|Review by BrownWaterDesigns||posted 12-07-2011 10:25 PM||7005 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
I picked up a Jet-JJCSX off Craigslist a few weeks ago and it was in great shape, except for the blades. They were completely destroyed and it looked as though the previous owner jointed a board full of wood screws. Anyway, after looking costs of the various blades and comparing HSS vs carbide vs how frequently they would have to be changed (which is not a pleasant undertaking) I started looking at the spiral cutter heads on the market and decided to go with the Grizzly for a number of reasons. First, this model comes with new bearings and a cast iron pulley and is completely “drop in” for my jointer. This would make installation much easier and I would not have to disassemble to old cutter head to remove the necessary parts in order to make another brand, such as the Byrd work with my jointer. Secondly, the spiral cutter head blades can be rotated when they get nicked or dull so essentially it’s like having four sets of blades. When I priced the Jet brand blades at my local woodcraft they were around 80 bucks a set. Multiply that times four and that easily exceeds what I paid for the Grizzly cutter head by 100 bucks. Third, I don’t have to worry about setting the blade height anymore. I tinkered around with the old cutter head while I waited for the Grizzly to come in and setting the blade height was more than frustrating, it was downright maddening. With the grizzly H7653, 5 cutters are included as well as a T-handle driver and a few T20 torx bits for changing out the cutters.
Installation was a breeze. I think it took less than thirty minutes to pull off the old cutter head and install the new Grizzly model and about another 30 minutes of re-aligning the tables and fence. So in about an hour’s time I was up and running, installation complete. I jointed some red oak, walnut, mahogany and purple heart to see how it would perform on different types of wood and all I can say is WOW!! There was no tear out, even when jointing against the grain (tried it just to see what would happen), left a smooth surface that needs little to no sanding, and it left a 90 degree edge so crisp and sharp that it could cut you if you ran your hand across it quickly. I also colored the wood with some chalk to see it the jointer left any of the wavy lines or ridges that are common with jointed boards and there were none.
100% Recommended! Here is a link to the product page. It is on sale right for 219.95.
-- Matt, Brown Water Designs