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Forum topic by Rob posted 04-29-2015 04:59 AM 1468 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2015 04:59 AM

I’ve started looking at new 8” jointers but so far it seems Grizzly is the only game in town that runs for $1000 or less, and although I already own a couple Grizzly tools I’m not particularly impressed with some of the reviews here on LJ. Is there any other 8” jointer I can buy new for around $1000 which I’m overlooking?

I know a lot of people will suggest buying used, but that’s just not practical. I know a great deal will pop up the day after I buy something, but I can’t wait forever and I’ve already spent the past year monitoring craigslist with no luck. The only 8” or larger machines that are reasonably-priced within a few hundred miles from me are more expensive than new once I factor in the gas and driving time.

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#1 posted 04-29-2015 10:51 AM

I’m in the same boat. If you find something let me know. Jointers in that size are hard to come by used here too. A number of 6”, a few 12s and even some 16s, but haven’t seen an 8” in a long time.

The only other ones out there near $1k are the shopfox, which is really a grizzly in an off white paint. I have also been looking at the Jet 8”, mainly because it is shorter (66” vs 76”) and that will work MUCH better in my shop. But it is $1400, shipping included. I’m hoping it goes on sale around Fathers day or something. If I could get it 15% off like they have some of their tool sales it is only about $150 more than the Grizzly parallelogram model with shipping.

-Brian

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 04-29-2015 11:15 AM

The Jet when they have a sale is the only one I know that comes close. I’ve had one for about 15 years, and it’s a good enough jointer. It wouldn’t be my first choice today (the jointer market was a little different 15 years ago) but still a good value.

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#3 posted 04-29-2015 05:06 PM

What would be your first choice today?

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#4 posted 04-29-2015 05:26 PM

Oops, thought I had posted this already but I have the same question as bbasiaga.

Fred, what is it about the Jet that would make it not your first choice now? What would be your first choice, and why?

FWIW, I am also budgeting to upgrade to a Shelix cutterhead if I go with the Grizzly, simply because it’s about the same price to buy the Grizzly and Shelix cutterhead separately, and the Shelix head gave better results than Grizzly’s spiral cutterhead when one of the magazines did a side-by-side comparison. So I guess my actual target budget is closer to $1300 for an 8” jointer with a helical cutterhead.

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#5 posted 04-29-2015 07:58 PM

The tables on the jet are 66”, at the time I bought it that was pretty much the standard and those with longer table were seriously premium priced. I’m not sure which one I would get today, but it would have longer tables. The other thing that kind of bothered me with the jet is that the finish just wasn’t what I expected. The castings are very rough, the paint had chips (it actually came with a bit of touch up paint, but it was in can that looked like it had been fished out of the trash). Maybe most of the other jointers would have been comparable (again, at the time) but the Delta had reported problems with the fence and I was avoiding it. The PM really looked nice but was quite a bit higher. I hadn’t really considered the Grizzly units, though I have no problem with them and can’t remember why I didn’t give them a looksee. Today my choice might be a PM or one of the Grizzly models, and it would have longer tables than mine. But all things considered, mine works real well and the only problem I’ve had was a blown cap on the motor; Jet Fed Exed me a new one. So I won’t be replacing it with another 8”, but if I find a deal on a 12” one it will go.

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#6 posted 04-30-2015 12:04 AM

Rob & Brian, I have the G0490X and am very happy with it. When they first came out there were some issues with this model but I think those have been resolved. The downside is that it isn’t available for immediate shipment even though it is on sale. :/

-- Art

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#7 posted 04-30-2015 12:11 AM

I would not be afraid of using a grizzly cutterhead over the shelix model.
One magazine rated it better, but there have been other reviews that showed no difference between the cutterheads.
Even if costs are the same, to upgrade to the shelix, don’t forget to factor in the labor and for some people, the headache I have read about when changing out cutterheads.

I have a grizzly planer with the spiral cutterhead and it leaves the cut smooth enough, sanding is almost optional.

I am looking at their 12” jointer with the spiral head. Just not sure if I want the longer bed or the shorter.

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#8 posted 04-30-2015 05:32 AM

I’ve been shopping for the last 6 months for an 8in jointer. I decided on the Grizzly G0586. I am convinced I made an excellent choice. It is well constructed, finished and powered. The documentation and packaging are also excellent. If you want flat, straight, square and true stock …look no further. Good job Grizzly!

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#9 posted 04-30-2015 05:46 AM

Art, yeah, it seems all of their 8” jointers are on backorder. Does anyone know how long it usually takes Grizzly to fulfill an order for a backordered jointer?

AZWoody, thanks, good to know.

Nicoli, I’m just going to assume you’re full of BS since the G0586 was discontinued and you’re trying to push that Ted’s Woodworking scam.

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