|Review by TJU||posted 03-04-2011 02:00 AM||6096 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
It has taken me a few weeks but I have finally got my new planer and jointer all adjusted and running. I ran about 30 bf a cherry through them for a project I am working on. This is the first Grizzly purchase that I have made and I will definitely look at Grizzly when I go to upgrade my 9” crapsman band saw that I got for $35 on Craig’s list.
The fit and finish we about what I expected. I took about 5 minutes to file the sharp edges and scrape a few drops of paint off the jointer fence. The only difficult part to clean was the cutter head but Running some wood through it helps. You can see the track lines of the blades if you hold it into the light at a low angle but you can remove them with 1-2 passes of a plane or just some minor sanding with a ROS. No more work required than my old jet 6” (jj-6cs). I love the parallelogram design and the lever adjustment. They work smooth and it is much quicker to lock and unlock the table and move the lever than it is with my old jointer. Both beds and the fence are flat. The only adjustment I had to make was to slightly lower the outfeed bed. I could have gone through the process of raising the right side of the infeed table. I don’t think that it would have been difficult but it was only low by a few thousandths of an inch, and at over 6 feet in length I didn’t think it was needed. The one thing I was surprised at is the amount of force needed to push a board through (the board was not wider than 6”). It is not difficult, just harder than a straight knifed jointer. It may be because there is a blade almost continuously cutting. I would recommend this to anyone interested in an 8” jointer. I think that the $150-200 difference for the parallelogram design is worth it. I’m not sure that a helical head jointer is as important if you have one on your planer but I got it anyway.
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