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Forum topic by Ceick posted 03-26-2019 06:26 PM 2765 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2019 06:26 PM

Good afternoon to you all. As mentioned in previous posts i am new to woodworking and am in the process of building my shop. The jointer is my next purchase that i have researched and am budgeting for. My current thinking is a the Powermatic 8” helical head jointer, model 60hh. At this time i do not plan on purchasing the unit with the parallelogram beds. The main reason is cost, $800.00 difference. Additionally most of the folks that i know with jointers do not have this feature.

Are there other jointer with the same specs that i should consider. Also, is the parallelogram beds something i should consider given that i am a hobbyist.

Thank you all in advance for your counsel to a new woodworker.


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#1 posted 03-26-2019 07:22 PM

Both dovetail and parallelogram jointers are good. You’d be happy with either. You might want to check out Baileigh, JET, and Grizzly as well. Kind of hard to screw up a jointer unless the beds are not flat. If you are going to milling any crazily figured woods or exotics, the helical head would be useful.

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#2 posted 03-26-2019 11:17 PM

Absolutely get the helical carbide cutter head. As for which maker, that’s your choice.

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#3 posted 03-27-2019 02:02 AM

I bought a Grizzly G0858 8” jointer late last year and recommend it highly. It has a helical carbide cutter head and parallelogram tables. Its tables were very straight and parallel out of the crate. The unit comes almost completely assembled and is manageable to get out of its crate and set up on your own. It is somewhat mobile, as it has wheels, but is heavy to move. It is a very solid jointer that cuts extremely well. Dust collection is very good on it.

I was a little concerned with the lever adjustment, but it is very manageable for even small changes in cut depth. I see the Powermatic 60HH has that as well.

I’ve been very pleased with it so far. You may want to consider it.

Grizzly occasionally offers 10% off coupons. I found someone offering one here on Lumberjocks and was able to use it to reduce the price further. Grizzly also shipped it via UPS Freight. I’ve had two pieces of shop equipment delivered by UPS Freight and both drivers were very helpful in using their pallet jacks to get the tools into my shop. I strongly recommend making sure you have a clear path from the driveway to where you want it deposited so you can get it all the way there with the driver’s help. I spent a few hours clearing a path through the snow and cut a small ramp out of a 2×4 so the pallet jack could make the 1 inch jump to my shop from my driveway.

FWIW, Woodworker’s Journal reviewed 8” jointers in their April 2015 issue. WOOD Magazine reviewed them in their May 2016 issue. Neither review included Powermatic. Not sure why.


-- Gary, Wisconsin

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#4 posted 03-27-2019 02:14 AM

I have the 60hh, it’s a nice machine, you will be pleased with it if that is how you end up going. For me the 5 year warranty is a big feature.

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#5 posted 03-27-2019 03:19 AM

Do you know if Powermatic’s Helical head is better than the Shelix head? I don’t. it’s just similar to a question that has gone through my mind recently. The model you are buying is more expensive than the one I am looking at, so buying the straight blade model and dropping in a Shelix may not be an improvement for you.

Edit: Just looked it up. The model you are looking at uses Shelix inserts so it probably works just as well. ignore my previous question.

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