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TheLarc

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09-15-2015 08:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly planer dewalt jointer

Afternoon fellow lumberjockers, I am come to the point where the work I am doing is involving more and more rough lumber and I had an opinion question. I need a new planer as my old craigslist find Delta died on me and I am leaning towards getting a 15” grizzly planer. My question is I have been using a jig to rip a straight edge on my rough sawn boards or slabs but I sure would like a jointer. I see myself at this point with the funds I have saved having two options,

1. Continue with my jig for staight line ripping and purchase the 15” Grizzly Planer.
2. Split up my money and get a 6” Jointer and a good 13” lunchbox planer like the dewalt 735.

I am leaning towards option 1, but wanted to know if anyone else has had this dilemma and what they decided. I sure do like the idea of being able to hog down rough lumber quicker and also a lot more quietly as I work in my garage in a subdivision.

Thanks!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 08:57 PM

A jointer is a good thing to have…

What is wrong with your Delta planer? Might be a relatively inexpensive fix compared to buying a new one, which would leave you more money for a better jointer.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 09-15-2015 09:02 PM

If I was going to do a lot of rough sawn lumber, I would go for the 15”. It can handle hundreds of feet of lumber with no problem no matter the condition.

If you are getting wood that has been skip planed, I might go with the 735.

So much depends on how much wood you are going to plane.

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ChefHDAN

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#3 posted 09-15-2015 09:07 PM

I think you need to have both for sizing rough stock, you can get two sides smooth on the jointer, but the planer will give you consistent parallel thickness. I agree with Uniux, get the planer diagnosed, and watch CL for a jointer, I just missed and 8” grizz for $300 arrrhhhhhhh!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 09-15-2015 09:11 PM

given that a planer won’t flatten a twisted or bowed board like a jointer will, how are you getting a flat face with only a planer?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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TheLarc

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#5 posted 09-15-2015 09:24 PM

Charles – I use a planer sled and shim the boards so it flattens one side, then I can flip them over and get a parallel face. I am also pretty selective when I get my lumber. The supplier I use has pretty good stock and I cna usually get out of there with what I need in a fairly straight board with no cups, twists or bows, or if they have some they are so minimal I can knock them out with the planer sled. Also 90% of it has been straight lined ripped on one edge so. I only really use my jointer jig when I buy slabs from a local guy here that has a bandsaw mill as everything has a live edge.

Chef – I also missed an 8” jointer on my craigslist, it was $500 but someone else showed up faster than me with a trailer.

I will end up getting a jointer, just probably not until next year if I buy it new, I just see it not being used nearly as much. I may even buy a 17” bandsaw before the jointer as it would allow me to stop roughing out everything with a jig saw before I pattern route my pieces as well as do some resawing.

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CharlesA

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#6 posted 09-15-2015 09:29 PM

gotcha. I made a sled for my planer before getting a jointer and pretty much hated fiddling with it and only used it a couple of times.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 09-15-2015 09:39 PM

Go with the 15” planer, the extra capacity and large induction motor will be so much nicer than a lunchbox planer. Down the road you can keep your eyes peeled and every once in a while you might see a good 6” jointer for ~ $100, sometimes less if a person is in a hurry to get rid of it or they don’t know what they have.

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TheLarc

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#8 posted 09-15-2015 09:42 PM

Charles – I hear you – I try to get as straight as stuff as possible to start to make the ‘fiddling’ as painless as possible. Once in awhile I know a couple guys that have 8-12” jointers and I’ll take a board over there and that’s when I tell myself, wow this would be nice to have.

I’d also much rather have an 8” or 12” jointer, so part of me is thinking save another year or so and buy bigger to start with.

I subscribe to the “buy once, cry once” philosophy, I try to buy the best I can afford and the best product to last me the longest time – I hate buying the same product twice.

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pottz

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#9 posted 09-15-2015 10:41 PM

when i upgraded to a bigger 15”delta from my small dewalt wow night and day ill never go back has cut my plane time by 70 percent and the way it sounds the planer is more important to you now save up and get a 8” or better yet 12” jointer thats my next wish list item.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 09-15-2015 11:10 PM

I’d like an 8” jointer, but way too expensive for me. Price of jointer + price of new shop with 240 service.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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pottz

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#11 posted 09-15-2015 11:26 PM

i hear ya thats why their called dream shops

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Tim Royal

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#12 posted 09-16-2015 04:37 PM

If the problem on the planer is NOT the motor (even that might be an easy fix) you might consider this possibility… http://www.woodgears.ca/jointer/homemade.html ... leaving you the money for the Grizzly and netting you a 12 inch jointer and a 15 inch planer. Just a thought!

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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Tim Royal

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#13 posted 09-16-2015 05:14 PM

Shown above (from your planer) are the only parts you need to build that 12 inch jointer.

-- -Tim Royal... Always reminded of this when I see the amazing work LJ's do (I have no choice but to be humble!), "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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bonesbr549

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#14 posted 09-16-2015 05:36 PM

I lived with my makita 12 lunchbox planer for over 20 years (still got it and it runs). I had the opportunity to pick up a big northfield planer and love it. I would not split up the money for the 6” jointer. Save and get an 8” minimum. I had a six and it was frustration and not worth it. I saved and got a griz 12” (biggest i could afford) with 4HSS knives because it was same money as an 8” with shelix. Don’t regret it.

Concentrate on one tool and get the biggest baddest you can. I’d look for an old jointer on CL or over at old wood working tools forum.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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daddywoofdawg

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#15 posted 09-16-2015 05:59 PM

Get you one of these and a planer,till you can afford a real powered jointer
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nice-Collectible-Vintage-Stanley-Bailey-Tool-Corrugated-Plane-No-7-/221880437951
If your mechcanily incinded you can pick up a 12”+ jointer for under 100.00 at http://www.govliquidation.com/ often.(don’t see any today).
wish I was closer or knew someone over there I’d be all over this.http://www.auctionsinternational.com/auction/5947/item/36245

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