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Forum topic by Ziffster posted 04-04-2013 05:08 AM 1261 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2013 05:08 AM

I’m facing a tough decision.

I want to upgrade my Jointer, Planer and Table Saw but what to get. Right now I have a contractor style 1.5hp table saw, bench top 5” jointer, and 13” lunchbox planer. What I would really like would be a 12” Jointer, 16” Planer and Sliding Table Saw but that ain’t going to happen on just $5K.

Narrowed the field down to two options:

  • Grizzly 12” Jointer/Planer ($2,000) + Grizzly 10” 5hp Sliding Table Saw ($3,000)
  • Grizzly 16” Jointer/Planer ($4,000) + Grizzly 10” 3hp Table Saw ($1,000)

BTW I do mainly cabinet work and like starting with rough cut lumber and have in the past more than once found myself constrained by the width of my current planer. In the past I’ve only done a few pieces a year but with the kids moving away from home I now have more time on my hands (plus more homes for my finished pieces since I can’t bear to sell my finished pieces yet).

Which way would you go?

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 06:51 AM

Have you considered a combination machine with planer, jointer, tablesaw? One might meet your needs here and the cost is similar to your budget.

Good luck.

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 11:15 AM

I’d go with the larger jointer/planer.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 12:32 PM

I’ve looked 5-in-1 machines – but even used I’ve not been able to find one in the $5K range other than the Laguna NX31 which all reviews describe as a nice machine if you don’t mind constantly needing to play with the calibration since it likes to slip out of whack.

Plus as my shop is fairly narrow the problem with the ‘all-in-one’ machines is that need to be accessed from all sides rather than sitting against a wall. My dream machines would have been a Hammer A3-41 and a B3 Comfort but new they come in at over $15K and the only used one I’ve seen was over $9,000.

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 01:36 PM

Found myself in the same situation-same budget just over a year ago.
Same options 1 and 2.
I went with a third option, searched out used more heavy machines. Yes they did require new bearings and belts, 3phase converters, but, in the end, I have much better machines.
You seemed to have left out a key piece,—- bandsaw.
The combo planer/jointer would not be the way I would go, that would hinder the process for me, separate machines is better in my opinion.

Sliding saw, well, might be nice, a good cabinet saw was a huge improvement over the contractors saw I have had for 20yrs.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 02:44 PM

hope your young and have a strong back to hoist wood up on those big machines cause if you dont you don’t need that big equipment just saying

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 02:46 PM

I have a rupture from handling walnut logs or being in a hurry you might say slabing them out with chainsaw

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 02:53 PM

“hope your young and have a strong back to hoist wood up on those big machines”

I’m old enough to start to appreciate your comments, last project I did I started with 12” wide 8/4 and 12/4 in lengths up to 9’ and after a day straight on the planer I was definitely feeling it unlike when I was younger and would go out for a night of dancing after a similar day.

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 03:05 PM

2nd option

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 03:19 PM

I have a Grizzly 12” spiral head jointer and it’s a great tool. I get PMs all the time asking how I like my jointer and what’s my opinion but whether they should get a 12” or not. Many times I find that what the people want is a longer bed on their jointer rather than a 12” wide jointer to go 8” ,around $1200 less. I don’t know what kind of projects you make but if it were me I’d take the 5k and get a top of the line Saw Stop and save up for the jointer and planner.
We all got to do what we go to do.

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 11:03 PM

I have the Jet JJP12-HH (helical head) combo. This machine has the quickest convert time of all the combos, because the jointer beds move as a unit, and you don’t have to remove (or even move) the jointer fence. With a Wixey gauge, recovering a planer setting is quick, easy, and reliable. And I love the spiral cutter head. Much quieter than a straight knife machine.

I was planning on getting Grizzly’s version with the spiral head, but an incredible deal came up for the Jet on CL (and it was a new machine). The jointer bed is only 55” long, but I plan to make removable extensions for it.

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 12:01 AM

I would also go with the second option. I have been ripping 8/4 oak with my 3HP TS without any issues whatsoever. In a rel production shop you might want/need 5HP, but I can’t imagine needing it in a non-commercial shop. Regarding the jointer/planer, I would take the extra capacity any time because you just can’t stretch those 12” models. :D

-- Art

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