I have the Grizzly G0500 and I really like it. It has plenty of power,
is solidly build, and with 75 inch table length and 4 cutter heads
(22,000 CPM) I don't think you can beat it's $795 price. Grizzly
delivered to my door in less than a week.
I've done 8 inch wide curly cherry and hard maple with very nice results.
I've been eyeing that jointer. Do you think that the spiral carbide
cutterhead is worth the extra $400?
Seems to me like it would be as on nearly every other powertool
carbide teeth/bits have taken over.
Yes. Mostly because of the smoothness of the cutting process. On
wide pieces, instead of a really fast bang-bang-bang you get more of a
whoosh. Plus, sharpening a jointer knife is either (1) expensive or
(2) time consuming (sometimes both). Rotating or replacing a carbide
cutter is much faster.
Your best bet is to find someone in your area who has a spiral cutter
(on any jointer) and try it out.
General makes a quality 8" as well. They make a very nice 12" if you
have the cash/space.... The biggest difference, besides the extra 4" is
the extra length of the bed. Definitely helps when milling 8' boards.
You can still establish a reference face on boards over 8" on an 8"
jointer. The technique is called "surfing." You have to be a bit
careful, but it can be done.
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