which joiner planer is best?

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Forum topic by Jesse posted 02-03-2015 02:41 AM 896 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2015 02:41 AM

I am getting ready to buy a joiner and I am wondering if there is a significant difference between brands? I am looking at an 8 inch with spiral head cutters. The powermatic is 3x the price of grizzly and I just can’t see where the few differences equal that much additional cost. The General and Grizzly are identical, I’m convinced they are the same machine with different stickers on them. So my question I guess is there a difference in accuracy or ease of use that warrants buying the powermatic over the grizzly? Thanks for your input!

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 03:15 AM

Or is there another alternative I should maybe consider?

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 03:18 AM

Powermatic quality standards are not what they used to
be. That said, Grizzly is known for delivering good value
with fit and finish that’s not too impressive.

I recommend a vintage machine. Your money will go further.

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 07:18 AM

Whatever machine you get, I would recommend the spiral head. If you find an older machine, you may be able to put a spiral head on it. Grizzly has them that will fit various brands, and of course you can deal directly with Byrd (Shellix Cutterhead).

The improved performance, especially in gnarly wood, and the ease of maintenance are well worth the cost.

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 01:51 PM

Powermatic is the same as Grizzly, lots of parts are interchangeable.

Second vote for spiral head. Easy to maintain, quiet (little teeth chewing away instead of big knives slamming into the wood), small ships (easy on the collector), better with gnarly grain.

Lots of Grizzly stuff is damaged in shipment, cheap bearings routinely fail, etc., but for the price they can’t be beat.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 02:06 PM

I like the parallelogram design if you can justify the incremental $. If you need to make adjustments to the jointer beds, this is a huge advantage. Spiral cutterhead is also nice but if I had to choose between the two upgrades I would favor the parallelogram architecture.

As Loren suggested, vintage is a great option as well.

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