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06-24-2018 10:11 PM

I am looking for an new 8: jointer. What brand do you guys recommend? I do want a Boyd style cutter head.
Any information will be helpful.
Thank you for your time!!

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#1 posted 06-25-2018 12:05 AM

I have the Grizzly G0490 Parallelogram Bed Jointer and am quite satisfied with it. I was able to purchase a Dewalt 735X Planer (with the infeed/outfeed tables and extra blades) when it dropped to $450 on Amazon and needed a jointer as a companion. I was able to obtain a used G0490 for $750 and while this is my first jointer and I don’t have anything to compare it to, I have been quite pleased with the features and performance.

I haven’t had the need to adjust the tables but the design and ability to independently set each corner provides for accurate set-up. Adjustment of the jointing depth is easy as is the operation of the fence. The built-in mobile base is great and allows easy moving of the 500 lb machine, as well as great stability when in place. The long table length (76”) is a plus and helps provide more accurate jointing and the on/off switches are easy to access. The overall quality of the equipment seems to be quite good. The dust collection seems to work well and that is with only a Dust Deputy and shop vac (a new / larger dust collection system is on the ‘wish list’ but not currently in the budget).

The Grizzly G0490 has four HSS blades which work well but when the time comes and the budget is ready, I would like to replace the cutter with a Byrd Shelix cutterhead. The Grizzly G0490X comes equipped with a spiral cutterhead and in looking at Grizzly’s website, they presently have free shipping on the machine. With the approaching Trump tariffs of 25% on woodworking equipment, it might be wise to take any upcoming price increases into account and July 6th could pose a hefty additional cost depending on the origin of various equipment.

Good luck in your shopping & upcoming purchase.

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#2 posted 06-25-2018 04:44 AM

I recommend a Northfiled jointer.I don’t recommend a Boyd head straight knives are plenty good if the machines is built accurately.

-- Aj

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#3 posted 06-25-2018 12:37 PM

Another vote for the Grizzly G0490. A couple of years ago I upgraded my DW735 planer to a Byrd Shellix head, and because my experience with that, I swore I would upgrade my jointer to a spiral head. When I bought the jointer, last September, from Grizzly they were out of stock on the model that came with the spiral head. The G0490 was on sale, they had the Byrd head in stock, so I bought the straight knife model, and the Byrd head and installed it as I was putting the jointer together. It was a great decision, I really like the combination. Adding the spiral head was very easy, the last 2 pictures show the results of a piece of curly maple that I ran through the jointer as my first test piece. The pictures don’t the results justice, the quality of cut is just wonderful.

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#4 posted 06-25-2018 01:14 PM

Aj2 tell them how much the Northfield is. Even though it’s (in my opinion) the best tool any where.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#5 posted 06-25-2018 01:48 PM

Oh shoot I forgot to mention the price. It’s about 13,000 but you will save 3200 in tariff if you live and breathe in the USA. That’s more savings then the grizzley sells for.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 06-25-2018 02:07 PM

Jeffrey, any of the major brands will do the job just fine.

Personally, I have the Grizzly 8” long bed w/Byrd head.

My only fault with it is the fence has some flex & you have to monitor the fence settings for 90°

I don’t think parallelogram beds are worth the xtra $$’s.

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

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#7 posted 06-25-2018 05:57 PM

While in my shop I checked the tag on my Grizzly and it said it was made in China so beginning July 6th the Trump 25% tariffs will be kicking in on the machines. Unfortunately with the volatility of the present political climate, it’s likely that the foreseeable future will have a lot of uncertainty and added cost (very well in the domestic products too and bleeding over into the used market). Fortunately I have the majority of the big-ticket items already in my shop so I can step back for a while and limit / stop my purchasing until things eventually (hopefully) settle down. For those in the market to buy though, there is still a little time left before the change. Good luck.

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#8 posted 06-25-2018 06:06 PM

I have the Delta DJ-20, which is no longer made. It has been a great performer, and holds adjustments well. It looks nearly identical to the Grizzly G0490, so I’d vote for that machine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#9 posted 06-25-2018 08:21 PM

Thank you for all your help!! I have posted another topic asking for information on Oliver jointers.

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