I've been using an Inca 8" jointer for 20 years. I'm now ready to move to a
jointer with a longer bed, as the Inca's bed is only 36" long. I initially
looked at the Powermatic 60B 8" jointer. During my investigation I came
upon the Grizzly G0490. On Amazon.com I read a number of reviews, w/o much,
if any, dissent.
Those of you that have taken the "Grizzly plunge," have you regretted it?
Any experiences, positive or negative, that you care to share?
first is that the chinese have the jointer down pretty well. it's a
simple machine from an old design that has been copied a gazillion
times by everybody and his kid sister. the engineering is, hmmm....
mature. a griz jointer should be a perfectly fine piece of equipment.
second is that for the same or perhaps even a bit less money you can
probably find an older american made jointer.
Two observations - one first hand, one second hand.
1) I have owned a Grizzly 1023S cabinet saw for about 6 years and love it.
I am very happy with the machine and smaller Griz equipment I own.
2) My son-in-law owns several Grizzly floor tools including an 8" jointer,
floor-stand drill press and one of their bigger surface planers (might be a
G0453, but not sure.) He has had very good experiences with all. The 8"
jointer is a long-bed and he has owned it about 3-4 years (not spiral
cutters - G0500??). It is a first class machine and Fine Woodworking
magazine rated it very well.
We both have had good luck with their delivery service. Have had no need
for other follow up service.
I have an 8" Grizzly jointer, purchased just before the spiral carbide
insert cutterheads became in vogue. I am happy with the beast, but I
regret not having the carbide cutters because of the life of the
cutters and the ease of changing them over.
I've had the G0586 for a couple years now. I decided to get the spiral
cutter later if I wanted it. I've run a few project's worth through it
but haven't sharpened the blades yet. Still cuts nice. I really like
that 75 inch bed.
Had 1023 table saw for six or seven years. It's fine for a contractor
saw. More and more I wish I could put in a cab saw but the griz is
fine till I can do that. :-)
Leon, I am intrigued by both the Jet and Grizzly offerings. What concerns
me is the "Shopsmith" phenomenon, i.e. having to switch back and forth.
When I work rough wood I set up my jointer in one area of the garage, and
then set up the planer to take work from the jointer. I'm leaning toward
the Grizzly G0490 jointer, and then a separate planer. I currently have the
original Ryobi planer, and while it has been a stalwart in my shop, it's
starting to make "noise," such that it may be on its last leg.
I bought the Grizzly G0490 and the G0453 planer and both work well.
The only minor issue that I have and it pertains to both machines, is that
in the manual, there are the sections that explain how to adjust the knives
of cutterheads that are equipped with springs. No springs, they only come
with the G0454 planer, but the manual that comes with the jointer states
that springs come with it. The jointer I can do without the springs as I
use a magnetic knife setter, but the planer is another matter. I was used to
the Delta 12" planer that had the springs under the knives and that made it
very easy to put the knife jig over the knives and with knives pushed up by
springs tighten the gib bolts. Without the springs on the planer, I have to
use a feeler gauge to determine if knives were barely touching the pad of
the knife gauge. PITA. So I ordered the springs, which were out of stock,
and 3 months later they arrived. So if you order the the jointer or planer
and want to use springs to set the knives, order them with the machines.
Other then that, these are nice machines for the money. After my Delta 6"
jointer with 3/4 hp moter and splayed legs and total weight of about 200lbs,
with this jointer I can joint 6/4 wide and long stock with out moving the
jointer all over the place.
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