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Thorbjorn88

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03-11-2018 01:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: g0821 40160h-ct bench top jointer

I’m looking to get a bench top jointer because I don’t have room for a proper floor unit. I mainly build guitars so the longest pieces of wood I need to joint are about 24-30”. I’ve narrowed it down to either the Cutech 40160H or the Grizzly 0821 and am leaning toward the Grizzly since it has an actual helical head instead of just spiral and its inserts have 4 sides instead of just two. But with shipping factored in (Grizzly shipping is a little cheaper) the Grizzly is about $100 more. Does anyone have experience with these or a different benchtop jointer they would recommend?


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jeff

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#1 posted 03-11-2018 01:55 AM

I’m in the same boat.There are some videos on YouTube but not for the model # your looking at.I would be interested also.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 03-11-2018 02:27 AM

I have the Grizzy 6” Jointer with spiral cutter head (G0452Z). I love the thing. I would never get a machine like that with out the spiral cutter head. Of course that is my humble opinion…..

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#3 posted 03-11-2018 02:31 AM

Helical all the way.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 03-11-2018 03:03 AM

I have the Cutech in an 8”. It does a good job on short boards, but not so great on boards more than 4 foot long. I am getting a spiral head Jet delivered on Tuesday that will take its place and I’m going to sell the Cutech. If all you do is shorter boards it will do fine. It actually leaves a nice finish on wood but I would think a true helical head would be better.

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BoardButcherer

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 01:56 PM

True helical. I have the Cutech 6” and as soon as I unboxed it I knew I needed something else. It’s not a bad machine, it’s just not great. Just not enough cutting edges.

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#6 posted 03-31-2018 04:41 PM



I have the Cutech in an 8”. It does a good job on short boards, but not so great on boards more than 4 foot long. I am getting a spiral head Jet delivered on Tuesday that will take its place and I’m going to sell the Cutech. If all you do is shorter boards it will do fine. It actually leaves a nice finish on wood but I would think a true helical head would be better.

- Eddie33

Do the table extensions help at all? I can’t afford anything with a long bed, I’m too impatient to wait for the perfect used jointer, so now I’m struggling between the better cutter head on the grizzly 6” bench, and the 8” cutech with extensions.

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thatsmejake

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#7 posted 03-31-2018 04:43 PM



I have the Grizzy 6” Jointer with spiral cutter head (G0452Z). I love the thing. I would never get a machine like that with out the spiral cutter head. Of course that is my humble opinion…..

- Kelster58

How many cutters go over each “slice” of wood. The cutech appears to basically be the equivalent of a single blade, just segmented.

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MikeWoodWork

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#8 posted 04-01-2018 05:13 PM



I have the Cutech in an 8”. It does a good job on short boards, but not so great on boards more than 4 foot long. I am getting a spiral head Jet delivered on Tuesday that will take its place and I’m going to sell the Cutech. If all you do is shorter boards it will do fine. It actually leaves a nice finish on wood but I would think a true helical head would be better.

- Eddie33

I have the same machine. Not bad, but not great. I’ve been using it to flatten pallet boards and it is doing a good job of that.

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AZWoody

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#9 posted 04-01-2018 10:22 PM

I had an old Steel City 8” with their segmented head, which is the predecessor of Cutech and even though it wasn’t a true spiral, it still did a good job on some figured boards when face jointing. The only time I would get tearout is on something extreme but even then, it was minimal.

I eventually sold it to a guy who drove 5 hours just to get it because he had the 6” version and needed the 8” and loved what he already had.

Mind you, this was the full size, not benchtop but the head is still the same. Also, if the inserts are HSS, order some carbide replacements when they go dull.

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MikeWoodWork

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#10 posted 04-02-2018 01:02 AM


Also, if the inserts are HSS, order some carbide replacements when they go dull.

- AZWoody

This is good to know, thanks! I’m getting ready to rotate the blades on mine and order some replacements. Do you know if the 4 sided cutters will fit? I know it comes with the two sided ones.

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AZWoody

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#11 posted 04-03-2018 12:29 AM


Also, if the inserts are HSS, order some carbide replacements when they go dull.

- AZWoody

This is good to know, thanks! I m getting ready to rotate the blades on mine and order some replacements. Do you know if the 4 sided cutters will fit? I know it comes with the two sided ones.

- MikeWoodWork

I believe they still are only 2 sided with the aftermarkets. Probably something to do with the way the seat for the insert is machined.

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TwoThumbBruce

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#12 posted 05-28-2018 02:26 PM

Is an extension table like Eddie asked about feasible? I envision a simple support for longer lumber, neatly abutted to the discharge end of the jointer face… Maybe an extension on the other end too. Would this work? Has anyone tried this?

-- Bruce, Florida

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