I'm thinking of getting an 8" jointer, I want one with QC knives. I don't
see many out there with that option. The only one I saw with QC was the 6"
Powermatic 54A. Anyone have any good or bad experiences to share?
I've got the 54A and can definitely vouch for the quality and
precision of Powermatic. I would have went for the 8" version except
the tool had to be carried down a basement staircase with a jog in it.
(having a 6" forced me to acquire handplane skills for the few times I
needed to flatten a wider board, which is a good thing) I haven't had
to change knives yet so I can't speak about the QC feature. Whatever
you get make sure it's a long bed.
If you are willing to pay a preminum for quick-change, Why not consider the
one of the spiral models models with the 4-sided carbide cutters that you
rotate for a fresh edge. This is arguably a better solution to problem that
quick-change cutters solve.
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I love my DJ-20, but sorry, no QC knives. I've also seen some bigger,
parallelogram Grizz machines locally that were well liked.
I find that a $30 magnetic dial indicator makes knife changes a simple
10 minute process. Smoothing the retainer bolt heads with a file
removes lots of frustration.
Just put the knife in with the jib screws lowered, lightly snug the
retainers, raise each end of the knife to a measured distance (from the
cutterhead, not the table), and tighten the retainers. Do the same,
using the same measurement, for the other two knives. If you check
measurement before removing the old knives, you may not even have to
touch the outfeed table. It takes more time to get out and put away the
tools than to do it, seriously!
Now if I could find a spiral cutterhead on the road shoulder... <G>
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