Not sure the size your looking for, if your on the westcoast; look at
Sunhill. I spoke to the folks at Yorkcraft and asked them how the felt
about the Sunhill jointers. They had nothing but good things to say about
them and said they're a stepup from the Yorkcraft line, competitive with
their Bridewood line. Sunhill is backordered on the 6" but they've got a
good deal on the 8" with "blemished" tables due to moisture. I order one
last Thursday and they had it at my door this Tuesday. $850 delivered to
Los Angeles with liftgate in perfect condition.
I emailed wilkemachinery to find out what their shipping is to southeast Mo.
Only about $4. difference between their 6" and the Grizzly 1182Z. Also
noticed that the Yorkcraft has the switch mounted high like the Delta X
jointer and has the wheels built into the cabinet. Figuring 40-50 bucks for
a mobile base that brings the price to a noticable difference. I also looked
at the Craftsman 6 in. pro at Sears and wasn't to impressed. I'll post on
which one I get and how it turned out.
I have a Yorkcraft 8" jointer for about a year plus, use only three to four
times together a spare set of knife. Will trade it for a drum sander (willing to
pay difference) or sell it. Nothing wrong with it, however I need garage space
and I can do without it. I'm in Kansas City.
This YC jointer is new, I would prefer to sell ($575) or trade it locally, it
weigh at least 400 lbs (I use a 2 tons chain block to assembled the machine)
Need at least 4 strong able bodies to load it onto a truck. Not advisable to buy
without seeing and test it.
I have had the 6" Yorkcraft for about a year now and have been very happy
with it. When I purchased mine I looked at the Grizzly also and thought the
shipping would be much cheaper however there was only a small difference (to
FL). It went together pretty well, the fence works well, is easy to adjust,
and stays square. I have delt with the folks at Wilke on several occasions
and they have always been great. I would buy another. If you have the
extra $$ and the space, you may want to look at the 8" YC.
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