Thoughts on Grizzly G0676 jointer/planer?

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Forum topic by Ben Winchester posted 01-30-2016 11:40 AM 460 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben Winchester

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01-30-2016 11:40 AM

Im in the market for a jointer and planer, and while I’ve definitely been leery of combo machines, Im wondering if this one being from a good name such as grizzly might make it worth it.

The alternative is to buy the 6” jointer and a nice planer and end up around the same price point, but will 6 inches be enough? What are some thoughts?

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#1 posted 01-30-2016 05:18 PM

There’s a very thorough review of the Grizzly jointer/planer here on LJ –

I have been looking at these machines as well, the Grizzly, the Rikon and the Jet. There a decent review of an Axminster unit on YouTube ( – the same guy also has a good review of the Jet JPT 260), which I think the Axminster is very similar to the Jet. The English/European model numbers and such are a bit different, but they’re all made in the Far East, so I think the machines are similar enough that a British review works. It was good to see such a good going over of the machine on a video, get to see really how the thing goes together and works.

After going over all this material, my choice is two separate machines. I already have a decent thickness planer – it’s a lunchbox, but it’s a good old Delta 22-580, which was highly recommended in its day, and works really well. If I were getting one now I would get the Dewalt DW735X, but I’m not.

I also have a benchtop jointer, an older Palmgren 6”, which has short beds and a loud universal motor, but is made almost entirely out of Cast Iron, which is a good thing. It does a decent job, but it is wanting to replace that machine that started me on the road to researching combo machines. I think 6” is right on the fence of being adequate. Many, many times I have had stock just over its capacity, and still under 8”, so I am now researching 8” long bed jointers. I would like a parallelogram table and a helical spiral cutter head, but we’ll see. Champagne taste and beer budget, you know.

Anyway, that’s my take on it, and you asked for thoughts. I think you got your money’s worth :)

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#2 posted 01-30-2016 11:08 PM

I have the Jet 12” combo with helical head. Like it very much. One nice feature is you don’t have to remove the fence to go from jointing to planing, and both tables move as a unit. The only thing that slows down the conversion is cranking the planer table up and down (has to be dropped to let the dust shroud flip over). But that isn’t too bad, as the table cranks very rapidly. I have to switch functions quite often (often due to some blunder on my part), and I don’t find it too onerous. Oh, you do have to remember to adjust the belt idler clutch (runs the planer feed rollers), but it probably does no harm to leave the rollers turning when jointing.

I also solved the dust hose problem by running abs pipe overhead, and dropping a fairly long flex hose down to the dust hood. I can flip the hood either way without having to remove the hose. It does make for a long, twisty run, but my DC seems able to cope with it (Grizzly 1029, 2 hp, 12 amps at 240 volts).

Occasionally I find the planer a bit narrow at only 12”, but on the other hand I love the 12” jointing capacity. The jointing tables are a bit short (though longer than most 6” jointers by quite a bit). I’m thinking of adding removable extensions to the tables, but just haven’t gotten to that yet. The helical cutter head is wonderful, as it is very quiet and makes dealing with dull cutters very straightforward. But that has no relevance to the virtues and downfalls of a combo machine.

With my small, overcrowded shop, the combo machine works really well.

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 12:02 AM

I am a fan of dedicated tools that do one thing. I would opt for a separate jointer and planer.

6” will get you by for a while, but you will quickly want at least an 8” jointer. I can’t tell you how often my stock would be 6-8” wide when I had a 6” jointer. Now I have an 8” model, and think 12” might be best. 8” is a pretty good compromise though. It fits in even a modest sized shop.

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 12:34 AM

I am a fan of dedicated tools that do one thing. I would opt for a separate jointer and planer.

I tend to agree, its just enticing because the price jump from a 6” jointer to a bigger size is quite substantial. Which brings the question of is this 10” combo set of good quality when you would have to pay a lot more to get a standalone jointer in that size. I definitely dont want to invest in a sub par machine, and my shop size isnt really an issue so I could fit both machines. Maybe i just have to save my pennies for a good size jointer…

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.

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