8" Jointer Jet vs Grizzly

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Forum topic by Chiefk posted 03-30-2008 03:48 PM 1812 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-30-2008 03:48 PM

I am thinking of upgrading my jointer. The jointer I have now is the 6” Delta Professional model. I would like to geet an 8” jointer. I had been loocking at the Grizzley with the spiral cutters; However, Friday I discovered that Jet now offers an 8” jointer with the spiral cutters. The Jet costs a little more, but I can get it on line without sales tax and shipping costs. So the bottome line is the prices are about the same. I currently have a Grizzly 2hp dust collector that has been an excellent machine. But I have no experience with Jet products. I would appreciate any information/guidance. Thanks, pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 05:21 PM

All I have is a Jet mini lathe, but it’s pretty nice.

I have not heard any bad things about either Jet of Grizzly.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 08:59 PM

If your shop has limited space, and tools need to be mobile, shoving the 8” jointer around may be a back breaking task.

Rather than get a larger jointer to flatten boards, I purchased a Clifton #5 jack plane. In just a few minutes, I can take the cusp and twist out of a board in order to prepare it for the planer. I find that this is very enjoyable exercise.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 09:08 PM

I’ve had great luck with Grizzly. I, too, only have a mini-lathe by Jet, but it works exactly as advertised.

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#4 posted 03-31-2008 03:42 PM

Thanks for your replies. I want to do a little more research on the two machines before buying. 8iowa, i already have several planes to include a #5, but usually use a #7 when I want to flatten a large panel such as a table top. However, I prefer to use a jointer to flatten one face and edge. As for space, while I don’t have the largest shop, I believe an 8” jointer on wheels will fit nicely in my shop. thanks, again everyone, pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 04:50 PM

I’ve compared Jet and Delta side by side and they both stack up equally with respect to quality. Own stationary power tools made by both.
That said, I’m also impressed by the value for the dollar you get with Grizzly. So, in my opinion, if budget outweighs every other factor go with the Grizzly. If you can afford to spend more, however, I’d move up to the Jet.

-- Gerry

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