|Review by tooldad||posted 09-30-2008 06:18 AM||19846 views||4 times favorited||21 comments|
It is not too often someone other than a writer from a woodworking magazine gets to buy 2 different models of the same tool and compare them. I looked through the Grizzly catalog and website and did some paper comparision. I chose the G0586 for the school shop. It was $100 cheaper and had handwheel adjustments for both the tables and the fence.
Once I got down to Springfield to pickup the tools, I went shopping for myself (this was planned) My first intention was to get the same jointer that I was getting for the school shop, for myself also. I haven’t been a big fan of the lever table adjustments. Honestly because the one that the shop had before (delta) the kids abused. However some of that is the previous instructor’s attitude, unfortunately. I got to try the levers, and they work great. I like the bigger base cabinet. I only wish they would have incorporated a storage compartment for the wrenches and manual since is mostly dead space inside except for the starter switch box and the dust shoot. I just put the wrenches in a heavy duty ziplock and duct taped them inside. Won’t need them until a blade change.
The fence is taller and longer on the 490. Often time students forget to lock the fence and the handwheel adjustment basically locks itself therefore not needing to worry about that lever getting lost as it did on our delta. The 586 is the one with the smaller handwheel fence.
Both jointers have a control box that is up above and easier to access. I like that feature. The 586 has a 3 system switch, a stop button, power light, and start button. The 490 has just a stop button (with light built in) and a start button (with green light). I like the 586 control box better for one simple reason. When the jointer is locked off, there is no red light on. When the jointer is in what I call neutral, where the stop button has been unlocked, the red light comes on, then you press the green button to start, red button to stop as normal. When you hit the stop button, the red light goes off.
On the 490 when the tool is in the locked off position, the red light is on, as you can see in the pics. When the tool is in “neutral” there are no lights on. When the tool is running, the green light is lit. Not a big deal but my preference is for the switch on the 586.
490 = 3hp motor, 586 = 2 hp motor, bigger motor is usually better, however requires more amperage. The 586 can be wired 110v, where the 490 is 220 only. That may be a consideration for some.
490 has built in mobile base, great in my home shop (24×24). I could have seen all kinds of teenage ingeniuty with a roller base at a high school shop. However it would have been nice for end of year cleaning when we move most of the tools and sweep and vac everywhere.
Fence took a little bit of setup on the 490, fence and table came all as one on the 586, however it was heavier to lift. Either way, you will need a helper or 2 to get the table and fence on top of the base cabinet.
Much easier to work on installing belts, mounting table to cabinet on the 490. The front and back covers came off exposing inside of cabinet. 586 you had to reach inside the dust shoot practically. The electrical box on the 586 is outside the cabinet, where it is inside on the 490. it is outside on the 586 to allow for handwheel room.
The 586 is $100 cheaper in the regular blade model at $695. The 490 is $795. Shipping is same
However with the spiral head, the 586 is 1095, where the 490 is 1075. a wash there.
I would go with the 490 again with the spiral head. I do a lot of face jointing when making cabinet doors. That sprial head is worth the $400. Also changing blades, may take a little longer if you were to do all, but there is no indexing with a knife guide. Already indexed for you.
The 490 is simply a twin to the delta DJ20. That is the older one we have at school. The only upgrades are the top mounted switch pedastal, and the roller base, both nice add ons.