I'm about to purchase a jointer, but can't decide between a Grizzly G0500
and the Delta DJ-20. I expect to purchase one or the other from Amazon in
the next week or so. I want a quality machine but also would like good
value. At Amazon, the Grizzly is $775 while the DJ-20 is $1,263 (a whopping
$500 extra). Both have free shippiong and a $50 promotional discount. Is
the Grizzly really as sweet of a machine that I hear several folks tout. It
has the 4 bade cutter and price going for it. The Delta speaks for itself
for quality and better resale. So what do you folks think?
Do a google groups search for recent posts concerning Delta's current
quality control. I don't own any Delta equipment so I can't comment
from personal experience, but I do own the G0500, and the 1023SL
tablesaw. I hated the fence on the saw, but have no complaints at all
about the jointer. Mine has flat beds, flat fence, runs smooth, and no
missing parts upon delivery. Spend the extra $500 on some wood,
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I have a DJ-20 and looked at the Grizz several times before purchase.
Why the DJ-20 for me? Parallelograms and the infeed table! The
movement of a DJ series jointer bed is head and shoulders above
anything that runs in dovetailed ways.
My DJ-20 arrived missing a belt, guard, push blocks, and some screws.
I received them about two weeks after calling Delta. Grizzly
equipment has also been known to arrive with problems or damage.
You payz your money...
I bought a DJ-20 last fall, paid about the same, thought long and hard
about the Griz (having owned Griz products in the past) and went with
Delta. I figured better resale (for my estate, as I am never selling
it), infeed bed, and better table adjustment as noted in another
response. I did not see a major advantage to the 4 blade design of the
Griz in terms of result when the wood hits the jointer(but I never
owned a 4 knife jointer either, and logic says you get a better
finish), only increased cost in sharpening the knives. My experience
with Griz is hit or miss, in that if you get a good one, its as good
as anyone elses' product, but if you get one with a few "issues" its a
PITA to get them right, which Griz eventually does but I simply did
not have time for the potential pain and the inevitable hole
misalignment, filing down edges, general tune-up type of tweaking
which you have to expect with a lower-priced unit from Griz, Reliant,
General International, Sunhill or whatever, whether its a blurfl or
jointer. But then again, Delta is not perfect either and that's why I
bought from a local dealer just in case I needed some support. I
figured the extra $500 is negligible over the useful life of the
machine, e.g., over the 20 years I hope to be around to use it the
incremental cost is 50 cents a week. By the way, the local dealer was
careful with delivery, crate and boxes intact, all the parts, superior
fit and finish and ran true after minor setup. I have face jointed
about 500 board feet of hard maple, cherry and poplar so far with very
satisfactory results. I highly recommend the mobile base they sell if
you go with delta. Either one you buy, get a buddy to help with
unpacking and assembly as the cast iron is heavier than you ever
imagined. I'm sure you will make the right decision.
I bought my DJ20 at the same time as Barry. I did get the pulley guard cover
and pushbocks. But I did not get a properly machined support for the fence.
It keeps riding upand not stay flush with the outfeed table when I try to
tighten it. Delta is shipping me a new one. I was reading a thread over on
woodnet and a guy just picked up a DG20 with a damaged outfeed table. It is
frustrating and I definitely will consider General or Grizzly in the future.
On the other hand the support from Delta was pleasant and very prompt. I
have had issues with them in the past on a contractor table saw. I contacted
them several months after the inital problem and they stepped up and
resolved the problem.
As mad as I've been at Delta lately, let me reinforce the following:
The DJ 15-20-30 series jointers are quite different from most other
consumer and small shop machines. I really don't think I would have
spent the money on one if I hadn't used a 20 and a 30. They really
are that different from many others.
Update: Reading the fine print, Amazon is just the store front for Grizzly,
so no $50 discount nor free shipping on the G0500. Grizzly charges $78
shipping. So the cost difference is significantly reduced from ~$500 to
$347. (Griz $775+78=$853). (Delta $1,250 - 50 =$1,200) The Delta keeps
looking better and better.
I'm sure you won't be disapointed, its a fine machine. One tip though,
Before you mount the jointer to the base flip the base over and break
loose the motor mount bolts. The factory can tighten them way too
tight and it can be a knuckle buster to loosen them after assembly.
Enjoy your new tool.
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I have a DJ20 and love it. The table is extra long and that's
important when truing up long boards. I've checked it for square the
past 8 years and it is always right-on. The downside is that this
sucker is heavy--two strong men to lift it onto the base. But for
stationary tools, heavy is a good thing.
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