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.
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?
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
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.
Glenn de Souza
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