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Posted on New combo Jointer/Planer and table saw dilemma - opinions please

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#1 posted 01-18-2011 06:19 PM

Wow, a lot of great responses. I’ll try to address each of the points you’ve all brought up.

Rich, I’m from Marion. I just jumped on board the Festool bandwagon – its superb dust control and systemic approach to its tools has restored my love for the woodworking. I started with the R0 125 and the CT 22 and after sanding with them for the first time, I was hooked. I bit pretty hard – I now have the Domino, TS 55, MFT/3, 55” & 106” guide rails and the OF 1010 should be here today. As far as Grizzly is concerned, I owned 8”x65” jointer for years and it was a great machine. When you need some heavy duty iron without a bunch of bells and whistles at a great price, Grizzly is awfully hard to beat. I know some of the Festool purists argue that a table saw is redundant if you own the TS 55 but it’s hard to knock the convenience of ripping hardwood on a decent table saw on a mobile base.

Here’s some background on my situation. I’m a hobbyist woodworker. My garage (22’ wide and 34’ deep) is my shop and is shared with my vehicles. I’ve had a mish mash of tools that I’ve built up over the years many of which were purchased more due to cost than quality. I did have a very nice (and large) Jet cabinet saw. It had the 52” extension table AND a 60” Excalibur (now Exaktor) sliding table. It was great for breaking down sheet goods and large stock but it absolutely dominated my garage. It was impossible to do any work in the garage without moving the vehicles out. By switching to tools that are more mobile I can work in the garage (it’s heated by the way) without moving the vehicles out.

For jointing and planing I had the previously mentioned Grizz 8” jointer and a Ryobi 10” lunch box planer. I wanted something beefier for planing but I did not want to use up any more space than my old jointer did. The combo J/P machines seemed to fit the bill. Initially, I was looking at the 10” machines but after further research, the spiral cutterheads really interested me. Unfortunately as live4ever mentioned, Grizzly doesn’t have a spiral cutter on their 10”. Looking at Laguna didn’t occur to me until I ran into the back order situation at Grizzly.

As far as the 10” vs 12” issue goes, initially I was perfectly fine with a 10” J/P. I didn’t think my purchasing manager would let me spend the $$ on the 12”. There have been a handful of times I wished a could have gone wider, but honestly 10” is fine. I have to admit as much I’d love to have the 12” capacity, horsing a 3/4 ton piece of equipment into my garage and on to a mobile base scares the snot out of me. The Laguna 10” at 436 lbs. looks a little more doable. That’s basically the same weight as my old jointer.

The Laguna looks like a really nice machine and by the way the $1973 delivered price was on a new machine, not a scratch and dent. I could go with this machine and wait for the Grizz hybrid – saving $400-$500 dollars wouldn’t bother my purchasing manager.

As far as wood I work in – I’m pretty vanilla. Oak, Walnut, Cherry – for tables up to 2” – 3” thick. Ummm – practicing handcut dovetails? I probably should but I’m kind of a “lazy” woodworker – why do it by hand when they make machines to do the work?

I also wanted to mention how well quality, well-kept machines keep their value. I sold that Grizzly 8” on Craigslist for $500 and my whole table saw setup for $1500 on Craigslist. That’s not a whole lot less than what I paid for them 15 years ago.

Again, as I new member of Lumberjocks, thanks for all your input – keep it coming.

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