|Review by Matthew||posted 01-31-2014 11:34 PM||23050 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
- Grizzly G0634XP 12" Planer/Jointer with Spiral Cutterhead
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Jointers
I recently purchased this machine, as a replacement for my Jet 8 inch jointer planer combo machine. Here’s my thoughts so far.
As stated above, I bought this machine as an upgrade to my 8 in Jet combo machine. This came as a necessity when I began working on building a traditional style workbench, and found the long and heavy slabs to be way too big for the small machine to handle, specifically for the planer function of the machine.
I went back and forth on whether to get another combo machine, and decided, that for me, the space and cost were the critical factors in my shop. I did not factor for ease of changeover between jointer planer modes, because I was already used to using this type of machine, with my small jet taking much more time to change over, than some of the larger machines.
While I can afford the best of the combo machines available (IMHO the Mini Max) or a powermatic jointer and powermatic planer, I did not feel that grizzly’s machine was that far below these machines where quality is concerned. The main advantage to the grizzly is the spiral cutterhead, which saved me around $1000 when comparing other options with spiral cutters. Btw I considered the minimax, felder, Laguna, jet, and grizzly combo machines.
The crate it came is was in poor condition, but the machine wasn’t damaged. I take issue with the fact that UPS freight only does curbside delivery, as I was left alone to figure out how to move this 700 lb machine throughout eh grass and into my shop. But otherwise, nothing major wrong with the delivery.
The machines, calibration was almost perfect out of the box, good table alignment Nd out feed height needed no adjustment, the fence needed a little tweak to the positive stops, but that was easy to do.
The machine is rated at 5 hp, and is VERY powerful. I also cannot say enough good things about the spiral cutterhead, I recommend the upgrade to everyone, not just those in the combo machine market, the surfaces left required minimal hand work and sanding, and the boards were flat and square. This machine can also take up to an 1/8” cut, so it makes quick work of really rough boards. As stated, I am in the process of a workbench build, and the machine handled all tests superbly.
I know most people count changeover as a bid drawback to the combo machines, but it really isn’t that big of a deal. As stated, coming from the 8 in Jet, which had an annoyingly long changeover, the grizzly is a breeze, the most annoying aspect is moving the dust hose, but I may go with some quick connects to fix that issue.
I am extremely happy with my purchase. In the end, the serious contenders were the Laguna, jet, and grizzly. I felt that the Laguna and grizzly were about the same, so it came down to the grizzly and jet. The things that turned me off for the jet was the weird ribbed cast iron tables and the euro style guard, which I feel is more nerve racking to use than the pork hop style (just in my opinion, as it is MY safety I’m concerned with). Also, the jet’s spiral cutterhead model was about 800$ more than the grizzly. The decision to go with the combo machine as opposed to dedicated machines was a little tougher as I could really see the benefits of a 15” planer, but for the work I do, I feel that the grizzly’s capacity is plenty. I also can not say enough about the pricing and performance of the spiral cutterhead, makes this machine completely worth it.
Feel free to comment or ask a question, I’ll answer as best I’m able.
-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...