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#1 posted 08-22-2011 09:23 PM

I have a 6” Craftsman Professional series jointer with a lever control for the infeed table. It works just fine for me. As long as the infeed bed slides smoothly I see no disadvantage to the lever.

My jointer has a similar footprint to the Grizzly. I have to add support to the outfeed table if I’m jointing long (80”) stock. The Rigid looks to have an advantage there.

I am not so pleased with the fence mount on my jointer. I have it set at 90 degrees and it seems to do a fine job of keeping it there. But I have little confidence that it is easy to change the angle for a bevel and then return the fence reliably to 90 degrees. From what I could see from the pictures it is not clear that the Grizzly fence mount is better. I didn’t see anything on the Rigid. I have looked at the Delta 37-275X X5 jointer and it’s fence mount inspired more confidence, but I didn’t play with it much. I don’t think it is unique to Delta, but it may require a step up in price. Not clear to me whether this feature is worth the price.

The other thing to consider is a spiral cutter head, if you are buying new.

For basic work I don’t see much downside to Mike’s suggestion on buying a used jointer in good condition. Check that the fence and beds are flat, that the beds move smoothly and remain co-planar.

-- Greg D.

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