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Forum topic by NewEnglandsWoodWorks posted 01-29-2012 04:01 AM 9687 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 04:01 AM

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Hi all,

Im looking into purchasing a jointer for the shop. I have narrowed down the selection to the grizzly GO725 bench top 6 in jointer or the grizzly GO654 6 in jointer. Any other suggestions? My budget is to about $700. What do you guys think I should get?


-- Brett

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#1 posted 01-29-2012 04:24 AM

I would skip the benchtop and go with the G0654 over it. You’ll appreciate the 46” bed over the shorter bench top bed. I’d try taking a look on Craigslist to see if you can find something on there. I picked up a barely used 6” Jet jointer on there for 300. Not to say Grizzly tools aren’t great (just got their 14” BS and G0715p table saw a few weeks ago), some great second hand machines are out there as well. For a $700 budget you could easily get a nice 8” jointer if you have the space and power. But, if none of that interests you, go with the 0654 at a minimum.

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#2 posted 01-29-2012 04:26 AM


-- Brett

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#3 posted 01-29-2012 04:36 AM

I would not bother with a bench top model. Get nothing less than the G0654.

If you can squeeze it into your budget, get the G0604X 6in Parallelogram Jointer for it’s 55-1/2” long table. That will bump you up to $824 with shipping.

I understand what a budget is and feel the constraints of a shallow wallet myself. But the longer the table you can get, the better.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 01-29-2012 04:46 AM

I am on my 3rd jointer. I started out with a Jet 6” that was the same size as the G0654. I found out very quickly that the table length was not sufficient for many projects.

I upgraded to the PowerMatic 54A which has a 66” table length. This was a dream machine compared to the short bed Jet I was using.

The PowerMatic 54A might have been fine but the projects I started getting were a good bit bigger and I needed to go wider and with a spiral cutter for the difficult wood grain I was working with.

I have been most happy with an Grizzly 8” jointer with a spiral head cutter. The funny thing is that the PowerMatic had a bed just as long as my current 8” has.

I know the PowerMatic and any 8” models are out of the budget, but the moral of the story is buy the biggest you can get. If you can squeeze it into your budget in any way get the G0604X for it’s long bed.

It is cheaper to get a machine once than to buy it twice or three times due to upgrades.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 01-29-2012 05:03 AM


I bought the Ridgid 6” and have been very pleased with it’s performance and quality. Yes, it would be great to have an 8” or 12” with a longer bed but, this one suits my present needs.

Good luck with whatever you select.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#6 posted 01-29-2012 05:26 AM

Skip the bench top if at all possible.

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#7 posted 01-29-2012 05:18 PM

I have owned the G0604X for a couple of years now and I think it is great. I know it is beyond your budget but there are at least 3 good reasons to step up to that model. (1) When I am running 4 or more inches of hardwood through the jointer, even if taking off a very thin slice, my motor is strained. It can handle it but I would not want to have any less horse power. (2) I feel that my 55 1/2” table is barely long enough. I would not want anything shorter. (3) The parallelogram system is great.

The following comments may apply to all Grizzlys – I’m not sure, but I know they apply to mine. It’s a very solid, rugged and dependable machine. THe built in mobile base works great. I’m particularly happy with the fence. It is easy to tilt and move in and out and when it is set in place it is set in place. I never worry about any slippage.

Only negative thought – - If I want to use all 6” of capacity, I need to completely remove the safety shield. With the safety shield in place (where it should be) my capacity is only 5.5”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 02:59 PM

Well if you have 700$ you could get a very nice jointer. The thing about benchtop jointers are you dont have much infeed and outfeed table. I would get a steel city jointer beacause they have a granite surfface and at the right price. Just make sure you dont go overboard for a kid like you. You only need a 6’ not a 8’ hope you pick the right one and good luck brett!


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#9 posted 03-26-2012 03:08 PM

I bought a used PM 6” that I’ve not been entirely happy with, even though it was only 2 years old. For that price point, I’d probably look at the Rigid. There are way too many people happy with that sub$500 jointer for it to be a fluke. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#10 posted 03-26-2012 03:28 PM

I have a Rigid 6” and like it but I wish I had waited a little longer and got an 8” Grizzly.There is a niece section in Wood Magazine about face jointing boards wider than what your joiner cut.

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#11 posted 03-26-2012 03:41 PM

I had a Steel City Helical cutter jointer, it would not stay in coplaner….sadly it was returned to Lowes.

Now, a 6” Grizzly does the Job, having a longer table to work on is very nice, stay away from the Benchtop models if you can afford it. The Helicial Cutter blade is amazing,easy to change the carbide cutters.
Best of Luck

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