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Woodshead

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10-23-2020 01:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer grizzly helical

I’m shopping for my first Jointer and the options/differences are mind numbing! I’d appreciate any suggestions you guys (gals) have to offer. I have 900+ bd. ft. of 4/4+ rough sawn Curly Maple that I’m looking to sell (rough sawn or finished; 2, 3 or 4 sides). I have a Dewalt 735 planer and now I need an 8” jointer that will do the job. I don’t want to buy cheap but I’m wondering if I can keep the cost around $1000-$1200. It looks like the Grizzly’s cost less than Jet, Powermatic and Rikon for what looks like very similar models. They look like they were all made by the same company with different colors and names put on them. Am I only getting what I pay for with the Grizzly or is Grizzly a good choice? Here are some options to consider and I don’t know if they are worth spending extra for; Helical vs. spiral vs. straight cutter-heads, number of inserts on the cutter-heads (54 vs. 36) Dovetailed vs. Parallelogram Table adjustment, 3HP vs. 2HP, etc… I’m sure there are other things to consider but I’m new to all of this. Thanks in advance for you input!


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Kelly

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#1 posted 10-23-2020 02:13 AM

I wrote this in 2015 and remain very happy with my investment:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/992

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therealSteveN

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#2 posted 10-23-2020 03:13 AM

I have that same jointer, and can’t say enough good things about it. However it is a higher entry fee than a lot of jointers. I felt it was well worth it, but I couldn’t find anything used that wasn’t getting offered at prices near it. So I just went new, glad after the fact I did.

I have a dust collector, and a few air cleaners of theirs, and also a 15” Planer with the heli head from Griz as well. I feel like they are the best value in stationary tools. I agree with your paint statement, and it’s not the first time that has come up.

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Renegade1LI

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#3 posted 10-23-2020 03:38 AM

I went used & bought a powermatic 60, disassembled, cleaned & painted it’s like new, the cast iron is very good quality. With that said i have bought a few new grizzly machines & am very happy with them. It seems the key with a jointer is getting it dialed in, once set correctly they are a pleasure to use. I don’t use mine alot so I went with carbide knives, they cut great, just milled a few hundred feet of ipe & still sharp. As you can see I had a griz g0656 which I sold when I found the pm. They are simple machines & easy to work on if they are in decent shape.

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AlaskaGuy

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#4 posted 10-23-2020 03:47 AM

Got to give you a wow on those shiny tables.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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Renegade1LI

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#5 posted 10-23-2020 03:54 AM



Got to give you a wow on those shiny tables.

- AlaskaGuy


Thanks, takes a little work with the belt sander but well worth it.

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#6 posted 10-23-2020 05:36 AM


Thanks, takes a little work with the belt sander but well worth it.

- Renegade1LI

You used a belt sander on your jointer? I assume that’s sarcasm—or at least I hope so.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#7 posted 10-23-2020 09:48 AM

I have a Grizzly 8”, which I upgraded to a helical.

I have had the machine for at least 15 years, never an issue,

If you look closely, you’ll see some striking similarities between different brands of planers and jointers. For example. my 20” Grizzly planer is identical to Powermatic, Jet.

I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another one, definitely helical head, and it would be a 12”.

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

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Renegade1LI

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#8 posted 10-26-2020 06:06 PM


Thanks, takes a little work with the belt sander but well worth it.

- Renegade1LI

You used a belt sander on your jointer? I assume that s sarcasm—or at least I hope so.

No, not kidding, I do a lot of metal fab & some machining, I have always used a belt sander to clean up & flatten tables. It does take some practice but the results are worth it,when I place my starret straight edge across the table it’s dead flat. Once the tables & fence are indexed the quality of the cut is beyond whats required for wood working.

- Rich


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