|Forum topic by Bluzman||posted 12-28-2011 08:35 AM||1046 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
12-28-2011 08:35 AM
I have a Grizzly GO586 8” jointer. Its about 4 years old now and I’m thinking about buying a second set of knives for it and sending the current ones off to be sharpened. I watched the “Setting Jointer Knives” video #10 on the GarageWoodWorks web site: http://www.garagewoodworks.com/video.php It looks like a very good method.
I do have a dial indicator and after watching the above video I finally put it to use adjusting my outfeed table, which seems to be a very accurate way to accomplish that. With my new-found understanding of this gadget I bought and let sit for years I was also able to precisely determine the exact high point position for the knife blades and mark the fence with a vertical line to speed things up next time. Starting to like this thing now, if I was the table saw I’d be nervous.
I don’t have a jointer pal. The jointer came with a jig for setting height but the jointer pal seems more precise.
I have never done this before so I got out the manual that came with my jointer and learned that my jointer has both jack screws and springs for setting knife height. At first I thought; wow what a nice feature I sure was smart to buy this jointer. That thought lasted for, oh…, about 3 seconds when I read that you need to choose one or the other and I realized I am clueless.
1) which is the better method for setting the height of my jointer knives, using jack screws or the springs?
2) if the jack screws are the better method (more accurate/easier) do I really need the jointer pal? I’m thinking a straight edge would be the better way to go with jack screws and that the magnetic feature of the jointer pal would cause problems than it cures.
Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
-- Paul Stewart • Goodlettsville, Tennessee