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Forum topic by Rykr posted 12-21-2016 10:30 PM 731 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rykr

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12-21-2016 10:30 PM

In the market for a good floor 6” or 8” jointer. Any suggestions? Was kind of looking at this guy – http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-Jointer-with-Knock-Down-Stand/G0813?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com.

What do you guys think?


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#1 posted 12-21-2016 11:58 PM

I picked up an Laguna 6” helical head jointer and General 12.5 ” planner a couple of years ago and now wish jointer was at least 8” or bigger, seriously thinking going the combo route, maybe 16” if possible? Minimum 12”!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 12-22-2016 12:48 AM

Better to have and not need than to need and not have. Go for the 8”.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#3 posted 12-22-2016 01:30 AM

If you are mostly doing small work (say, cabinets) the 6” might work out. The long bed of the 8” is a real boon if you get into longer stock (tables, doors etc). Solid machines, but sporadic reports of fence flatness issues suggest you should check yours carefully prior to assembly.

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#4 posted 12-22-2016 01:57 AM

Any thoughts on certain makes? Jet? Grizzly? Shopfox?

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#5 posted 12-22-2016 02:05 AM

Grizzly and Shopfox are the same company. Usually corresponding models.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 12-22-2016 02:19 AM

If you’re even remotely pondering an 8 inch, grab it. So long as it does the basics well enough, capacity matters more than features for most wwers.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 12-22-2016 02:36 AM

8” definitely.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#8 posted 12-22-2016 02:39 AM

I assume you already know that almost all 8”’jointers are 240, almost all 6” can be run on 120.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 12-22-2016 02:39 AM

ok, sold on the 8”. now I’m trying to decide spiral cutter head or traditional. spiral or helical are typically much more expensive.

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#10 posted 12-22-2016 02:40 AM



I assume you already know that almost all 8” jointers are 240, almost all 6” can be run on 120.

- CharlesA


Right. Saw that. I typically will edge join so a 6” with an extra long infeed would be ideal.

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#11 posted 12-22-2016 02:42 AM

8” with spiral cutter heads are at least $1200 (Grizzly) and higher so may have to start small with either benchtop or 6”. Funds not unlimited and not a pro :)

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#12 posted 12-22-2016 03:18 AM


I assume you already know that almost all 8” jointers are 240, almost all 6” can be run on 120.

- CharlesA

Right. Saw that. I typically will edge join so a 6” with an extra long infeed would be ideal.

- Rykr

What will you do to flatten a reference face?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#13 posted 12-22-2016 03:26 AM

If you can get an 8” with straight knives you can always upgrade later because the helical head is worth every penny to me. I just got sick and tired of setting knives and adjusting. Plus it cuts like butta.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#14 posted 12-22-2016 03:31 AM

A 6” jointer is just as good as an 8” one if all you ever use is 4” wide stock :)

Depends on what you do… and how much space you have… and what kind of electrical service is available… and how mobile you need it to be… and…

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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Rykr

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#15 posted 12-22-2016 03:56 AM


I assume you already know that almost all 8” jointers are 240, almost all 6” can be run on 120.

- CharlesA

Right. Saw that. I typically will edge join so a 6” with an extra long infeed would be ideal.

- Rykr

What will you do to flatten a reference face?

- knotscott

I’m not a pro woodworker by any stretch but what I have done in the past is put my rough stock through my planer until I had each side the way i wanted it and then straighten the edge through the jointer. This leaves me with square and smooth material to work with.

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