I can get a DJ-20 refurbished for $ 899 or the Shop Fox equivalent to
the Grizzly G0490 8" jointer for basically the same price.
Does anyone have experience with both and can render an opinion as to
which way to go? I was impressed with the Shop Fox, but have no
experience. The DJ-20 has a long positive experience.
I have been a died in the wool delta fan for a long time. I have
recently purchased the shop fox molder and the 15 inch planer. I am
very happy with the quailty and workability of these machines. I have
not seen any less quailty in the shop fox line so far. What would Norm
Here is something to think about. First, I am also a Delta fan/owner
(all of my big tools are Delta x5 stuff and I really enjoy working
with my DJ20) but I have seen several demonstrations of Jet 8 inch
jointers fitted with helical head cutters and now I have "cutter
envy". Grizzly sells two different 8 inch jointers with their spiral
cutterhead for a little more than $1,000 each.
If their cutter performs as nice as the Jet this sounds like a real
Check them out before you make the plunge.
I hear you on the spiral cutter head, but I have never really had an
issue with the regular cutting heads. I cut 1/4 sawn whitel oak for
the most part.
At any rate, I decided to go with the Shop Fox. I took a straight
edge to both of them and they were both very flat. The fit and finish
on both were excellent. The cast iron on both were about as identical
as you can get. I would have to have a dial caliper and about an hour
to list any real differences. The base and electricals were where the
difference was. The DJ-20 had a pretty cheap on/off switch on the
base cabinet. It was hard to press on or off. The Shop Fox had the
switches on the pedestal and was a magnetic switch. It just appeared
that there was more effort to make the Shop Fox a quality machine. It
appeared that the Delta DJ-20 gave me the impression. "Here I am...I
am the original and I don't have to try". Since the DJ-20 is made in
China also, all you are buying is the name. Don't get me wrong...I am
impressed with the Delta name, but I paid $900 for the Shop Fox "out
the door" and it comes with a mobile base (I would have to buy one for
the Delta), the Delta was refurbished (ya, I know it should not make a
difference, but the Shop Fox is standard production with a 2yr
warranty), the Shop Fox has a magnetic switch up on a pedestal in easy
reach, the Shop Fox has a 4 blade cutter head (does that matter-who
knows) and a 3 hp motor (does that matter- I don't know if I will EVER
Now to wire the area for 220 in prep and try to figure out how to get
it down the basement without killing myself. I'll post my conclusions
when I start using it.
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