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Forum topic by Wondermutt posted 05-28-2016 03:39 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2016 03:39 PM

Long story short, roof leak on jointer, fire up jointer and smoke show. Not to mention the rusted up cutter head.

Now it’s time for an upgrade. I was looking at an 8” Grizzly with the helical head, model number G0656xw. Then a powermatic 8” with straight heads showed up on CL for $1800. My good buddy prevented me from buying the grizzly as he said even with the straight head, the powermatic would produce better results.

I ask this question: Is this statement accurate?


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#1 posted 05-28-2016 05:45 PM

I just looked at the Grizzly website and it appears that they only have one of their 8” jointers available for immediate shipment and that one has the standard cutting head. If your need is immediate then Grizzly may not be your best choice anyways.

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 09:07 PM

Why don’t you just fix your existing jointer? Pretty simple and a heck of a lot less expensive. That would then give you time to keep an eye out for a great deal on CL should you still want another one.


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#3 posted 05-28-2016 09:40 PM

I don’t agree with your buddy, but you know what they say about opinions. Some folks argue that the insert head on a jointer isn’t money well spent, typically the reasoning is that the jointed surface will go through the planer (which should have the insert head), and any tear out from a knife head will be removed anyway. I find that pretty sound logic, but I still won’t give up the Shelix on the jointer. It solves a few other problems; like never having to set the knives correctly again. It also lowers the noise, much more so if you have a big DC sucking on the jointer. Then there’s the “better results” part, I’ve always though the Shelix cut as good or better than knives….but there’s that opinion thing again.

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#4 posted 05-28-2016 09:58 PM

You can’t go wrong with the PM. And jointers are pretty simple machines. I have had good luck with craigslist tools. Just make sure the deal is right.
The most I have ever spent on used craigslist tools is around .50 on the dollar of new price. So is that PM jointer around $3600 new and in really good shape? Most of what I here from grizzly tools has been good too. But last year when I bought my new lathe I chose a jet, when I could have had a little more lathe from grizzly. In the end it probably all comes off the same Chinese assembly line. I just have alot of time using jet and PM, and no time with grizzly. Good luck.

-- John

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#5 posted 05-28-2016 11:18 PM

And the wife didn’t notice the lathe was in a different spot during the leak? and the magic smoke?
I would have to go with one that has a helical head if I were looking for one.

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#6 posted 05-28-2016 11:45 PM

Thanks for the replies.

Brad, would fix it but it is a table top POS. It was time for an upgrade anyways.

Syene, not in a big hurry but will need it in the next month or so.

Big John, I looked at the PM. It was pretty old and the pictures make it look better than it really is.

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