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Forum topic by lightswitch posted 04-01-2011 01:04 AM 6105 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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lightswitch

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04-01-2011 01:04 AM

Hello forum,

Looking at 6” jointers and have pretty much narrowed it down to the grizzly brand based on reviews – seems to be the best mix of price and performance.

Anyways, I’m confused looking at their website what the differences are between the G0654 and G0452 models – the 452 costs $50 more and has the top-mounted power switch and a different cabinet design, but am I missing anything else different between them?

Also, am I missing any other similarly-priced jointers I should be looking at? I’m not a fan of big box store brands for this sort of thing, but there’s a Rigid 6”, model JP0610, at Home Depot…


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juniorjock

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 01:27 AM

I have the 452 and I agree that there’s not a lot of difference in that and the 654. The 452 has a larger fence. It also has a one-piece cabinet. The 452 also has a mico-adjustable fence control. I’m sure if you looked long and hard enough, you’d find a few more differences. I will say that I’ve had my 452 for a few years now and it performs as good as the day I set it up. Matter of fact, I’ve not had to do any adjustments on it since I set it up.
- JJ

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BreakingBoardom

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 01:32 AM

Well, right now the G0452P (Polar Bear Series) is on sale for $425 and comes with the push blocks, so it’s only $30 more. There aren’t too many differences though. The table heights are different. The G0452 is a little shorter, but the G0452 has a longer fence which would provide more support. Also, just by looking at the pics, I’d say the G0452 is built a little better. Seems like the blade guard is nicer and there may be some ease in adjusting one over the other but I couldn’t tell from the pics. The G0452 is 270 lbs. and may be sturdier compared to 240 lbs. for the G0654. If it were me, I’d pay the extra 30 for the G0452P. I also like the white color better too. That’s just me though. You may also want to call and see if both jointers are compatible with the spiral cutterheads if that’s an upgrade you may want to make later. Hope this helps.

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 01:34 AM

I bought a G0452 two years ago … I am very happy with it.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lightswitch

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks the the input. It’s really awesome when you can post a question like this on a forum and have responses from actual owners of the tools in question just a few minutes later.

Just noticed the polar bear 452 – at that price, and given the longer fence, it sounds almost like a no-brainer.

I would be interested to hear about experiences with whatever freight company they use. My shop is down a narrow driveway off a rutty gravel road and II seriously doubt a big truck is going down there. I’m expecting I may have to pick it up at a terminal or get it shipped elsewhere and move it to the shop myself.

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 01:57 PM

Yep, you’ll have to arrange to pick the jointer up somewhere other than your shop. It will most likely ship UPS on a 18-wheeler. They offer the lift gate service for a fee, but I’ve bought several large Grizzly tools and never requested the service, but always got it – without even asking. The best thing would be to pick it up at the terminal, but you could have them call you so you could meet them somewhere. You’ll need a pick-up truck. They’ll lower the gate down level with the bed on the pick-up and all you have to do is slide the boxes over. The drivers have always helped with that part too.

I thought about this post for a while last night, and one thing came to mind. If there’s any possible way (even if you’d have to wait a little longer, go with an 8” jointer. That’s the only thing I would change about mine. Good luck.

- JJ

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TheDane

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 02:10 PM

My jointer was shipped via SAIA … we live on a hill off a county highway. The driver met me on a side road at the bottom of the hill, and helped me transfer the two cartons from the palette to the back of my Jeep.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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lightswitch

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 02:22 PM

JJ, I would love an 8 inch jointer, but don’t really think I need one or can accommodate one. Firstly, seems like there aren’t any in 120v. Secondly, my “shop” is essentially borrowed/shared space and I’m already going out on a limb by squeezing a 6” in there. Plus, I have a good relationship with a local mill that lets me use their mega-sized machines when I have a desperate need.

All that said it looks like this might be on hold for a few months anyways – the blower motor in my furnace failed last night. :( Thanks everyone for the info, it will prove useful when I do finally move forward. It will be nice to not have to rely on hand tools, a table saw, and a planer to flatten and square stock.

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 09:15 PM

Sorry to hear about your furnace. That kind of sounds like my luck. Its good you have plenty of help if you need it though.
- JJ

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