Buy what you feel good about. I thought I wanted wheel adjustment
when I was shopping years ago, but I ended up buying a Powermatic 54A
which has a lever. Very easy to adjust but I really don't change
BTW, our son-in-law has one of the older (4-5 years) Grizzly long-bed,
conventional knife jointers and it is a hell of a nice machine. Even
Fine Woodworking Mag gave it an excellent review. And Grizzly wasn't
even an advertiser.
Correct but seldom used. You can do rough adjustment by moving the
handle up or down and then tightening the side locking knob. Fine
adjustment can then be done by twisting the handle. But, I can
usually get "close enough" without the fine adjustment feature. The
table slides up and down pretty smoothly.
For finer adjustments, could you easily stick a pipe on the lever and
then have the ability to adjust the lever 2" at 4' rather than .5" at 1?
You could do the same thing with a wheel, of course, but you'd be limited
in the size of the wheel. (Of course you could be limited with the
placement of the lever too.)
"The potential difference between the top and bottom of a tree is the
reason why all trees have to be grounded..." -- Bored Borg on
I have had the Grizley jointer for maybe 10 years, never a problem.
Mine has the lever adjustment for height, but I set it once and never
change it after that. So-I guess to me anyway, wheel or lever makes no
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