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05-18-2012 01:36 PM

I’m looking into jointers. I noticed that the Grizzly 6” spiral head and 8” normal (linear i guess) head are about the same price. Do the extra 1.5 hp, longer bed and 2” capacity equal or surpass the helical head? It seems like quite a premium for a spiral cutter.



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 05-18-2012 01:44 PM

Cleaner cuts less bumps if that makes sense

Any extra length is good

Mine is a 1939 Wadkin and the angle blade which I think

works the same as a helix has proved itself over

and over


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#2 posted 05-18-2012 01:56 PM

I’ll take both, lol:) I’d probably go for the 8” then purchase the spiral head later on. You can’t add two inches in the future, you know:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 02:14 PM

Ditto – 8 inch. Get the capacity – - the ability to actually joint a drawerfront or wider stock, in addition to being able to joint LONGER pieces with the longer tables will far outweigh the cutterhead.

The helical cutter heads are great – but capacity trumps it easily.

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#4 posted 05-18-2012 02:17 PM

Go with the 8”. You would rather have the extra 2”. Size DOES matter!

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#5 posted 05-18-2012 02:36 PM

I have the 8” Grizzly. Get the 8”, hands down.

Spiral is nice, but you can get a spiral cutterhead later and install it; I doubt you will find a way to make the tables grow wider though, haha

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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