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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 12-17-2014 01:09 AM 1141 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2014 01:09 AM

I’m about to take the plunge and buy a new jointer for my shop. Have been scouring CL for several months now and can’t find a decent used one so going to splurge a little. I think I’ve narrowed my search down to the Jet JJ-8CS and the Grizzly GO490. Both 8” jointers. Specs on the Jet are 66-1/2” table, 398 lbs, 5500 rpm, 3 knives, 2 hp. Specs on Grizzly are 76-3/8” table, 562 lbs, 4800 rpm, 4 knives and 3 hp. Jet costs $1430 and Grizzly $995. Cost isn’t a huge factor for me here but I do want to get most bang for the buck. Please offer your opinions.

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 01:16 AM

My vote is for the 490. I have the Delta DJ20 which is essentially the same machine, and it is a wonderful tool. The parallelogram tables are sturdy, and once you adjust them they stay put. It is an aircraft carrier for sure, but it makes dead accurate cuts.
I had a Jet jointer (6” version) and it was okay. I had trouble with the tables getting bumped and going out of adjustment. The table gibs are flimsy little thumb nuts.
They both will accept an upgraded Shelix head if you decide on that down the road.
Good luck.

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 01:19 AM

I have the jet and its a great machine. The grizzly sounds better. you prob could get a grizzly with a spiral cutter head for the price of the jet. That would be hard for me to pass up. I got the jet for $700 and it was well taken care of.

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 01:33 AM

We have the Grizzly with segmented/ spiral cutter head (shelix) and it has been great. I will not go back to knives. It cuts clean, no knives to adjust or sharpen, simply turn a screw to change a cutter. Each cutter has multiple sides to use before replacment is neccesary.It has been in the shop since Dec 2012 and has not had a blade replaced. Beds are easy to adjust and have held position well. It is a heavy beast. Dust collection appears to be pretty good, but I don’t have a lot of experience with similar machines to compare the spiral head jointer to. Does not clog like the old straight knife jointer I used before. Just my .02ยข. Good luck and happy jointing.

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#4 posted 12-17-2014 01:57 AM

I have the G0490X and would buy it again. However, between the two you mentioned I think the bed length is the deciding factor. Let us know your decision.

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 01:57 AM

+1 for Grizzly with spiral cutting head. The 490X is even on sale:

Also check and see if someone has a 10% off coupon for grizzly.

I use a spiral cuttinghead regularly in the shop I go to. Its considerably better then knives. For one thing you can joint end grain with it which is nice for things like cuttingboards. Still get chipout at the end, but no more gauges coming out of the middle of your piece. Also grain pattern doesn’t matter at all with a spiral cuttinghead so no more issues with figured woods or having to look and see where the grain is running etc.

Seriously don’t even consider another option since you have the money for the spiral.

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 02:12 AM

Longer bed, more horsepower, more cuts per minute, more mass, less cost. Sounds like the Grizzly unless there’s a substantial difference in quality.

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 02:31 AM

Grizzly would be my choice. For me three deciding factors in this order: parallelogram easier to adjust than gibs. Then length of infeed outfeed tables. Then cost. I suppose 3hp over 2hp but I think 2hp on an 8” jointer is plenty of power unless you are planning on doing one pass rabbets. Also the Grizzly colors will look much better after two scotches. :)

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