Got ready to start a new project, wood all purchased and ready to start jointing and my old 6 inch Rockwell decided to retire. Not really interested in spending much money to get her running again so I am going to look for a new 8 inch jointer.
Not sure if I do enough to justify a helical head jointer, but it would be nice.
I would appreciate any recommendations you might have.
Yeah that is the biggest difference i see, a 30" bed vs. a 48" one. In terms of comparing to a hand planes, do I compare the 30" directly, or should I really divide than number in half to better understand the behavior? I've been going Pondering that..
I just recently bought the Griz 814, I hooked mine to 220v and there were only two complaints... #1 It's a knuckle buster in set up, but not a major problem... And #2... It's a tad loud. Other than that. It works the way it's supposed to, and it fits the space I had designated for it. I can't speak to the helical cutters, but everything I've heard and read say's they are the better cutters.... but you give up table length for a better cutter that you admit you'll use from time to time. Got a coin? Flip it!
Hi Isaac -
My first question is usually about your budget. But looks like you've set the 400-600 range. Next question is - what do you use it for? If you're just jointing short pieces, the benchtop one might suit you just fine. But in general, their beds are fairly short - making it harder to joint longer pieces. Not that it cannot be done - many people use them with success. Just be wary.
Have you looked at craiglist? There are some other options...
that's one that pops up from a quick search. I would see that in 'roughly' the same class as the other two - longer than the rikon, and maybe a tad below the Grizz but not by much. Buying used, you'd want to bring a straightedge to check the beds for coplaner and check tghe knives to see if they're usable or need to be replaced immediately.