Little change of plan...combo machine or jointer and 735 with helical. Don't trust my local advice

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Forum topic by TDog77 posted 03-18-2012 10:59 PM 1147 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-18-2012 10:59 PM

If some of you were a part of my last few posts you were informed that I was pretty sure I was going to get a Hammer combo 12 machine but with all of the planes, clamps craigslist stuff over the last week yadda yadda yadda I just cannot afford to drop that kind of dough right now nor do I want to wait the 45 days it will take to get it in from overseas….maybe someday but not now. Long story short when I was down at rockler and woodcraft talking to the friendly guys and gals there for quite some time going over options all 4 people strongly steered me away from any type of combo machine. They all felt that I would be much better served with my allowance with something like a Grizzly Jet or Powermatic 8 inch jointer and something like a 735 with a byrd helical. I understand the pain of having to go back and forth between operations but I have a hard time believing that the 735 would be able to put out the same quality as a decent combo machine, but this is just my gut talking here hence this post. I see the dewalt on one side and something like a G0634XP on the other one being small, plastic and portable and the other being one large hunk of iron. I also have a hard time believing them when they say that you will lose accuracy on the jointer when going between operations having to tinker with it all the time. If any of you do suggest a combo machine where would you steer me because I am really lost at this point but would like to stay near the price range of the Grizzly G0634XP. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-18-2012 11:56 PM

Your doing the same thing I have done in the past and many others . Not waiting for what you really want.
Personally , I like separate machines. You have other options other than grizzly, rockler and woodcraft.

Look in your phonebook or internet to see where your closest industrial woodworking machinery dealer is. They can get anything you want. I would stay away from grizzly. They are a cheap alternative to what you really want.

Save your money to get good quality tools and machines. You won’t regret it later down the road.

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#2 posted 03-18-2012 11:58 PM

I have had both and prefer separate machines even though I have extremely limited shop space.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#3 posted 03-19-2012 12:06 AM

I would go separate machines but spring for a larger planer especially if you have the cash to drop on a 735, plus helix head, and any accessories. If i could do it over I would have skipped the 734 and gone for a 15” or 16” floor model planer.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#4 posted 03-19-2012 12:18 AM

Me I never liked the combo machines. One thing usually can’t do everything well, IMO dedicated machines focusing on one thing are much better. And there is something to be said about that setup going back and forth, I wouldn’t want to have do it. Much easier to just walk over to the machine and turn it on.

If you’re referring to the DW735, have one since at least 2004, wouldn’t part with it, not even for a bigger one. The finish has always been excellent, the only problem I had was that the knives would nick easily. I solved that by installing a Shelix so it’s good to go for a very long time now. If I hadn’t thought the machine was worth it I would not have spent the money on a Shelix for it.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#5 posted 03-19-2012 12:21 AM

Twiceisnice, I went to rockler and woodcraft to get a few things that I have been watching that were on sale but by no means do I think they are the end of the road for options. I have looked at mini max, hammer, laguna, grizzly, steel city, general, jet, powermatic etc. but I have never considered a industrial woodworking facility. What would they be able to offer as far as brands that is different then the aforementioned ones or do they deal with entirely different options? If it is other brands or options that I have not seen I can only imagine that they will be huge. I absolutely appreciate good tools and most of what I have I would consider middle to higher end but what is a mid to higher end option in a jointer that is a safer bet. A powermatic for example is a fair amount more then a grizzly but I see plenty of unhappy customers with fit, finish, out of adjustment and the fact that it is just not the way it used to be and the same for the delta’s. I wanted to go with hammer since I have not read anything negative with them but is there anything in between say hammer and grizzly where one can reliably get a good two machine setup?

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