When I moved into a shared shop, I sold my 6” jointer (no love loss) because the shared shop had an 8”.
Now that I am back in my own shop, I needed a new jointer.
I REALLY wanted something larger than an 8”. I really, really hate ripping down a nice piece of wood just so I can make it flat (yes, I can do it by hand, and have many times).
I love the idea of an old industrial jointer, but I didn’t want to screw around with 3ph power, or rebuilding a machine. I just wanted it to work. (back to my laziness with shop things)
I did tons of research, saved my pennies and went with the Grizzly 12” with a helical head. One word, beast. This jointer is really great so far. I have not spend a ton of time behind it, but so far, really love it.
What I didn’t love, was trying to get a 1000lb machine out of my trailer!!
I ended up using a cherry picker (designed for yanking auto engines). Worked really well since I was working by myself. High pucker factor though.
I could not have the jointer delivered to my house given I live on a cul de sac, so a semi cannot turn around. I could not have it delivered to shop either, for a similar reason. This left me picking it up at the shipping center. This was fine, as they used a forklift to load it on my trailer.
Now the “getting it off the trailer” fiasco.
The jointer has landed.
I did end up putting a mobile base under the jointer. Good move.