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Forum topic by mlipps posted 02-20-2017 02:25 PM 579 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2017 02:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly jointer g0490x g0490xw g0490 8 8 inch 8 inch jointer

Hi All,

I’m hoping you can shed some light on this murky topic.

I’m looking to buy an 8” jointer and decided to go with the Grizzly G0490 series. But on Grizzly’s site they have two listed that appear to be the same: the G0490X and the G0490XW.

I printed out the spec sheets and summarized the only differences between the two below. I’m wondering if any of you see a glaring difference that can help me decide which to go with. Also note, when I called Grizzly, all they were able to add was that the jointers are “made in different factories”.

Thanks guys!

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 04:22 PM

The G0490X is a traditional 3 blade cutter head were the G0490XW has a spiral cutter head.

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 04:23 PM

According to the website and grizzly they are both spiralhead cutters.

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#3 posted 02-20-2017 04:48 PM

probably, one is made in china and other in taiwan factory. i’d go with the taiwan made…

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#4 posted 02-20-2017 05:23 PM

Both are made in China

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#5 posted 02-20-2017 05:29 PM

My Grizzly 8in jointer has the spiral cutterhead, while my planer has a 3-knife setup. The spiral cutterhead is:

  • Much quieter than a 3-knife cutter.
  • If you catch a nail, you don’t have to replace ALL of the cutters, unlike the 3-knife blade setup.
  • IMO, the carbide cutters last much long through normal usage.

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#6 posted 02-20-2017 05:41 PM

Here are my observations…
Looks to me like the main differences are the cutterhead diameter which results in different number cuts per minute and the motor (12 amp for XW vs. 15 amp for X). The smaller XW head also allows a slightly smaller minimum board length than the X does (8” vs 10”). Since the XW uses a German made cutter head, it might be worth looking at the replacement inserts for both to see if there is a difference in price, quality and availability as well.

For some reason the foot print dimensions and weight are slightly different as well. Perhaps the difference in the motor can account for some of that but it could just be the specs provided by the different factories are based upon different things?

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#7 posted 02-20-2017 05:52 PM

There doesn’t seem to be a difference I can find in the cutterhead performance. The fact that it’s made in Germany is great but the replacement blades on the site seem to be similarly priced and available. Thanks

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