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Forum topic by IowaWoodcrafter posted 10-18-2007 04:49 AM 5258 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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IowaWoodcrafter

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10-18-2007 04:49 AM

Has anyone purchased the Grizzly G0490X 8” Jointer with Spiral Cutter Head? If so I’d like to hear your review. Does this model contain the Byrd Shelix cutter head or another type? Please provide as much feedback as possible as I am considering purchasing this jointer. If the spiral cutter head on this unit is not a Byrd would you recommend buying the G0490 model instead? The G0490 is the same machine with a standard cutter head. I want a spiral cutter head but I think I would prefer the Byrd Shelix. Thanks in advance.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter


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Karson

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#1 posted 10-18-2007 05:42 AM

I have the Grizzly G0593 Jointer with Spiral heads. It is not the Byrd Shelix head. it has 4 cutter spirals with 10 cutters in each. They overlap about 1/16 of an inch from one spiral to the other.

I love the machine. I have a lot of figured wood and i wanted something that would not give me chipouts. This machine does it. I was so pleased that I then bought the spiral 20” planer. I’m happy with it also.

Good luck in your research.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#2 posted 10-18-2007 06:18 AM

Yeah, I plan on replacing my Dewalt planer with a 20” Spiral planer in the future. Before that I’m going to buy a 20” Dual Drum sander. I think the bigger jointer is first on my priority list though. I’ve worked on enough projects where I needed those extra two inches.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Alin Dobra

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#3 posted 10-19-2007 02:05 AM

I have the regular G0490 and I really like it. I could not convince myself to pay for the spiral head. I have the jointer for 6 months now and even though I used it extensively, it still cuts very well.

Either way, I do not think you can go wrong.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#4 posted 10-19-2007 02:21 AM

I also have the G0593 8” Jointer with the Grizzly spiral cutterhead (hey Karson – great minds think alike). This is the second one I’ve owned. I did a fair bit of research before buying the first one. I was so happy with the first that I didn’t even look around before buying the second.

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#5 posted 10-19-2007 02:23 AM

I’m interested in the spiral cutterhead for several reasons. The most important is that it is not as loud as standard blades. Sincy my garage is my shop I get a lot of complaints from the Lady of the house. ;) The other reasons are easier blade changes and smoother stock surface.

Karson, have you noticed if the carbide cutters require less force when pushing the stock over the blades? Since the cutter heads are staggered and are made of carbide I thought that this might produce lower resistance.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#6 posted 10-19-2007 04:22 AM

Yes. I’ve also noticed (I’ve had mine for 18 months) that the 1” at the jointer fence is a little rougher than the rest of the board when I joint. I probably need to move the fence arround and even out the wear on the cutters. But I’ve never turned them even once.

I turned two on my planer when a buddy gave me a board to plane for him. And it was going fine until I heart a tick and then a streak on the board. He had a broken off drywall screw imbedded in the board. Turned two cutters (it didn’t hit all four) and back to business.

Truly great.

Quieter and less force required. I’ve commented this before on some blog, but when I surface joint a board, it wants to stick to the out-table because it is so flat and there is no air under the board and it has a suction when you go to pick it up. This is the way it came. I’ve done no adjustments to the jointer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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IowaWoodcrafter

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#7 posted 10-19-2007 05:22 AM

Well, I’m sold. I’m going to purchase the G0490 with the regular cutter head. I’ll replace it with the Byrd Shelix at a later date. The G0490X with the Grizzly cutter head actually costs more than buying the G0490 and the Byrd Shelix cutter head. I like how the Byrd has the cutters at an angle to the cutting direction. Now all I have to do is save up my pennys, (and figure out how to tell the wife I need to buy another jointer cause this one just isn’t big enough.) ;)

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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