8" Jointer - Paralleogram or Not?

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Blog entry by woodmaker posted 08-16-2013 04:42 PM 889 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hmm, I’m in the market for a new 8” jointer (wife is willing- Love that woman!) and I was wondering what are the pro’s and cons of having Paralleogram tables vs sliding dovetailed key arrangment?

Also lever adjustments any better (or worse) than having the hand crank wheels?

I’m leaning heavy towards the Grizzly G0490X.

Thanks in Advance yall

-- Mike

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#1 posted 08-16-2013 05:03 PM

I think you have the right idea with the GO490. I have the Delta DJ-20, which is nearly identical. My last jointer was a Jet 6” model, and the tables seemed to move out of coplanar over time.
I loaded the Delta parallelogram jointer into my trailer with a forklift. The jointer was hanging by straps that were hooked around the infeed / outfeed tables. I figured I would have some alignment work to do once I got it in the shop. To my surprise the beds were coplanar to within .002” or less.
I now have every confidence that the beds will stay put while jointing large heavy boards.

As far as the levers vs. wheels debate, it is a non-issue. I have had both styles and they both work fine. I usually just set the cut for 1/16” and forget it. The outfeed table only gets adjusted with a knife change.

You will love the extra cutting capacity, and that long infeed table is great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 08-16-2013 05:33 PM

I have the G0490X and like it. I had a problem with the height adjustment lever on one side coming apart during shipment and it was a bear getting it back together. Their support people were great and even offered to just replace it. This thing was so easy to setup and get everything square and true. First jointer ive owned and I really like it. The only thing that I did not like are the motor mounts, it seems like the mounts / cabinet should be a bit more heavy duty. That motor is a beast. I wish the height adjustment had a micro adjust.

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 04:25 PM

Thanks for the response yall.

Only two, but I’ll take them.

I’m going Grizzly G0490x for sure, be my first spiral head anything, but I dread setting jointer knifes.

-- Mike

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