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Forum topic by Shawn1 posted 11-29-2020 06:28 PM 751 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn1

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11-29-2020 06:28 PM

Greetings All,
Given all the sales going on out there this week, I’ve decided the time is right to upgrade my 6” Delta jointer to the Jet 8” Helical cutter model (718250K). While I’ve been targeting this model for some time now, I continue to come back to the Grizzly G0856 8” Helical. The price of the two machines are almost identical, although I would need to buy a mobile base and power cord for the Jet. But that’s not a huge deal. While I don’t think I would regret going with either, I would welcome any last minute comments or opinions from those who may have made a similar purchase over the past year or so. It’s just for my home shop, I don’t do this for living.

My only concern with Grizzly is the 1 year warrantee compared to Jet’s 5 year. After sale technical support is important. Other than that, i could probably go either way.

Looking forward to any comments.

Shawn


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ibewjon

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#1 posted 11-29-2020 06:47 PM

Which one can you get? Nothing against grizzly, I have their machines, but always bought used. When I was looking at 8” jointers, griz was always backordered for months. Found a used Delta 8” long bed for $600 and grabbed it. I don’t know about deliveries from Jet.

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 11-29-2020 07:11 PM

I’ve had the Jet 8” for almost 20 years, before the helical head was available. I’ve added the helix (45 minute job) and I have nothing but good things to say about it. It appears to be the same one they still sell so it’s a solid jointer. Even so, I’d bet the Griz is very good and my experience with them (on other tools) has always been good. The warranty difference wouldn’t matter to me, so I think ibewjon made the best point…..I’d worry about delivery.

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Shawn1

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#3 posted 11-29-2020 07:43 PM

Good question about inventory and delivery. Jet appears to be in stock. Grizzly, not so sure. I’ll have to make some calls tomorrow when everyone is open. I know Jet and Powermatic both had very long leadtimes earlier in the year.

I’ve been watching for used equipment for a while now, but nothing has come up within reasonable distance to my location in New Jersey. I think you need to be in the right place at the right time.

Thanks to you both for the comments. Much appreciated.

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GaryCK

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 08:10 PM

I’ve had a Grizzly G0858 8” helical head jointer for about two years and love it. I can’t recall whether I’ve moved it since setting it up on the right side of my table saw and outfeed table. It is luggable with its roller base but does require a healthy lift on one end since there are not four wheels.

It works wonderfully, though. Smooth cuts. Much more quiet than the 6” straight-blade jointer it replaced. Great control of the cut depth.

I’ve seen a few woodworking magazine reviews of different Jet and Grizzly jointers that spoke well of both brands.

-- Gary, Wisconsin

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hcbph_1

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#5 posted 11-29-2020 09:29 PM

I used to have a Jet 6” jointer before getting my 1955 Delta 8”, additionally I have multiple Grizzly tools along with a Jet lathe. The Jet jointer functioned well but one thing I hated about it was it’s tendency to rust on the machined surfaces. I was always cleaning rust off the in-feed and out-feed tables. I also have intermittent rust issues on the bed of the Jet Lathe. I have a Grizzly cabinet saw and shaper, neither of these have rust issues like the Jet did. Same thing with the current Delta Jointer along with a Shopfox molder I have. Has to be something to do with the material used in the various tools whether they exhibit rust or not is my best guess.

I don’t know if it was just my machines or was a problem the Jets in general. That’s the downside I had with the Jet tools I’ve had.

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therealSteveN

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#6 posted 11-29-2020 09:46 PM

I’ve got the Grizzly G0858, had it for 3 years now, and I love it. Plenty of power, the German knives on the Heli head cut crisp, and if you need to change one, or several out, it’s minutes rather than hours with straight knives. It takes more time to actually identify the chip in question, than to change it. Still just minutes.

I have newer Griz jointer, Planer both with the heli head, a DC system, and 2 air cleaners all gotten in the last 3 years. On every piece I was told they were backed up, and not to expect delivery for over a month, and in every case I had the tool on the ground in my shop within a week.

I’m not saying they have never had a tool take a long time to get here, but I think they operate on tell em a long time, if they are good with it, send it as soon as you can. I know plenty of others who share my experience, and still don’t personally know anyone who waited months. Just saying everything you read isn’t the final word all the time. I realize that isn’t a guarantee, but it is my experience with them over the last few years.

For years I had heard how terrible heli head jointers were online, then I worked with one a friend had, it was the 8” Jet, and it was what sold me on them. His worked well, and there were no issues I was aware of.

I think either way you decide to go, you will be pleased with the tool.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Renegade1LI

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#7 posted 11-29-2020 11:55 PM

Somehow I ended up with a griz G0656 & a powermatic 60, what I like about the griz is the 4 blade cutter head, gives a very clean cut. The PM60 has carbide blades & also has a clean cut, the real trick is zeroing in the machine, I wpould rcomend looking for an old pm60, or delta. Jointers are pretty straight forward & easy to work on, but the old USA cast iron is so much nicer, I can get a mirror like finish. The chinesium cast iron just wont polish up the same & seems more prone to rust. I can’t comment on a helical head, I’m sure they’re real nice but I don’t use it enough & the carbide blades work well. I own a few griz machines & won’t hesitate to buy another, their after sale service is top notch, they really stand behind their product.

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therealSteveN

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#8 posted 11-30-2020 01:41 AM

15 to 20 years ago I would agree about cast iron from Chiwan. Today not so much. Plus it has to be an “older” PM, or you are still looking at Chiwan tooling, just that baby poop yella paint instead of a tasteful green. :-) Of course at twice the price too.

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Renegade1LI

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#9 posted 11-30-2020 03:26 AM



15 to 20 years ago I would agree about cast iron from Chiwan. Today not so much. Plus it has to be an “older” PM, or you are still looking at Chiwan tooling, just that baby poop yella paint instead of a tasteful green. :-) Of course at twice the price too.

- therealSteveN

The PM60 is early 90’s USA , just repainted & cleaned up, for 500$ I think it was a good deal.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 11-30-2020 06:43 AM

See my dates on PM cast iron are correct then, back in 90’s it was still a decent company, still over priced, but I used to use PM66’s forever, before that a few 65’s

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Shawn1

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#11 posted 12-08-2020 02:06 PM

All of this feedback was great, thank you. If I could have found a second hand PM or delta within a reasonable drive, I would have gone that route. A couple of days after my initial post, I decided to move forward with the Grizzly. And wouldn’t you know, as predicted by ibewjon… out of stock until the summer. Not sure why they put machines on sale, list them as in stock in the Missouri warehouse, and then they’re not. Anyway, I pulled the trigger on the Jet 8” while it was 15% off and shipped free. It is allegedly shipping on 12/9. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

Shawn

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 12-08-2020 10:56 PM

After 4 or 5 buys from them. I forget, but all of them I was told weeks, to months later I would get my tool, and it was always within a week 10 days max. I think they say that, so if you agree, and it’s early, probably less birching than the other way around.

-- Think safe, be safe

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ibewjon

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#13 posted 12-09-2020 10:30 AM

Recently, another member was telling the story here about unending backorder on a grizzly table saw. So sorry to hear it, but I am not surprised. I was passing through springfield, and stopped at the showroom. I was going to take my new jointer home with me, but no, it was backordered. Why would they tell me that when I was there to load it on my truck? I have used grizz in the shop, but I will never try for new again.

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Shawn1

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#14 posted 12-09-2020 04:19 PM

Well I just was notified this morning the Jet ship date has been pushed out 3 weeks (12/22). It was supposed to ship today. Unfortunately this is the nature of the covid era supply chain. I’ve decided if it doesn’t ship by this new date, I will probably just cancel the order and try again next year, and keep watching for something used. I’ve still got my 6” delta!

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MBurke

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#15 posted 12-09-2020 09:15 PM

Shawn, I have been going through the jointer selection process that last few months also. I landed on the Grizzly GO855 8” with straight knifes. I don’t use it a lot and its a upgrade from my old craftsman 6” jointer.
I ordered Saturday the 5th and it should be here Thursday or Friday. It’s shipped already. I live in Iowa

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