I've had the Griz G0586 for about a year now. Actually now that I've
checked, one year and two weeks. :-)
I like it. I really like it. I just ran about a hundred bf of cherry
through it today. All the while thinking to myself that long flat
eight-inch jointers are so nice.
The Yorkcraft's probably just as good. In fact I was like you, torn
between those two and Griz pulled me over just because their bed was a
little longer and they were doing an introductory sale.
Here's my thought: an eight inch width is nice, but it's the LENGTH of
the bed that really matters. From what I hear, it's possible to get a
good result for longer stock on a short bed, but I never got the hang
of it. With this jointer there's nothing to "get the hang" of. Grab
board. Push through. Done.
And since they ain't makin six inch jointers with beds as long as the
eight inch ones, I say go for that. Only reason I can think of to go
for six is if your shop is too small. And even then I'd still try to
fit an eight in there. :-)
I still think Yorkcraft and Grizzly are about the same quality. Might
have fit n finish problems, might have to talk to customer support,
item might be damaged in shipment. Chance you take when you go for
minimum dollar. I think the odds are good.
Last FWW review I recall (year or so ago, maybe???) at the time the
Yorkcraft was the identical machine as the Delta w/ white paint and a
little less in the amenities department...finish not quite as nice and
iirc, the motor on the Delta wasn't the Chiwanese although I may not be
remembering that correctly. I really don't know anything about
Yorkcraft support/parts/service/etc., if you were to need them, but
I've never heard bad of Grizzly even though I don't have firsthand
experience there, either (I'm an old-enough-old-guy I had everything
before all these outfits were even around so never had need for them)..
I second the notion of the 8" for the longer tables as well as the
extra width is handy on occasion as well.
I have had the Grizzly 1182hw for about three years now. It is a fine
machine, but if I could do it over again, I would buy an 8" version as
about once or twice a month I will need to joint a 6 1/2 or 7 inch
board. Also, I think the longer beds would be of great help.
I have the Grizzly G0593 8x75 spiral cutterhead jointer. I must say
that I almost start to cry when I face joint a board on this jointer
and then have to run the other side on the planer with a straight HSS
The finish of the cut is incredible. To boot, it doesn't matter which
end of the board you run through, against the grain or not. It still
comes out as smooth as a baby's bottom.
I just finished the other day jointing some 4/4 Cherry and every time
I face jointed a board I was just awestruck that I could get a jointer
that is such high quality for such a small price.
FWIW, the spiral cutterhead with carbide insert knives is the way to
go. Each carbide insert has four sides and can be rotated three times
when the carbide finally dulls. Plus Grizzly gives you free an extra
set of carbide inserts. Rotating the inserts is a piece of cake and
quite frankly I am glad that I don't have to mess with trying to get
the cutterhead height right as I did with my old jointer. I am so
impressed by this cutterhead that I will be replacing the HSS
cutterhead in my planer with a spiral head shortly.
The 75" table is as flat as flat can be. If it is off, I can't tell,
even after using a dial indicator. The cast iron infeed and outfeed
tables are precision ground and are just plain old beautiful to look
If you are buying new, then spend on quality and get an awesome
machine for an excellent price. I can honestly tell you that you
cannot go wrong with this machine.
Not even close. There are four spiral rows of ten carbide inserts and
Grizzly sells a ten pack for $19.95 plus shipping. So all told, a new
set of carbide inserts will probably run me about $85.00 shipped give
or take a few dollars.
Thats not a bad cost to use ratio. Carbide inserts to begin with and
four sets of cutters in one carbide insert. Plus it only takes a few
minutes to rotate to a new cutter or change the inserts.
I make sure when I'm edge jointing or face jointing that I move the
fence from side to side so that I get a uniform wear pattern.
Besides, the way I figure it, sometime in the not to distant future
when these types of jointers and planers become more popular, some
ingenious little bugger (certainly not me) will invent the cleverest
of diamond sharpening jigs for these inserts and I'll get another who
knows how many miles out of these things.
On Thu, 02 Nov 2006 03:44:49 +0100, Flex Flint
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