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Forum topic by DonJ posted 12-25-2010 07:30 PM 1529 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2010 07:30 PM

Does anyone own the Model G0706? If so, how is it working out for you? Do you have it on a mobile base, and if so, which one? Pros and cons from your perspective. Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX


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#1 posted 01-01-2011 04:08 PM

Are you thinking about purchasing one or do you have one and want to compare performance?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 05:06 PM

It’s in the mail. I didn’t get any feedback from 4 different woodworking blogs, so it must not be a machine of choice. I did find someone that purchased one that lived in S Carolina. I talked to him at length and he was very pleased with his machine and had high regards for Grizzly’s customer service. I bought this one because I’m in a home garage where space is a real consideration.

It should arrive early next week; the hard part will be getting it out and setting it up. I’ll have to wait for my nephew to come up with his engine lift so that I can lift it unto a mobile base I plan on getting. I’ll try to take some pictures along the way and maybe do a little review. I watched the Woodwhistler’s jointer setup video yesterday, so ended up ordering a straightedge from Lee Valley. I’m excited, to say the least.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 01:33 AM

DonJ…So how is the jointer? its been awhile now that you’ve had it…...any comments or suggestions?

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 02:18 PM

JM3,

It has been an absolute pleasure to use this jointer, especially when jointing and doing the initial surfacing of rough hewn lumber that has curly characteristics. As they say, it is as smooth as a baby’s bottom!! However, there is a limitation with the short bed. If I had the space, the longer bed would have been better. When jointing long boards, I’ve found it difficult to get a consistent flat surface; the board tends to have an elongated snipe of sorts. That’s probably more of a technique issue than a jointer issue. The bottom line is that the 12” bed will almost handle anything and the cutters do a fantastic job. Another plus is the lack of noise when using the spiral carbide cutters….huge lowering of the db noise level. I’ve done a lot of jointing/initial surfacing to square up raw lumber and have yet to see any issues with capability/finish of the jointer. It’s a worthy addition to any shop, especially one that might have some limitations on area.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 02:37 PM

Thanks Don
I’ve been bouncing back and forth between an 8” jointer or a 12” but the size of the 12” really would put a strain on the shop area, when i read about the small bed 12” by grizzly it started me thinking all over again. What size jointer , if any, did you have before….and why move to such a large machine, do you find yourself using the full width as much as you anticipated?
Thanks
Joe

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 03:39 PM

Joe,

I am starting to build period furniture, and have an occasion when I need more than the 8” bed. That being said, probably 95% of my use would be adequately served with an 8” jointer. Two reasons I went with the 12” over the 8”: 1) going from a 6” to an 8” didn’t seem like a cost/benefit upgrade whereas going from a 6” to a 12” really seemed like a large jump in capability for not that much more $; 2) The times I’ve needed the larger capacity I was glad I didn’t have to rip a beautiful board down.

Hope this helps,

Don

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 04:24 PM

Thanks for the reply Don.
I guess I’m in a similar place….I have been also making period pieces, (member of SAPFM) but the hand tool craze…..and it’s (and me) getting old…...alot of work!!! Especially if using figured wood. have a 6”, wish wider… seem to have or come across lumber in the 10”+range. and yes a sin to cut it up for surfacing. Just as I seem to make my mind up I get unsure… space is a a premium and a full size 12” would be a problem (even an 8” would cause a tight fit…If you could only stand them on end!). anyway other than the width, are you glad you got the shorter beds as opposed to the longer? I’m figuring that lenght of the 6” i have is about the same as the 12 shorty by grizzly… just as I’m typing this a call from my brother he has located a 8”DJ-20 for under 900….The quest continues!
Thanks Again

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 09:30 PM

Joe,

If I had all of the space I needed, I would have purchased the 12” long bed. With that said, with a space limitation I would purchase this jointer again. I have height adjustable roller stands that I put on either end of the jointer, so I have the second best solution…wide capacity and small footprint with a carbide spiral cutterhead. By the way, I purchased a custom HTC movable bed that fits like a glove. That allows me to move the jointer around so I can put the roller stands in line with the jointer bed.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#9 posted 04-12-2013 04:17 AM

Don, thanks again for your reply. I think the way for me to go is the 12” short bed by grizzly…..Just need to rearange some tools etc in the garage to visualize how it would fit. Approx how much was the custom movable HTC base? (If i could be so nosey)

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 05:39 PM

I purchased the mobile base from Woodworkers Supply; it was actually cheaper there than going straight through HTC. Since it was a custom fit, it was rather expensive, but I did need to effectively move 800 lbs. around as needed. The price I paid in 2011 was around $390.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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