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Forum topic by Furnitude posted 08-02-2013 05:02 PM 2704 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2013 05:02 PM

Pending the sale of some other stuff on Craigslist, I’m about to pull the trigger on a used 6” jointer. I’ve got three possibilities nearby, a Grizzly G1182ZXHW for $200, a Rikon 20-100 for $375 and a Jet JJ-6CSX for $400. These are the CL list prices, so there might be wiggle room. I like all of these jointers. I think I’d be happy with any of them. KnobScott always has great things to say about his Grizzly G1182 series jointer, and I really respect his opinion. This one jumps out at me because of the price. Also, it seems to be the ultra supreme model of that series – with handwheels, a heftier body and the magnetic switch on a stick. Curiously, I couldn’t find a review of a G1182 on Lumberjocks. If I buy it, perhaps I’ll write one. The Rikon is also calling my name. It has a 1.5 HP motor. The Jet is also a solid option. For me, the most important factors are table flatness and co-planarality (?), fence beefiness and stability, power and overall heft. Adjustability ability and ease are important, but I don’t plan on moving the tables once I get it set. (Also, why do all the fences adjust for tapering? I’m sure some people use that, but I’ll bet it’s extremely rare. I wish they would put all the engineering time for those fences back into the jointer itself…. But I digress.) I bought the PDF for the 2009 review article on 6” jointers from Wood Magazine. This particular Grizzly wasn’t included. Here are a few results. For weight, Jet = 215 lbs, Rikon = 258 lbs and Grizzly (according to their online catalog) = 257. For table and fence flatness, the Rikon scored A- and A. The Jet scored B+ and A-. For a couple other Grizzly models tested, they both scored A in table flatness. The Rikon wins on power. So… I think I’ve narrowed it down to the Grizzly or the Rikon (which I can perhaps talk down to $300 or so). I’m sure I can’t go wrong with either and it might all come down to condition. Those are my considerations so far.

Here are photos of the actual jointers. Don’t have any from the Rikon yet.

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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#1 posted 08-02-2013 05:06 PM

IMO get the grizzly. I moved from a delta 6” to a grizz 8” and have been quite pleased.

-- Who is John Galt?

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#2 posted 08-02-2013 05:19 PM

Horsepower isn’t a big deal with jointers outside professional
settings. 1hp is fine for up to an 8” machine, imo.

When you take a heavy planing cut on a jointer, it’s
unpleasant to the operator and difficult to get a
good surface finish, so light surfacing cuts work
better generally and for that you don’t need
big power. Of course if you want to do a lot
of rabbeting of hardwoods on a jointer maybe
you do want more power, but most woodworkers
don’t rabbet on the jointer anymore.

Mostly for me the jointer is a set-and-forget machine.
I set it for a light surfacing cut and just take more
passes when doing edges. On long boards I
straight-line them with a saw first usually and this
saves a lot of labor on the jointer.

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#3 posted 08-02-2013 05:38 PM

I vote for the Grizzly too. I have the equivalent of that jointer that I bought new back in the early 90’s. I just looked at the manual, dated 1983, didn’t even have a typical “G” series number on it. I’ve never done anything but put new knives in it and keep it clean. I love that machine.

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#4 posted 08-02-2013 05:38 PM

Thanks for the forum entry and certainly the comments. I owen a 1970’s Craftsman 6” which does NOT include an adjustable out-feed table. I’m considering an upgrade to an 8” jointer in the next year so I’m very interested in your comments and reviews. As well as pricings of used equipment.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 07:36 PM

The Jet and Grizzly are very similar….I’ll bet many parts are interchangeable. The white paint and mobile base on the Jet are nice, and dealer support and longer warranty were great for the original buyer, but are of no benefit to you. Functionally the Jet and Grizzly are the same, so the premium gets you paint and a mobile base. FWIW, in ~ 2001 Wood Mag rated the 1182HW #1 over the Jet, two Delta’s, Ridgid, Sunhill, and Bridgewood (IIRC). Of those, the Bridgewood, Sunhill, Jet, and Griz came from the same factory.

I have very little knowledge of the Rikon….I’m positive it’s less proven, but it’s a reputable company. The a 1.5hp motor won’t hurt, but I’ve never bogged the 1hp motor on my 1182. What else would the $175 buy for you?

Like any cutting tool, if the basic mechanisms are sound, setup and blades are the key contributors to the end performance. Let us know what you end up getting.

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 08:02 PM

I had that Jet jointer and it worked great for a few years. I upgraded to an 8” model, but I built a lot of furniture with that machine.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 02:21 AM

+1 on the grizzly. the subject jet is an attractive unit but is overpriced. FTR, the griz scott noted was the top tool winner in that test. the ridgid got the top value nod.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#8 posted 08-09-2013 01:45 PM

Well, I pulled the trigger yesterday on a used jointer. The inexpensive Grizzly was no longer available, so I bought this Rikon 20-110. I’m pretty psyched!

-- Mitch, Also blog at

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