|Forum topic by bbasiaga||posted 02-21-2015 02:53 PM||683 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-21-2015 02:53 PM
I’m looking to upgrade from my Shopfox benchtop 6” jointer. Really, it has been a good tool. I got it set up with the help of a lot of internet wisdom and made several very good projects with it. No complaints, but now I’m planning some projects using longer pieces and the short beds will become a limitation.
I’ve been looking at the Grizzly 6” jointers. They have a basic model, then one with parallelogram beds, and others with a helical cutter head. I’m trying to determine whether the paralellogram beds are worth it, and if the helical cutter head holds enough advantage to justify the cost.
So can you tell me what exactly it is about the parallelogram beds that makes them better or more desirable? I imagine you still have to spend time lining them up, just like on a regular jointer bed….then what?
I know the helical cutter heads are said to leave a smoother finish, and cut quieter. Is there anything else that they do ‘better’ than a standard?
I’m not made of money, and I think the $1100 or so for the paralellogram bed helical cutter head would be a stretch, but possible. The $500 for the basic 6” model feels a lot more comfortable, but if I will be less frustrated with a paralellogram/standard cutter or standard bed/helical cutter ($800) I could probably swing that.
-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.