8" Jointer, Rockwell/Delta Model 37-315 vs. Grizzly G1018HW

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Forum topic by NVRider1946 posted 11-06-2015 08:11 PM 722 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-06-2015 08:11 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer rockwell delta grizzly 37-315 g1018hw g1018 used

Shopping 8” jointers on craigslist for several months, I find these two show up pretty regularly. The Grizzly normally in the $300 – $500 price range and the Delta normally in the $500 – $600 range. The Grizzly normally a “newish” machine and the Delta pretty much vintage. Regardless of price, and assuming the condition of either is about the same, which will be the better machine? Thanks.

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#1 posted 11-06-2015 08:17 PM

If its old enough to be Rockwell and you check for coplaner-ness of the tables and its good then get the Rockwell/Delta.

As with all jointers the precision is a major factor. If a table is drooping this is something that is tough to rectify. You have to remove it from its stand, remove the cutterhead. set the tables to level and have them blanchard ground.

If you can find a place that has a blanchard grinder it is about $100.

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#2 posted 11-06-2015 08:31 PM

^Agree, assuming that there is nothing mechanically wrong with either of them, I would take the Delta/Rockwell every time. I would also try to talk them down to the Grizzly prices… because I’m a cheapskate. Even if the delta was a bit ugly/rusty, I would take it after checking that everything was flat and moved freely. That’s easily fixable stuff and it’s negotiation ammo.

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#3 posted 11-06-2015 11:30 PM

I think that old Rockwell/Delta iron will survive longer than you will! Pretty much explains why they moved production to China…their old stuff refused to die.

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#4 posted 11-10-2015 09:58 PM

Thanks much for your advice. I ended up not looking at the Grizzly, though I’ve seen new ones. I purchased the Rockwell/Delta 37-315, Serial Number FG9664, for $550. Seller said he hadn’t started it over 15 years, it was covered dirt and grime, but cleaned up beautifully. No rust. Blades are in good shape. Fired it up, ran fine, ran some wood through it, fine again. In-feed and out-feed, as far as I can tell, should be co-planer. What I’m actually confident of is that each of them are dead on flat. There is some sag to the outside of the in-feed table, but I believe (and hope) that’s a normal adjustment. I’ll know this weekend. Would have liked to get it for $500, Jon, but I’m feeling better about the price after looking on ebay today and seeing them at $899.95, $1250, $1270, and $1495. Plus shipping of course. The $1495 has a power feeder, the others look just like what I bought.

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#5 posted 11-10-2015 10:26 PM

For others reading, I have an older model 8” Grizzly jointer and the only complaint I have about it is the fence doesn’t hold square reliably.

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