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04-07-2014 03:59 PM

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I’m trying to research buying a jointer this summer. I’m sticking to the 6” ones because I just don’t have the room for an 8 inch one in my basement shop. (If I did my grandpa would find himself down an old yates american). Generally I work with old culled staves (2-4” w X 38-40” L). How big of a jointer can I get by with, yes I know buy as big as I can afford. Can I get by with a benchtop one? It looks like they have a bed length of about 30” generally. I jump up to a floor model you get double the length of bed for double the price it seems. So how big of

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 04:01 PM

A little Jet 6” floor model is a decent machine. It served me well until I needed an 8” model.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 04:26 PM

Bench jointers give up a lot to a floor jointer….I’d strongly encourage you to find a way to make a floor unit fit. Grizzly tends to be among the more attractively priced, but if you can land one of these NOS Geetech jointers for ~ $350 shipped, you’d have a good machine.

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 04:33 PM

6 inch spiral and be done with it, or knives are ok I have a 8in with knives and planed alot of hard seasoned white oak and they are still cutting good, lots of choices I guess if I had it to do over I would go with spiral cutter and enjoy the pc and quiet

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 04:54 PM

why thank you Scott. I guess the easy part is done, now how do I break it to my wife.

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 05:09 PM

Tell her it’s worth as much used as it is new…..which is mostly true, except for the shipping!

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 05:30 PM

I have been searching for a jointer for quite a while now. That actually looks like a killer deal. Knotscott, do you have this jointer?

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 05:40 PM

Knotscott, that jointer says the warranty is null. Do you have this jointer or know anyone who does have
one. I would hesitate to buy a new machine they will not warranty.

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 05:57 PM

Gus, I’d guess someone just didn’t enter the warranty info into the system. If you contact the seller they may be able to provide the actual warranty info.

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 06:07 PM

AFAIK, the same jointer was sold as the Grizzly 1182 series, Sunhill, Bridgewood, older Jet, older GI, Woodtek and others. I have an 1182HW. Never dealt with Loma before, and know nothing about the warranty, but though it looked like a solid deal….it’s a well proven jointer.

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 07:00 PM

I would suggest you watch craig list and auctions for some good old AMERICAN iron. I think a good 4” might fit your needs to start with. You can always trade up and these typically go for $50-$100 in my area. Don’t know the size but this one should be close to you.
You can always ad an extension to the tables if needed. I have both an 8” and 4”, I use the 4” almost all of the time.
best wishes

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#11 posted 04-08-2014 02:37 PM

From my experience, I would stay away from Grizzly jointers, unless you want to finish putting the machine together for them after you receive it. See my thread here for more info”

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#12 posted 04-08-2014 03:21 PM

I am sympathetic to George M, but thats not really fair. You very well could have loaded it up and sent it back. At the price Grizzly charges they probably sell more machines than any other company. If you were to compare happy vs mad customers there are more happy, you just don’t hear about as many of the happy. If every machine came off the line like George’s there is no way they would still be open.

As to what you need. I went many years with a 6”. If you compare the size of a 6” to an 8” they are very close in size. My 8” is only 19” longer than the 6”. The benefits to having an 8” are well worth it. If you can get an 8” from grampa then borrow it,try it out you may find it to be a good fit. If not then you are not out anything and you are free to find the 6” of your dreams. Just my thoughts.

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#13 posted 04-08-2014 03:34 PM

In defense of the benchtop jointers out there, I have a Sunhill SM-150B, which is just a rebranded Geetech 6” benchtop jointer, and the only issue I have had jointing wise is width, not length. A floor model 6 incher wouldn’t help with that at all…

Yes you do give up mass with a bench top, but solidly mounted to a mount board, then clamped to a heavy bench and you have all the mass you could want.

Infeed / outfeed supports help. I have adjustable saw horses and roller stands that help me extend the capacity of my jointer. Same would be true of a floor model… Yes removing cupping from longer stock can be tough with a bench jointer, but I haven’t had too much trouble with that. And yes, I have ended up using alternative face jointing methods when the jointer just won’t cut it… But like you, I don’t have the space for an 8, or even 12 inch jointer…

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#14 posted 04-08-2014 03:54 PM

My $550 delivered 6” grizzly has been fantastic. I had no qc issues with mine at all and customer service is great. Simple to setup. From the time it was delivered it took just 3 hours to put it together and get it dialed in for use.


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#15 posted 04-08-2014 03:58 PM

Stay away from anything branded grizzly or rigid. The cheap prices they offer are not worth the cheap quality they sell. I see a lot of decent jointers on Craigslist.

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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