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Forum topic by jtritz posted 01-10-2014 02:39 AM 1320 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jtritz

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01-10-2014 02:39 AM

Tell me if I’m Crazy. I bought an old Craftsman cast Iron 6 1/8” jointer a couple of months ago on craigslist. I refurbished it, put new belt and pulleys, sanded the table and fence removing all the rust (and Waxed) added casters for mobility, got everything square and co-planed on in feed and out feed and it runs like a top. This unit has a 2HP motor.

I am tempted by a posting on craigslist for a basically new Grizzly G0654 for $400. I think I can get $200 for my re-furbished craftsman, so it would cost me $200 to upgrade to the Grizz. The Grizz has a 46” table vs 30” on the old craftsman.

My vanity side wants the good looking brand new Grizz for $200 more, But my sensible side says I’m crazy going from 2HP to 1HP. Both saws have a 6” capacity.

What do you guys think?


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#1 posted 01-10-2014 02:45 AM

If your current jointer is doing what you want it to do, there’s no reason to upgrade. Keep the Craftsman, and take the $200 you save and blow it on booze and fireworks. Or a tool you’ve been lusting after.

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#2 posted 01-10-2014 02:51 AM

Alster,

I know deep down your right, just mainly wanted to know if the trade off for having a longer table, is worth the trade off for going from 2HP down to 1HP. my gut tells me no, but wanted some input. Also, your right about the $200 going towards a tool. I am getting ready to buy a new Bandsaw. Also, I have more than enough Booze and don’t care about the fireworks!

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#3 posted 01-10-2014 04:58 PM

How do you like the Craftsman? Just asking cause there’s one in my local CL for sale that I was thinking of checking out. Sounds like the same thing…6 1/8” 2.5hp motor.

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#4 posted 01-10-2014 05:04 PM

$200 buys a lot of bandsaw upgrades . . .

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#5 posted 01-10-2014 06:44 PM

Craftsman is notorious for exaggerating their HP claims. It is it really a 2HP motor? The amperage will tell you. A 2HP motor should draw somewhere around 17-18A.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 09:51 PM

Really good point Rick. It has a 10.0 amp rating which makes it closer to a 1 1/2 HP than 2HP. Appreciate the input.

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#7 posted 01-10-2014 09:59 PM

Armandhammer,

I saw your other post and the pic of the Jointer your looking at. That one is larger than what I bought, but if it runs good seems like a pretty good buy for $100 bucks. I paid a hundred for mine and spent a little on refurbishing a few things, but it works very well so far. I would go for it.

I originally started this post cause I was thinking of upgrading to a newer model Grizz, but I have decided to stay with the craftsman and save the money and spend it on the Band saw (thanks Alster)

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#8 posted 01-10-2014 10:23 PM

The Grizzly G0654 pulls 14A and is rated at 1HP, so is either inefficient or closer to 1.5HP. The Craftsman at 10A is closer to 1HP. So motor-wise I suspect the Grizz has the edge but that doesn’t mean it’s a better jointer.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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hydro

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#9 posted 01-11-2014 01:57 PM

Don’t get hung up on the motor HP rating as a 6” jointer will cut fine with only about 3/4 HP. The real advantage in a jointer is the table length and the Grizzly would have a big advantage there. Watch the CL ads and see what your Craftsman jointer is worth and make your decision based the trade off.

BTW, the Craftsman jointer is worth the average CL price, no matter how nicely it has been restored. I recently sold my 6” Delta, in very good shape, and it was a tough sell to even get a call.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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