some extra slack.

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#15 posted 04-06-2018 02:32 PM

I’m on the waiting list for a G0834, too. I was told they should get stock mid May when ordered (this week), so we’ll see…

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