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Micah

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05-11-2021 01:14 AM

Made the mistake of trying to save money and space in my shop by buying a 6” benchtop jointer. The short 30” table is extremely limiting, the fence feels flimsy at best, and on multiple occasions I’ve needed to joint boards wider than just 6”.

Anyone have any suggestion for a solid 8” helical head jointer?


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HowardAppel

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#1 posted 05-11-2021 01:22 AM

I am sure you will get a lot of responses on this, but basic question is what is your budget?

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#2 posted 05-11-2021 05:51 AM

I went with an 8” spiral head from Grizzly. A few years later – zero regrets.

Here is my review on it:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/6106

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Micah

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#3 posted 05-11-2021 06:39 AM



I am sure you will get a lot of responses on this, but basic question is what is your budget?

- HowardAppel


Looking at my options in the $1K~$2K range. I’d like to try and keep it under $2k max (give or take a little bit I guess)

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 05-11-2021 10:16 AM

Give some thought to how quickly you want it, some of them are backordered. But I’d start with Grizzly…..or maybe CL.

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#5 posted 05-11-2021 11:15 AM

Also a Grizzly here, with bed extension. which I added a helical head. In use for 20 years never an issue. Imwoukf get the longest bed you can. 83” makes a big difference over 72.

There appear to be inventory issues across the brands.

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mlipps

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#6 posted 05-11-2021 12:31 PM

Buy a Powermatic Pj882 straight knife, buy a HH from Byrd, and install it yourself. Takes 20 min. It’ll save you 500 bucks. It’s what I did.

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bigJohninvegas

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#7 posted 05-11-2021 01:58 PM

I agree with starting with Grizzly. they have two in your price range, but both say more on the way.
https://www.grizzly.com/search?q=(category:%22Jointers%22)&fq=(cutterhead_type:%22Helical%22)

I have picked up a few tools through Home Depot. Tools that have not been available in town. And they offer free delivery to the store. Figure if I have a problem with it I am dealing with the store directly, and not a 1-800 or online email to try to fix it.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jet-JWJ-8HH-8-ft-Helical-Head-Jointer-2HP-1PH-230-Volt-718250K/302607898?irgwc=1&cm_mmc=afl-ir-78091-456723-&clickid=yIQyQeTRsxyLUbdwUx0Mo36dUkB22BTlUQ3r200

Baileigh has a couple too.
https://www.baileigh.com/woodworking/jointers/jointing-machines

Anyway, all of these stayed in your price range.
good luck.

-- John

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bigJohninvegas

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#8 posted 05-11-2021 02:01 PM



I agree with starting with Grizzly. they have two in your price range, but both say more on the way.
https://www.grizzly.com/search?q=(category:%22Jointers%22)&fq=(cutterhead_type:%22Helical%22)

I have picked up a few tools through Home Depot. Tools that have not been available in town. And they offer free delivery to the store. Figure if I have a problem with it I am dealing with the store directly, and not a 1-800 or online email to try to fix it.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Jet-JWJ-8HH-8-ft-Helical-Head-Jointer-2HP-1PH-230-Volt-718250K/302607898?irgwc=1&cm_mmc=afl-ir-78091-456723-&clickid=yIQyQeTRsxyLUbdwUx0Mo36dUkB22BTlUQ3r200

And it seems HD actually has tools in stock. I picked up a powermatic dust collector last black friday. And seems almost ever tool is back ordered these days. Got that DC right away.

Baileigh has a couple too.
https://www.baileigh.com/woodworking/jointers/jointing-machines

Anyway, all of these stayed in your price range.
good luck.

- bigJohninvegas


-- John

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therealSteveN

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#9 posted 05-11-2021 03:22 PM


I went with an 8” spiral head from Grizzly. A few years later – zero regrets.

Here is my review on it:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/reviews/6106

- Kelly

I have the same jointer as Kelly, also for a few years. I love it. I was somewhat hesitant to buy it as some of the heli head jointer naysayers make them out to be like living with the devil. Smartest $$$$$ I ever spent on a tool.

These pics are pretty lo quality, but you can clearly tell they are of highly figured Walnut burl/crotch. Seeing how glass smooth they are is hard with the lo quality, but I did little more after face jointing them, and doing one edge. Smooth as a babies….....

I have had Byrd brand products for Planer, and another jointer, and the other peep I hear about Griz is their Heli heads aren’t as good. Having owned both, I can only say that isn’t true. Like any kind of cutting tool, if it’s improperly set up, you will get less than great results, so make sure to check each cutter for proper torque, BTW it will be “inch pounds” not foot pounds like a car. You should buy an inch pound torque wrench to be accurate, and make sure they are properly aligned. I think this is probably the issue most of the critical parties have had, if in fact they ever owned a heli head tool, prior to bashing them. Likewise if you put in straight cut jointer knives at different depths, you’ll get crap results, and very poor wear on the steel.

-- Think safe, be safe

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pintodeluxe

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#10 posted 05-11-2021 03:34 PM

I would look at the new JX series jointers from Laguna. They have two 8” models to choose from. One is budget minded but still has carbide inserts. The other has a full spiral Sheartec II head.

The body of the jointer has a really sleek design without any knobs to catch your clothing on. It also has a safety stop bar that runs the full length of the base.

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#11 posted 05-11-2021 03:58 PM

I was ready to buy a Grizzly 8” jointer for the last two mos. The est. ship date for my order? ....2/22! Same for Harvey jointers too. Unbelievable.

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 05-12-2021 08:21 PM

FWIW I have 3 big Griz tools now. All were before Covid, and trade agreements etc etc, so maybe different now. But in each case I was told when I ordered it would be x months to ship, and in each case I got it within a month. Pretty sure they operate on the rather to make em happy than the other, so ship dates are often exaggerated.

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#13 posted 05-13-2021 02:33 AM

I don’t really need or want to sell my Delta DJ-20 but if someone offered me $4K that would a least start discussion.

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