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Forum topic by MikeGo posted 09-13-2011 05:00 PM 4328 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 05:00 PM

I am looking to upgrade my jointer soon , tell me about your jointer Brand, model and how and why you like it. I will buy used , was thinking Grizzly but there are alot of 6” jet and delta for about the price of a new grizzly. any input would be thankful. Mikego

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 05:40 PM

I am very happy with my Grizzly G0604X. It is solid, dependable and simple. Simple is a virtue. I’m confident that if anything ever needed to be repaired I could easily do it myself and getting parts from Grizzly is amazingly easy. They have great customer service.

The parallelogram feature is great for assuring you that the infeed and outfeed tables are perfectly parallel. The built in mobile base works great and I like the elevated switch.

Only issue – - You must have a dust collector connected and running when using this jointer. Otherwise, the discharge chute will plug up.

FWIW – I am in the minority, but I see no need for the spiral cutterhead. You get very clean cuts with the straight blades. I’ve used my jointer quite a bit for over a year and I have yet to sharpen the blades.

Observation – I don’t recall exactly what I paid for mine, but when I checked the website I see a price that is quite a bit more than I paid. I think I paid in the low $500s. In my opinion, even at this higher price, it is worth it, but, Grizzly often has sales and they may put this model on sale one of these days.

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 06:28 PM

I found my Grizzly 8in G0593 w/Spiral Cutter on CL and just an hour from my house. It was ~2yr old at the time and I paid $700 and picked up locally. I have had it a year and have never been happier. Sure I lost any warranty, but that being said, I figured the bugs had been worked out by the time I got it and saved ~$350 (33%) when you count not having to pay shipping. I did call Grizzly on some set and operation questions and they were great in talking me through my rookie status, even when I told them I picked it up used.

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 07:11 PM

I have a nice General 6”. All you could ask for in a 6”. I wish I had held out for an 8” or larger model.

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 07:17 PM

I have a Powermatic 6” with helical cutterhead. That one tool has changed my life. I slices of wood so quietly and effortlessly that it scares me a little bit!

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#5 posted 09-13-2011 08:31 PM

I have a 40 yr. old hunk of iron made by Simpson tool and sold by Sears. I find it adequate for edge jointing. 6” is a bit narrow for serious flattening for most folks, but I make do. Been thinking of getting a helical head for it, but I can almost buy a new jointer for what a new head will cost me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 08:53 PM

I recently bought a Masterforce Jointer from Menards. Granite Top and Fence for $349. Similar to the Craftsman granite top. Works like a Champ. Here is a Link to it.

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#7 posted 09-13-2011 09:11 PM

I bought one of the Sunhill SM150B 6” bench top jointers when they were on sale for $99.00 (not knowing they were clearancing them out to shut the company down). I have had it now for about 3 years, and so far I like….

#1. The size. I know longer / wider beds are better for bigger stock etc… But I don’t have a huge shop. This being a bench top machine, with fairly long tables for a bench top machine makes it easy to stash out of the way.

#2. Dust collection. Even though it is only a 2.5” port, it has proven to be very effective.

#3. Cast Iron tables. A LOT of the bench top models I looked at like the Delta had cast aluminum tables. This thing had cast iron, and was VERY flat and coplanar.

#4. Easy / accurate depth adjustments.

#5. Quieter than my planer or router.

#6. Relatively easy to change knives.

What I don’t like…

#1. Short beds limit me somewhat in what I can mill… carefully adjusted roller stands radically increase that without sacrificing performance otherwise.

#2. Only 6” wide cutting area. Wider jointer would be nice. I make do and use alternate jointing methods when I need to face joint stock that is wider than my jointer can handle using a planer sled.

#3. The universal motor is pretty loud.

#4. Even though it works very well, the 2.5” dust port does bother me. I wish they would have rigged it with a 4” port…

#5. Aluminum fence. While it is easy to use, and holds settings well, it is lightly enough built that I would have killed it by now if I were a more ham fisted operator.

Out of all the things I don’t like about it, the one that bugs me the most is the width of the jointer bed / cut area.

IF they work out the serious production / quality problems with them, which at this point is questionable, but IF they did, and made them accurate, and reliable, I would be looking to replace both this, and my lunch box planer with a Jet JJP-10BT0S 10” combination jointer / planer. I don’t mind so much if it is lightly built as long as it isn’t flimsy. I don’t expect tools to stand up to obvious misuse and torture, but I do expect them to stand up to normal use for a LONG time… The reviews on the Jet seem to be very hit or miss, with the typical problems being with the jointer fence not being flat, and the planer table extensions not lining up / lacking adjustments… When they iron those problems out, and these machines start getting decent reviews, I may just jump on one…

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 01:17 AM

I had a 6” Jet jointer for many years and loved it. It was smooth running, solid, stayed tuned, and delivered a great cut. I recently upgraded to an 8” Grizzly 490X (more for additional length than width), and aside from some initial setup issues I like it a lot. It does not run as smoothly as the Jet, but good enough and a great value for the money. I like the spiral cutterhead quite a lot.

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 02:52 AM

I have a Delta 37-380 8” jointer. It was built in 1999. The base is made in the US and the jointer itself is made in Taiwan. I bought it on CL about three years ago. With a very good mobile base, I paid $700.

I have used the jointer quite a bit and am very happy with it. I had to make a few adjustment when I first set it up. The only problem that I had was that the motor pulley would work its way toward the outside of the shaft. I replaced the key and set screw, but it kept happening. Then I replaced the pulley with one having two set screws and installed a link belt. Since then, it has not moved at all in the last three years. Overall, this is a rock-solid machine.

I talked with Delta customer support several times, and they were very helpful. Every possible part is available from eReplacementParts, and probably many other sources.

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 04:10 AM

My Ridgig jointer has been trouble free for several years and the blades have held up well [ never sharpened them, just hone them on the machine occasionally]. The only thing of concern is the fence tends to creep slightly out of square and I check it frequently. It is easily “resquared” with no tools required.

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 04:43 AM

General 8”, used mostly for jointing edges for glueups and flattening rough stock.

Had it for 15 years or more, carbide knives, never an issue with performance.

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#12 posted 09-14-2011 05:07 AM

8” Grizz here.Does what its supposed to.636

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#13 posted 09-14-2011 05:15 AM

Got the ridgid and it works well. As stated, just check the fence for square and its good to go. Paid $240 new at HD. Cant beat it for value, if you can find one on closeout

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#14 posted 09-14-2011 05:18 AM

General International 6”. Great jointer, plenty of power. If I could do it again I’d get an 8” though.

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#15 posted 09-14-2011 05:27 AM

I’ve got a Geetech CT-22. They’re commonly branded as Grizzly, Sunhill and several others out east. It’s not that it’s the most amazing tool in the world, but it’s pretty darn good. It was dirt cheap, easy enough to tune, hasn’t gone out of wack AT ALL with one year of daily-ish use, and there’s parts readily available. Go after whatever you want but if you see on of these for cheap and the tables are straight, give it a look.

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