Jointer - 6" PM54a or 8" G0500

I am a recreational woodworker. I started about 4 years ago with a Delta contacters saw, a Ridgid planner and a Hitachi router (table mounted). I have made several pieces with these tools; however, I am getting tired of using the router to put a straight edge on rough stock and I am considering buying a jointer, which will aslo give me the capability of face jointing.
I narrowed things down to the Powermatic 54A 6" because of the long bed and its reputation. OR The Grizzly G0500 8" because it is only $45.00 more than the Powermatic and is an 8" machine the bed is longer (75") and 4 cutter head.
So, my question to the group. With cost eliminated (they are about the same price), for a recreational woodworker what would be better in your opinions:
1) The Powermatic 54A 6" or Grizzly G0500 8"? 2) Does a recreational WW really need an 8" jointer?
Thanks, Bucc
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for the same price - get the 8" grizz.

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For jointers, all else being equal, bigger is better. Get the 8".

If you want to face joint a 2x6 from rough stock, yes. Most of the ones I get are 1/16 over, but the jointer tends to be 1/16 under, so it just barely doesn't fit.
Or even just taking the cup out of an old 1x8 prior to planing it to a thinner piece...
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I think you'll be happy either way. I have the 54A and like it a lot. There are times where I need to face joint something that is wider than 6", but it seems to be rare, and in my set up, moving the jointer around on a mobile base was important, and the 54A runs on 120V so I have the flexibility to use several outlets and locations (I only have 220V in one location in the garage/shop). If I need to joint a wider face than 6", I rip, joint, glue back together flat.
Assess your situation, and go with your gut.
Regards,
Glenn de Souza Scottsdale, Arizona

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Get the 8inch Grizzly. In the long term you will be happier with a bit more width. Also, 4 cutter heads are definitely a feature that is worth the extra cost
John

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