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Forum topic by Andybb posted 01-20-2021 11:05 PM 862 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andybb

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01-20-2021 11:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer question joining

I now have 3 jointers in my little shop. Long story kinda short….

About 2 months ago I sold my older 6” refurbed Grizzly 1182 and bought a Wahuda 8” benchtop with the spiral cutter head and arms that extend to 51” or so inches in an attempt to save some space. Love the Wahuda. Then I had a dining table project with some really heavy S4S 8’ 8/4 boards so I went out and bought another used Grizz 1182ZX for that, thinking that it would be a better choice for the job and second-guessing my decision to sell the Grizz.

As it turns out, my track saw and table saw did a better job of prepping them to be glued so I was thinking about selling the 1182ZX as I’d have the track saw for big stuff and the Wahuda 8” benchtop for everything else.

Then, to make matters worse I found a “like new” G0452 on CL yesterday for $300 including a new set of blades and the height setting jig and sharpener that I just couldn’t pass up just in case I decide I need 2. It was used by a woman who owns a picture frame production shop so it saw light-duty use. After 2 years of shopping, refurbing and selling jointers the 4520 is a “you suck” deal. She just bought an 8” helical head Grizz.

So…..I have one or two too many jointers. (will definitely sell the 1182ZX) What would you do? Do I still need a full-sized 6” Grizz?

pottz?? Any sage advise :-)

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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bbasiaga

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#1 posted 01-20-2021 11:23 PM

Well, that 4520 is probably gone by now, if your CL is anything like ours. :(

But I find a 6” jointer with long beds is pretty handy. I would say every project I have a board that is not only wider than 6”, but also wider than 8”, so for me I’ve just learned a few tricks for jointing wider boards and stopped worrying about getting a wider jointer. (The universe must have a rule similar to the clamp rule….the width of the jointer you need is 1”+ the width of the jointer you have!).

Plus I hated moving around my benchtop. For something so small, it was dang heavy! The big guy takes up space, but I use it on every project so I don’t feel it is wasted space. If its a good deal go for it and stop worrying about future jointers.

-Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Andybb

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#2 posted 01-20-2021 11:30 PM



Well, that 4520 is probably gone by now, if your CL is anything like ours. :(

-Brian

- bbasiaga

No. It’s in my garage. I saw it and went and bought it. I can sell that baby for $375 all day long. Reminds me of “The Count” on Sesame Street. “Ah Ah, I have 3, count ‘em 3, jointers.”

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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pottz

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#3 posted 01-20-2021 11:32 PM

sounds like your running a used jointer shop-lol.well andy thats only a question you can answer.personally i couldn’t do without at least the 6”,i really wanna upgrade to a 8” heli head myself but ive got one of those space issues like many here.good luck and when im ready too get that 8” ill call you first-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-20-2021 11:41 PM

The Wahuda was a late-night Amazon purchase as I was sitting in the shop lamenting that I had no jointer. Seemed like a good idea at the time. I do love the faux heli head though. Beautiful finish.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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CWWoodworking

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#5 posted 01-21-2021 01:27 AM

I would want the width more than the length. Almost all FAS wood is wider than 6” so I never understood why the 6” jointer is so popular. It would annoy me to no end having to rough cut a board down just so I can mill it.

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pottz

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#6 posted 01-21-2021 01:39 AM



I would want the width more than the length. Almost all FAS wood is wider than 6” so I never understood why the 6” jointer is so popular. It would annoy me to no end having to rough cut a board down just so I can mill it.

- CWWoodworking


tell me about it.for me it’s the size that im having the problem,and im working on fixing.ive got to get rid of a shaper i inherited and have never used and maybe another machine,then the big boy will come,maybe even go up to 10”.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#7 posted 01-21-2021 02:30 AM

Helical heads-

-- Desert_Woodworker

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pottz

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#8 posted 01-21-2021 03:01 AM



Helical heads-

- Desert_Woodworker


the only way too fly!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 01-21-2021 03:01 AM


Well, that 4520 is probably gone by now, if your CL is anything like ours. :(

-Brian

- bbasiaga

No. It s in my garage. I saw it and went and bought it. I can sell that baby for $375 all day long. Reminds me of “The Count” on Sesame Street. “Ah Ah, I have 3, count em 3, jointers.”

- Andybb

How do you like the Wahuda 8”? Is it worth the extra money over the run of the mill 6” ones? I’m looking at jointers. I have a Grizzly store about 1 1/2 hrs. from me here in MO, but haven’t been over there yet.

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#10 posted 01-21-2021 05:20 PM

Yeah, please tell about your Wahuda

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#11 posted 01-21-2021 08:31 PM

How do you like the Wahuda 8”? Is it worth the extra money over the run of the mill 6” ones? I m looking at jointers. I have a Grizzly store about 1 1/2 hrs. from me here in MO, but haven t been over there yet.

- OzarkSawdust


Yeah, please tell about your Wahuda

- BigMig

Lots of reviews on youtube done better than I can. I love it. Works great. Smooth and accurate. Seems to do exactly what it’s advertised to do.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 01-21-2021 08:33 PM

My question is, would you want a full sized Grizz or could you get buy with the Wahuda in my situation since my track saw cuts just as good of a line as the jointer does on bigger boards?

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 01-21-2021 08:46 PM

You have three. If you sell one, you will only have two. And two isn’t as good as three. Four would be even better, so keep watching Craig’s list!!!

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CWWoodworking

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#14 posted 01-21-2021 09:05 PM

IMO if your working with rough lumber, establishing a face is the most important thing. So 8” or bigger would be an absolute must for me.

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Andybb

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#15 posted 01-21-2021 10:30 PM


IMO if your working with rough lumber, establishing a face is the most important thing. So 8” or bigger would be an absolute must for me.

- CWWoodworking


That’s what I’m thinking. I just get a warm fuzzy feeling having a floor model jointer in the shop but that 8” bed without knives is nice to have. I just can’t justify the expense of an 8” floor model jointer (most of which seem to like 220V) nor space it would take up. And, like I said, the track saw did an awesome job without having to muscle those 8’ long 8/4” boards. Plus the Wahuda has extension arms to 51” in addition to not getting any snipe. Just seems weird to not have a full-sized machine in the shop.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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