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Kevin

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12-04-2010 06:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jet grizzly jointer jointers

I’m looking on possibly getting a bigger jointer for Christmas. Here are the two i’m debating on and would like to see opinions on both if anyone has any experience with them.

Grizzly
http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-Jointer/G0452

JET
http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/2002051/9936/Jet-6-Jointer-Model-JJ6CS.aspx

Thanks,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY


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richgreer

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#1 posted 12-04-2010 06:57 PM

I own the Grizzly G0604. It is a slightly bigger version of the one you are considering. The main differences that I see are 4 blades instead of 3, 1.5 hp instead of 1 hp and a slightly longer table.

I like my planer a lot. It’s solid and dependable and adjusting the fence is pretty easy and accurate. You may need to go a little slower with the G0452 but you’re probably not in a hurry any way.

Advice – I cannot use my planner without a dust collector connected. The chute that the chips go down will plug up without the dust collector connected. Of course, you can clean it out by hand every few passes, but that would be a pain. I don’t know that the G0452 would have the same problem but I would not be surprised if it did.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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BrentNichols

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#2 posted 12-04-2010 06:58 PM

I have a rigid jointer and it works great but i do plan on upgrading it in the long future just because of the limited width is only 6 1/8. That would be a pretty tough decision because i have been looking as well. I do own a jet 14 inch bandsaw and a jet floor stand drill press both brand new a few years ago and I am very happy with jet. I do not currently own any grizzly things but heard they are equally great but can not speak for them. Thats why I probably would lean towards the jet, I know its pricey but can beat you would not regret. If budget is tight, then im sure the grizz will be just as good, but resale down the line may not be as good if you ever decide to upgrade from there. hope any info helped. Brent

-- BN in Indiana

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ClayandNancy

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#3 posted 12-04-2010 07:58 PM

You can get a 6” Grizz with the spiral cutter for the price of the Jet. For about $30 more you can step up to an 8”. Everyone I know started with the 6” but eventually got the 8”. My 2 cents.

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a1Jim

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#4 posted 12-04-2010 09:06 PM

I like Grizzly tools and mine is a spiral head love it.

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Steven H

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#5 posted 12-04-2010 09:22 PM

I say forget both of them and get this instead for another $100 more.

G0656P 8” x 72” Jointer 3 HP w/ Mobile Base, Polar Bear Series

http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-x-72-Jointer-3-HP-w-Mobile-Base-Polar-Bear-Series/G0656P

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 10:45 PM

I just found a powermatic 54a like new on craigs list. Guy delivered and set it up for me 680 dollars. Withh mobil base and two etra sets of knifes

I think that he was happy to get that but i was happy to get it deliverd and setup

Jointers have a long life check out craigs list.

Bob

http://nashville.craigslist.org/tls/2054497038.html

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richgreer

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#7 posted 12-05-2010 03:21 AM

I think I would jump on the G0656P myself if I was set up for 220 volt. I’m not.

One of these days I need to put in some 220 circuits. Ya know – 220 volts can kill ya.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Kevin

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#8 posted 12-05-2010 04:41 AM

My shop is wired for 220. I would probably have to run another wire and slap in a 220v breaker, but that isn’t a problem though. Just have to be careful :)

Only thing that would deter me from the 8” for right now is the fact my shop is only 12×20. So far i’ve got a 1023SL ts, bench, router table, miter saw bench, air compressor, planer, band saw, lumber rack, 2 shelves, kobalt bench, 3 vises, heavy duty grinder. I’m pinched for space :(

Ok, i’m looking at the 604 grizzly right now vs the jet. I’d still get the 8”, but until I expand my shop it’s just a tad too big I think. What I would like to do is when that time comes and I need to go from a 6” to an 8” is to sell my jointer and get the 8”. That would be 3-5 years I would imagine though. I may not need to go from 6-8, I usually build smaller projects such as entertainment consoles, hutches, book cases, buffets, etc…. Who knows, I’ve not went down that path yet :)

So i’m looking at now perhaps the following between the griz and jet.
- resale value
- ease of maintenance
- quality of machine

All I can think of for now.

Thanks guys,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Crystalini

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#9 posted 12-05-2010 06:31 AM

Sounds like you could use a combo machine. You should seriously look at a Jet JET JJP-12 (or HH). It’s a 12” joiner/planner combo. The biggest issue with woodworking is trying to match up the capacity of your joiner with your planner. Why have a 13” planner when the widest board you can join is 6”?

If space is an issue, and a 12×20’ shop certainly falls in that category, look at a combo machine. The jet comes either with straight blades or helical. (708475 or 708476).

Either way, you would love this machine. My buddy has a MiniMax all-in-one machine and part of it is the 12” joiner/planner combo and I always drooollllll….

http://www.jetwilton.com/us/manufacturing/en/products.html?node=4531&category=7200

-- "You should have seen the size of the splinter!!"

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Steven H

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#10 posted 12-05-2010 06:59 AM

Kevin go with the G0452 6” jointer first, when it’s time to upgrade come back here.

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Kevin

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 10:41 PM

While the planer/jointer combo is pretty nice, the price is out of my range.

A part of me wants to go ahead and get the 452, but I keep thinking that I should go ahead and buy the JET for some reason. The only bad thing is it’s $300 higher than the grizzly. I wish that I had noticed it was $599 during black friday.

Either way, one is getting ordered tomorrow. My feeling keeps pushing me toward the jet for some reason even though i’m a big grizzly fan.

Steve, I think that’s my best solution also is to go with a 6” for now and when it’s time to upgrade come and post back.

Thanks,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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patron

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#12 posted 12-05-2010 10:52 PM

forget the jet
it has crank for raising/lowering the table
(slow)

and the grizzly can be up-graded to a spiral head
if you ever want

grizz is always home
for parts and help

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Kevin

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#13 posted 12-05-2010 10:59 PM

So what’s the basic process for upgrading the straight blades to a spiral head?

Thanks,

Kevin

-- Williamsburg, KY

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newbiewoodworker

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#14 posted 12-05-2010 11:01 PM

I think you merely pull the pulley off the cutter head, then slide it out… lol…

-- "Ah, So your not really a newbie, but a I betterbie."

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Kevin

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#15 posted 12-05-2010 11:04 PM

A lot easier if that’s the case than I thought :)

-- Williamsburg, KY

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