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John R.

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2476 days ago

Because of limited funds and space, I will be purchasing a benchtop jointer. I have been considering two models: The base-line Delta, retails for $220 and Craftsman’s base-line model, which retails for $250. I was ready to purchase the Delta, when I happened to be in Sears waiting for an eye doctor’s appointment and noticed they had a benchtop model. The only reason I am considering it is simple. The Delta weighs only 35lbs. while the Craftsman weighs 105lbs. To me this says the Craftsman is most likely constructed with heavier gauge metal/iron, and is probably the better choice. All other factors “appear” to be the same – i.e. – amps, horsepower, etc… So, which one would you recommend? Do you own either of these models? Please let me know what you think. Thanks for the input ahead of time.

-- John R. - Richmond, Ohio, "With God, all things are possible"


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WayneC

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#1 posted 2476 days ago

Are these 4” or 6” models? Any idea what Grizzly offers in this range?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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mot

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#2 posted 2476 days ago

My only thought is the marrying of two terms, “benchtop,” and “heavy.” My concern with a really heavy benchtop tool is that it becomes a permanent fixture in the shop because it’s too heavy to move. At which point your better off just bolting to the bench. As for Delta vs Craftsman, I have no idea. Another to consider, would be as Wayne mentioned… http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/G0612

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Bill

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#3 posted 2476 days ago

Ridgid has a 6 in jointer that runs about $397 at Home Depot. It is a free standing jointer, but will not take a lot more room than the benchtop models. I would look at that one as well before deciding on a benchtop.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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John R.

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#4 posted 2476 days ago

Both models, Craftsman and Delta, are six inch. The Grizzly model looks quite interesting. Do you think that Grizzly is a better brand than Craftsman?

-- John R. - Richmond, Ohio, "With God, all things are possible"

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#5 posted 2476 days ago

John, Grizzly vs. Craftsman is too subjective. You’ll find supporters and detractors of both. Generally Sears warranty is well regarded and having a local store to deal with doesn’t hurt. I wouldn’t say that any of them are “better,” than the others. It’s all about how they handle the compromise of the benchtop restriction and the opinion of the user/reviewer. I think, with some work and reading and patience, you can setup any of those tools to do an accurate job. Surprisingly enough, asking which tool is better than another is a really tough question to answer as there is no Yes/No response that will provide complete and accurate information.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 2476 days ago

Please consider buying USED!

You can get significantly better quality from the older stuff for the same price. Try craigslist and watch and wait. Patience and research will land you a much better tool for the same budget or maybe less. I work in a used tool store and am knowledgeable about the used stuff if you have any questions (we have to research them constantly). But ask the old-timers too, they’ll tell ya the same thing. Some of delta’s newer stuff and all of craftsman’s power tools are both very questionable in my opinion. See my my shop description and philosophy for more of my two cents.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Alin Dobra

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#7 posted 2476 days ago

I strongly agree with Blake. I found several 6” jointers with 60” beds for 150-200$. All you probably need is another set of knives (30$) and another belt (maybe, 24$). The benchtop jointers are frustrating to say the least. The bed is way too short (in the 30” range) and the fences are flimsy. There must be some classifieds newspaper in your area where you find used tools advertised. A lot of people buy good 6” jointers just to realize they would have liked the 8” ones and sell the 6”. Keep in mind also that the length of the bed is roughly the maximum length of the boards you can flatten. On a benchtop you can only flatten short boards, even if the bed is dead flat (they are usually build at a far lower standard then the bigger jointers).

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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WayneC

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#8 posted 2476 days ago

I’m in the same camp as Alin and Blake. I see jointers on craigslist here in Sacramento all the time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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RAH

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#9 posted 2476 days ago

When I was looking for jointer I found a Craftsman 6” in my local paper, however it was a 1971 model still in its original wooden shipping crate and original manual, never open and never used., I can’t bring myself to open the crate. I still don’t have a jointer.

-- Ron Central, CA

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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 2476 days ago

What about a hand held jointer?

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WayneC

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#11 posted 2476 days ago

True planes would be another option.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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