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Forum topic by Scott posted 03-23-2017 11:22 AM 870 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2017 11:22 AM

I just bought a Grizzly G1182 jointer off craigslist for $225. All in all it was in good shape. It was quiet loud when I turned it on for the first time. I thought it was due to the pulleys being misaligned by about an inch. I fixed that and it go a lot quieter but was still louder than my old 6” craftsman jointer. So I pulled the cutterhead off and it turns out that one of the bearings is starting to go. So I decided I’m going to do a complete overhaul on this jointer.

I’m in the market for a precision straight edge. The aluminum ones are within my price range. Should I get a 38” (.003 tolerance) or a 50” (.005 tolerance)? Right now I’m leaning towards the 38” model as the total bed width on this jointer is 47”. Thoughts?

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#1 posted 03-23-2017 12:03 PM

I’d lean towards the 50” because it would be more useful for other projects down the road. 50” is a nice length to span a 4×8 sheet of ply for cross cutting.

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#2 posted 03-23-2017 12:15 PM

I recently got “this 50 from Taylor Toolworks and it’s an incredible value. I bought it to help with flattening my workbench. For the cost difference, I’d definitely recommend it over the shorter one. The aluminum won’t hold up under heavy use forever but for the home hobby shop, it should be all you ever need.

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#3 posted 03-23-2017 12:42 PM

i’ve got a 36” and wish i had gotten a longer one. so many uses for it for a hobbyist..just keep it somewhere safe to keep it’s integrity

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#4 posted 03-23-2017 04:11 PM

Both the 38” and 50” are available on Amazon Prime. Probably quicker than the normal USPS offered from their ebay store. Returns, if necessary, would be easier too.

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#5 posted 03-23-2017 04:20 PM

Thank you all for your input. ScottM, I was looking at the ones with Amazon Prime. I love my Prime membership!

I think I’ll break down and get the 50” one.

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#6 posted 03-23-2017 04:41 PM

I actually just bought the 38. Maybe a mistake but I guess I’ll see. It seems the 38 would work fine for both my jointer and planer. I’ve been wanting to get a good straight edge for quite some time and this thread pushed me over the edge!

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#7 posted 03-23-2017 06:14 PM

I like my woodpecker strait edge. It’s accurate to .001 / foot or .003 over the 36”.

Starett is awesome stuff. I looked and a similar unit and its accurate down to .0002 /foot. Thats dang accurate. Mines been plenty good enough for any wood working requirements.

I keep it in a plastic Level tube to protect it. You drop it you hosed.

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#8 posted 05-13-2017 12:43 AM

Well, after reading this thread and a number of others on LJ regarding precision straight edges, I ordered a 50” from Dan at Taylor Toolworks. It should arrive Sunday. Dan said, “The box actually says .003 and we stand by that. The listings are a bit more conservative.”

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