|Forum topic by cuttwice||posted 12-06-2011 08:01 PM||2294 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
12-06-2011 08:01 PM
I’m finally setting up the shop I’ve been lusting after for a couple of years (OK, maybe not exactly the shop I’ve been lusting after, but as close as my resources will allow), and I’m going to have room for a jointer and planer.
It seems the more critical of the two machines is the jointer (at least, it seems that way to me – I’m tired of chasing a reference edge!), so I’ve been thinking that’s where I’ll invest most of the money for this pair of machines. After reading numerous posts here and elsewhere from those who bought 6” jointers and wish they’d spent the money for an 8” model, I’m going to try to reach that far. I also read an article in FWW recently that extolled the virtues (and long-term economy) of helical cutterheads, so I think that’s worth it too.
I realize that leaves me in the fairly spendy machine market segment, but I hope it will be worth it in the long run. I’m also stuck buying new, I think, for two reasons: first, I’ve been trolling on Craigslist in my area (Long Island, NY), and haven’t found much that’s interesting, and second, while I’m not a terrible wrench, I have my doubts about whether my gifts extend to rebuilding a machine that has some serious flaw I can’t see before the check clears.
I think I’m down to a Grizzly G0490, and I’ll get a replacement Byrd head for it, which will cost me about $100 more than the Grizzly spiral head, but gets me shearing teeth instead of straight ones.
Having administered that beating to my wallet, I’m thinking that the most planer I can reasonably afford will be either a DeWalt DW735 or a Grizzly G0689 lunchbox planer (it seems to me that after that price range, there’s a substantial jump in price that I can’t swing, but I’d be happy to be corrected about that if anyone has an alternative recommendation).
So, that’s the plan. Here are the associated questions:
Thanks very much in advance for any comments.