|Forum topic by Tedstor||posted 04-27-2011 07:25 PM||1906 views||0 times favorited||14 replies|
04-27-2011 07:25 PM
So my current jointer is a 60yo 4 3/8” Craftsman. Its a good tool and in great shape. It does a fantastic job on smaller stock, say up to 20-30”. Anything past that takes A LOT of effort on my part to keep the board level and true. If I remember correctly, the total length of the machine is something like 25”. Since my projects tend to be smaller in scale, the short length jointer has rarely posed an issue. However, my oldest son needs some bedroom furniture, my SIL just bought a house and will need furniture, and my wife and I’s 10th anniversary is next month and I’d like to build her a large blanket chest. All that said, its time to add a bigger jointer into the mix.
Grizzly G0452 and G0654- I can’t really tell any notable difference between these two products. I’ve heard almost universally good things about Grizzly machines and have heard good things about these machines specifically. What I LOVE about these machines is the pop-down caster system that comes standard. Mobility is a necessity in my tiny workspace. BUT, these tools are on the cusp of breaking my budget selling right at $500 (with shipping). I’m really tempted to forego the hassle of endless shopping and price stalking and just buy a Grizzly. But there are other models to consider first.
Craftsman 21705 – From the pics on Sears.com, this jointer looks nearly identical to the Grizzly G0654. The base and bed are the same as the grizzly. The key differences I could identify outside a few asthetic details were the Craftsman does not include the pop-down casters. However, the craftsman has a 1.5hp motor where as the grizzly’s motor is rated at 1hp. I’ve used a few weaker 3/4hp jonters that seemed plenty powerful, so I’m not sure the additional .5hp is even necessary or appreciable. The craftsman also has a high-mounted on/off switch, which I kind of like.
Ridgid JP0610- This is another machine that seems well received by just about everyone. No special or standout features from what I can tell, but an overall solid and reliable tool. I’ve almost bought this machine a few times in the past. Once when it was on sale for $199 at HD. Talk about a lost opportunity LOL. Unfortunately, as much as I’d like to consider this machine, it appears to no longer be available from Home Depot who typically priced it at $429. With a 10% military discount, it drops to an attractive $390. Other retailers that still sell it are priced well into the $500-600 range. HD.com lists the jointer as “temporarily unavailable”. Maybe they restock in the next couple weeks and it can get back in the race.
And now for the dark horse.
Harbor Freight/ Central machinery 30289 – Three things keep me interested in this machine.
Anyway. I’ve rambled enough. I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have. Is there a worthy machine that I might have overlooked?