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Forum topic by Don Stephenson posted 01-27-2017 11:00 PM 1201 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Stephenson

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01-27-2017 11:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer

So I got the OK from the home office (a.k.a.- wife) to purchase a full-size 8” Jointer, in exchange for making her a couple of tables and a buffet with it. My question to you all is, what 8” would you recommend? I’ve looked at a couple from Grizzly that seem like really good deals (crazy good, actually, at $875 before shipping), but I am also wondering if the low price comes at a cost (quality). Any known issues with this model (link below)? Or is there something else that would be considered a go-to model for the budget-conscious? Thanks guys, I know you won’t steer me wrong!

“Grizzly 8” x 72 Jointer w/mobile base

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 01-28-2017 12:21 AM

Getting the 8” capacity is a huge upgrade. I have found good workarounds with an 8” jointer and 13” planer, so that I can accurately mill 12” wide boards.

I have the Delta DJ-20, which is a dead ringer for the Grizzly 490. It is a great tool, but a step up in price from the model you linked. I’m sure that one will work fine.

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#2 posted 01-28-2017 01:07 AM

I have the Grizzly G0490, similar to what you posted above but with parallelogram beds (theoretically easier adjustment.)

It’s been super solid (once I got it set up) and I upgraded to a Byrd Shelix head last year. Love the spiral cutter head, but if you’re price conscious, the stock jointer worked fine before upgrade. Part of the reason I installed the spiral head is that the straight knives were dull and I didn’t feel like figuring out how to set them :)

Grizzly is easy to work with and the shipping with lift gate service was easy. Parts are smoothly sourced on their website – I damaged a capacitor during my cutter head install and had to order a new one. Quick and easy.

Cons – Dust collection is ok. Grizzly fit and finish is ok. Tables were fine but sticker on cabinet is peeling (no effect on performance.)

Jointers are not very complicated machines, so I feel the price advantage of Grizzly makes these models a reasonable choice.

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#3 posted 01-28-2017 01:12 AM

They make good jointers. I have the 12” parallogram version of that jointer and its 10 years old working fine.

I also have the 17” BS and had the 1023 TS. All were fine tools. I think you will be fine with that brand.

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Don Stephenson

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#4 posted 01-28-2017 02:18 AM

Love what I’m hearing…think I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger on the grizzly. Thanks a ton!

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#5 posted 01-28-2017 02:30 AM

if you can do the byrd head i strongly recommend .i am no longer stuck with dull blades just when i really just want to proceed with my project and not get into changing the blades .changing blades could be said to be easy but for me it was just a hassle that wasn’t always a perfect set-up for what ever reason . has been a few years and yet to change a head . carbide handles paint also .

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#6 posted 01-28-2017 02:47 AM



Love what I m hearing…think I ll go ahead and pull the trigger on the grizzly. Thanks a ton!

- Don Stephenson

Good luck, they have almost no 8” jointers in stock.

I am not a fan of Grizzly machines but a lot are and if the budget is for Grizzly then there aren’t any other options except other brands owned by the same person.

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Don Stephenson

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#7 posted 01-28-2017 03:00 AM

I’ve heard very good things about the Byrd head…and very bad things about changing straight knives. At $300-$400, I suppose there’s value considering how much longer they last…

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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Don Stephenson

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#8 posted 01-28-2017 03:02 AM

Good luck, they have almost no 8” jointers in stock.

I am not a fan of Grizzly machines but a lot are and if the budget is for Grizzly then there aren t any other options except other brands owned by the same person.

- AHuxley

I know, very surprising to see how extremely out-of-stock they are! I phoned them today, and they said they expect to have more of that model in stock by the end of February… sheesh…

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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#9 posted 01-28-2017 05:28 AM

I’m another 490 owner. I bought the spiral head GO490 last year and am glad I went with it, rather than the Powermatic knife version. My review of it is here: http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/6106

Since buying it, I’ve planed a lot of figured oak, sycamore and walnut. From that and regarding it, I remain a happy camper.

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#10 posted 01-28-2017 02:31 PM

I’ve been very happy with all of my Grizzly products including my 12” jointer.

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/product/1113

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#11 posted 01-28-2017 09:36 PM

I recently bought a G0490XW, while I had a nightmare of a time getting it up and running, now that it is it’s been great. With a jointer I just couldn’t justify paying almost twice as much for another brand.

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#12 posted 01-29-2017 02:39 AM

Yet another 490 owner. The only quibble is the fence, which is a bit fiddly to set and should be checked regularly. The straight knives aren’t so difficult to set, and (aside from the fence) the machine has never put a foot wrong in about 8 years. It arrived with a flat deck and had never required adjustment.

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#13 posted 01-29-2017 02:48 AM

I bought a shelix head for my 8” and its awesome.

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#14 posted 01-29-2017 04:09 AM

I have the 0452 (i think – it’s the 6” Grizzly) and I wish I had gone with the byrd head to start. I did upgrade to it later (pretty easy upgrade) and love it. I’ve been very happy with my grizzly products (I also have the 10” low speed wet sharpening system) and recommend their products. The other comments are consistent with my experience, and if you have the space, get the 8”.

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Don Stephenson

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#15 posted 01-29-2017 06:12 AM

Got to admit, this is an awesome group. Thanks for all the great feedback!

-- Don Stephenson, Ohio, https://www.facebook.com/realdealwoodwork/

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