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Forum topic by SweetTea posted 08-06-2018 10:59 AM 850 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2018 10:59 AM

I picked up a new Steelex st1006 jointer last year and have been enjoying having it in my shop. I do a lot of custom cabinets and normally run all of my face frame and door stiles + rails through my jointer on their edge. The faces are normally already flat so I run one edge then it’s off to the planer.

For the past year or so I have been thinking about buying a power feeder for my jointer so that I can more easily edge joint full length pieces that are 10ft or 12ft long instead of having to cut them down into smaller sections. My jointer has a huge bed, it’s just hard for me to joint the longer pieces without cutting them into shorter more manable sizes.

I have looked at the various 1/4HP units from PowerMatic, Grizzly, Jet, ect. I can’t afford the Co-Matic DC units. They are nice and they do have a dedicated power feeder meant for a jointer but at over $2,000 it’s a bit out of my price range. With that in mind I am considering the Grizzly g1135 track feeder. It’s listed at $1,595 plus $89 shipping. My thinking is that instead of having wheels in favor for a solid track, that it would be the most optimal feeder for a jointer. That way there are no issues with the stock coming off the wheels when feeding through on edge. Do you guys think that would be the next best thing to the Co-Matic? I have a plan for getting the feeder mounted so no concern there.


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#1 posted 08-10-2018 01:28 AM

We use the Grizzly 1/4hp G4176 Power feeder with slow gear option on our Grizzly G0490X 8” Parallelogram lathe that I believe is similar to your Steelex st1006 except ours has a spiral head. It is placed on the outfeed table. The picture below is unit on infeed table when not in use. To joint edges we use to attach feather boards on the infeed and outfeed tables. We have since moved to using a glue line blade on the table saw and skip the jointing. The boards being cut with a glue line blade and 1/4hp G4176 Power feeder on the table saw are 8’.

-- Wuddoc

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#2 posted 08-10-2018 12:49 PM



We use the Grizzly 1/4hp G4176 Power feeder with slow gear option on our Grizzly G0490X 8” Parallelogram lathe that I believe is similar to your Steelex st1006 except ours has a spiral head. It is placed on the outfeed table. The picture below is unit on infeed table when not in use. To joint edges we use to attach feather boards on the infeed and outfeed tables. We have since moved to using a glue line blade on the table saw and skip the jointing. The boards being cut with a glue line blade and 1/4hp G4176 Power feeder on the table saw are 8 .

- wuddoc

How did you guys like the 1/4HP feeder on the jointer? Did it work ok? Was it difficult to setup or keeping the stock feeding through on edge? Trust me I would love to go with the 1/4HP Grizzly over the Grizzly track feeder because the 1/4HP feeder is less than half the price.

I buy my hardwood S4S (already pre-cut to rough dimensioning) and not by the board foot so I really have no need to rip it on my table saw. What I normally do with my face frame stock (I buy it in 2.25” width) is take a 1/16” off on one edge on the jointer and then plane them down to 2” on the planer once I have a straight edge.

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#3 posted 08-10-2018 07:21 PM

Difficult and scary that’s why we switched to glue line blade.

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#4 posted 08-13-2018 10:10 AM



Difficult and scary that s why we switched to glue line blade.

- wuddoc

In what ways did you find it difficult and scary? I plan to try a feeder on my jointer one way or the other. It would be nice to know the pitfalls and difficulties that you encountered so that I can perhaps learn and improve upon the way that you guys did it.

I am now starting to lean towards the Grizzly track feeder even more. It just seems as though if it would be substantially easier and better to not have to worry about getting the wheels perfectly lined up and adjusted perfectly. With a solid 3” or 4” wide track that would make edge jointing with this thing much easier, right?

I will probably improvise a mounting method for what ever feeder I end up with. I am not really concerned with mounting it at this point, and I do not mind drilling holes wherever they are needed. Someone mentioned to me in a PM the other day that there might be a track conversion kit available from Grizzly for their 1/4HP feeder. Does anyone know any thing about that? I really don’t need a 1HP feeder on the jointer for just edge jointing.

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#5 posted 08-15-2018 12:22 AM

Feeder may slip off edge and you or your shop wall suffer a kickback.
Board may tilt/flip and no longer be in contact with feeder wheels, again chance of kickback.

IWF Atlanta close to happening. Just got email from Jeff at Shop Gear they will have booth with feeders there. In the past I have found distributors and/or manufactures have show specials. In some cases they will sell show model at deep discount rather than shipping it back to warehouse.

-- Wuddoc

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#6 posted 08-15-2018 12:52 AM

Kind of late to this but a lot of pro shops I have seen us a power feeder on a shaper for doing repeated edge jointing.
The power feed on the jointers when I’ve seen them have been just for face jointing.

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#7 posted 08-22-2018 01:55 AM



Kind of late to this but a lot of pro shops I have seen us a power feeder on a shaper for doing repeated edge jointing.
The power feed on the jointers when I ve seen them have been just for face jointing.

- AZWoody

I can’t say I’ve seen a shaper used for the primary straight edge. Making a constant parallel secondary edge with a back fence sure, all the time

The primary edge is usually off the slider, SLR, jointer or track saw depending on the shop.

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