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Forum topic by Chiefk posted 05-13-2008 08:49 PM 1068 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2008 08:49 PM

I am looking at Jointers. I have narrowed my search down to two jointers. One has a parallelogram table adjustment and other the bed slides on dovetailed ways. I am hoping someone can explain to me the differences and whether one is much superior to the other. Thanks in advance, pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#1 posted 05-13-2008 09:08 PM

The infeed table will stay a more consistant distance from the cutter on the parallelogram one when changing the depth of cut.

I usually have mine set for a minumum cut so it doesn’t make any difference to me.

Not that big a deal. I’d get the least expensive one.

-- 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 05-14-2008 12:26 AM

I agree with Gary. I don’t change my depth of cut, set it to a minimum.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 05-14-2008 04:56 AM

I generally range between 1/32 and 1/8 inch depending on whether it is a finish cut or if I’m just starting to straighten a rough edged piece…...other than that , I don’t change the depth of cut enough to warrant spending extra money on a new ‘gizmo’

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#4 posted 05-14-2008 05:54 AM

I’m fairly new to using a jointer and I also have been leaving it at a minimum cut and just rerunning the wood over it until I get a satisfactory face. Started using blue chalk to really make it easy to see what flattening still needs to be done. With two kids it seems we have an inexhaustable supply of sidewalk chalk around :-)

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 03:24 PM

Thanks, everyone. The reason I ask is that I am looking at two different models of Grizzley Jointers. The first one is the G0490X currently priced at $1,075. This jointer is a 3HP jointer with the parallelogram table. The second one is the model GO593 which is a 2HP jointer with dovetail ways. The cost of this jointer is $20 more. This has me confused. It was my impression that the parrallelogram was an improvement over the dovetail ways. I just don’t understand why the 2HP would cost more that the 3HP. Can anyone explain this to me. Thanks again. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 04:14 PM

You may want to look at them again. One of them may have a carbide cutter head. Karson love his 8” in jointer with the carbide cutters. It reduces tear out and you can sharpen the blade by making a quarter turn to a new edge. Keep in mind that there will be around 40 of them to do that on if they are all dull. If you get a nick in one, you can just turn the one that is damaged. There is a draw back. The cutters come in packs of 10 so it would take 3 to 4 packs to replace all the cutter heads when all the sides are dull. This can become an expensive proposition.

I chose to keep with the straight HSS knives. I have two sets so if one is dull, I can send it off to be sharpened while I have a freash set in.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 10:59 PM

Greg both jointer have the carbide spiral cutters. The only other difference is the fence on one uses a rack and pinion system to move. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#8 posted 05-18-2008 05:57 PM

OK this is probably a stupid question BUT… you list yourself as abeginner to intermediate woodworker which I assume means you are not in business, so have really considered if you need an 8 in joiner?? there are some pretty good six in. joiners that don’t require a 4 diget outlay. I personaly have a rigid but thats not the only fish in the pond. Since I have a planer most of the work is edging and width is rather moot. I use a lot of “mill run” wood so the jointer gets a fair amount of use, but I have not felt that the small width is any disadvantage.

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