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Forum topic by Amir1234 posted 02-26-2009 08:05 PM 1255 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2009 08:05 PM

Fellow woodworkers,

I work wood as a hobby, but do tackle rather good size projects, such as doors, bed, cabinets, etc. This may be a familiar situation to many, so here it goes – I currently have a 6” Ridgid jointer and a 14” Delta bandsaw. Jointer works fine, but is often too small. The bandsaw, well, I just keep the sledge hammer away when I work with it. So, its time to replace!

I have been looking up and down – from Minimax to Grizzly. Of course, we all would like to have the best we can have, and if I pushed myself, I could probably come up with the money to buy from Hammer (Felder). But it really bugs me to spend more money on the jointer than my table saw!

And the question is – are they really that different? Lets say Grizzly 12” jointer(just jointer) versus Hammer A31 combo?

For those of you who have been in my situation, would appreciate sharing your experiences and if you would do what you did again?


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#1 posted 02-26-2009 08:23 PM

I had a friend, a motorcycle mechanic that said: “there aren’t bad motorcycles, there are careless people”.

My only experience, has been with a 10” table saw (Powermatic 66). If buying again, I’ll go for something cheaper but decent. I would say, a second hand Jointer or a new Grizzly would give you the same results that any other of those fancy machines.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 08:29 PM

I have had really bad luck with Grizzly (see for details) and really good luck with Powermatic. Everyone I talk to loves the Powematic 6 and 8” jointers. Do you really need a 12” jointer? It is hard to find wood that requires it. I would get a high quality 8” long bed vs an affordable low quality 12”. But if you have the money and can afford a high quality 12”, by all means go for it.

By the way, just my opinion, but a high quality Band Saw like the 18” Laguna, and some quality Lie-Nielson planes are tools I would buy before a high quality jointer. You didn’t ask, but there, I said it.

-- Joe.....

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