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09-07-2008 08:39 PM

My next tool purchase for my shop is going to be a jointer. I’m torn between the Delta X5 6” jointer, The deluxe Jet 6” Jointer and the 6” Steel City Jointer with the granite fence. The steel city is at the top of my price range, but I love the idea of the granite fence. Anyone have any advice? Does anyone have any experience with the Steel City jointer as I know it is fairly new? Thanks in advance for any information you have to offer.

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#1 posted 09-07-2008 08:54 PM

If it were me and I had the money for the Steel City I would consider an 8” jointer for about the same price.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 09:39 PM

I had a 6inch, and every time I used it I either wanted a longer bed or a wider bed. Go with the 8 inch no matter what you do. I finally found someone to buy my 6inch and now I am getting an 8 inch this month. I had the grizzly and going to go with them again. I have the dj20 at the school shop, other than the color, I really don’t notice any difference in the 2 machines. Save some $. If granite was that good/practical, all the manufacturers would have it as an option.

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#3 posted 09-07-2008 09:59 PM

Granite chips easier than cast iron, its a gimick

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#4 posted 09-09-2008 01:17 AM

I wouldn’t say it’s a gimick…cast iron can warp pretty badly..the granite stays flat and is really smooth.


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#5 posted 09-09-2008 01:49 AM


For what it’s worth, Woodcraft in Franklin, Tennessee had a floor sample from the Steel City showroom at a great price. It has been a few weeks and it might be gone, but won’t hurt to call and ask.

It was an 8 incher and was BIG!!! They we calling it the USS Steel City and had a picture of an aircraft carrier on it.

I have a 6” Delta and love it.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.

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#6 posted 09-09-2008 01:14 PM

I have the 6” Jet and it is fine for what I do. Every now and then I wish for a longer bed. The one upgrade I cannot wait to make though is to the carbide toothed cutters rather than the HSS blades. The Jet does have the 90 degree and 45 degree stops built in and it is easy to adjust the fence, etc.

The dust port is crap though and unless you have a continuous vacuum hooked up you get a lot of dust blowing out the top and down the fence where you want to place your work. I never had that on my old deWalt planer which was not a cabinet style.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#7 posted 09-09-2008 02:20 PM

grizzly 8” with spiral cutter. I have the 8” grizz with regular head.. I will upgrade it to spiral soon. 6” is never enough.

-- making sawdust....

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#8 posted 09-09-2008 02:33 PM

I make doors. So an average bottom rail is about 9 or 10” wide and has to be surfaced. Right now i have a 16” wide jointer, but 12” would basically take care of most situations. Anything less than 12” in a jointer really ticks me off and makes my left eye go to twitching…Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 09-09-2008 08:52 PM

For what it is worth, I just bought a 6” jointer and now see a need for a 8”. If you can afford it, you won’t wish you had gone smaller. I would also look real hard at the grizzly like the other guys have mentioned.

-- Rusty

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