I am thinking of buying a Grizzly G0634Z 12" Planer/Jointer with Spiral Cutterhead
Posted 09 May 2012 - 09:04 AM
I am thinking of buying this 12" jointer/planer. I have half of a two car garage as my shop and I really do not have space for both a jointer and a planer. I have a Grizzly table saw and I have been happy with it. I want a spiral cutting head as the carbide inserts seem to be a more Eric proof means of leveling (as opposed to knives) and from what I have read the spiral shearing action gives smoother results.
I would be interested to hear what you all think of this as I am almost ready to pull the trigger.
What do you all think?
Is a spiral cutter head worth the expense?
Will the combined nature of this machine be more painful than any human should endure?
Posted 09 May 2012 - 10:00 AM
Posted 09 May 2012 - 11:25 AM
1. Small shop.
2. Cheap way to get a wide jointer.
The only way I would replace my 10" jointer/planer combo is to get a 12" model. And the only reason I don't have a 12" model is because I don't have the space.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 05:47 AM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 08:09 AM
The combo units I worry about (and recommend against) are the ones that are under $1000.
Personally I do think a spiral/helical heads are worth paying more for. As you mentioned, cut quality, setup, and maintenance are all great reasons.
Now if you had the room, I would encourage you to go with separates. But if the space dictates a smaller foot print, you'll probably be well-served with a machine like this.
Posted 13 May 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 18 May 2012 - 06:35 AM
I am going to try to get the tables leveled and parallel this weekend, Straight edge and Una-Gauge (http://www.betterley...e/unagauge.html) to the rescue. The test firing went well
Posted 26 May 2012 - 12:05 PM
I still use my 8" Grizzly G0500 and the Dewalt DW734 on occasions, but not often. It's actually nice having the lunchbox planer when I'm batching tasks and I can have both running.
Grizzly's 12" combo machines are definitely some of their better hardware.
Good luck and let me know how you like it.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 04:15 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:04 PM
Posted 29 May 2012 - 01:22 PM
The worst part was getting it off the pallet and once that was done everything was easy.
Posted 04 August 2013 - 07:38 PM
Any follow up comments after using it for a year? I am in the process of purchasing jointer / planer or combo. I'm interested in how this turned out
Posted 07 August 2013 - 04:14 AM
I was wondering what a "shop crane" was, so I Googled it. That's what I've always heard called an "engine hoist", so I Googled "engine hoist", and sure enough it's the same thing. I have an old one that my Dad had, and it is indeed a handy thing to have.
Posted 16 August 2013 - 05:08 PM
Nben, Any follow up comments after using it for a year? I am in the process of purchasing jointer / planer or combo. I'm interested in how this turned out.
It works good, the spiral cutter head is good, and switching modes is not too bad as long as you batch your operations