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    Which jointer?

    I'm now looking for a Jointer after picking up a Deltas Hybrid ts, a Porter Cable Miter saw and plunge router set, and a Delta 14" band saw in my quest to do woodworking when I retire...soon I hope.

    I spent more than a little time in the search section and it seems a 6" jointer is gonna leave me a bit short, so I'm leaning to wards the 8" version.

    I have narrowed it down to the Powermatic 8" which is really more than a bit more than I want to spend and the York YC8j which seems to get good reviews also.

    Seems the York is about $689 and the Powermatic is $849, the York is pushing my finances as it is, but wondering if there's any reason to get the powermatic instead?

    I'd appreciate your thoughts on this, thanks.

    I'm also looking for a used 8" unit, but they are a bit scarce.

    Al

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    Hello Al,

    I'm not going to help with your decision, rather I'm going to add more to decide to it.

    Have you looked at the Grizzly G0490 yet? This seems to me a fairly popular jointer, it has a 3 HP motor and built in mobility as well. It's price is $750.00 - somewhere in between your numbers. Here's a link to it:

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/G0490

    I'n not recommending it per se but it certainly deserves some attention in my opinion.

    Good luck!

    Larry

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    I would certainly consider the used market for an 8" jointer. Ads for them seem to appear fairly frequently. I bought my DJ-20 that way and could not be happier.

    BTW: Where can you buy a new Powermatic 8" jointer for $849?

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    I agree with Larry Cooke. Take a good look at the Grizzly GO490 before you make up your mind. There have been several threads here recently concerning this model. You might want to try a search.

    I also agree with Larry Fox. If you can find a good preowned DJ-20 at a good price that could also be a good buy. They want too much for a new one in my opinion. However Al, like you I could not find much in the used market around here.

    From a satisfied GO490 owner. Allen
    Last edited by Allen Bookout; 05-09-2006 at 1:26 AM.

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    Al
    You could also look for a used old american made machine.
    I Love My Dedicated Machines ! And My Dedicated Wife Loves Me !

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    If $$ is your driving force take a long look ar Grizzly and Wood Tek.

    You might also tale a look at the Used machine tool market.

    8" seems like a big enough jointer until you want to face joint something bigger. Then again how often will that be? Also you can always face joint that occasional big stuff with a hand plane or a router bridge.

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    Sorry, the $849 was for the 6" Powermatic, I think the 8" was about $1100 or so locally.

    I'll take a look at the Grizzly, thanks.

    Cost is a factor, but if spending a few bucks more gets me a better unit I can wait a bit, 8" is gonna be max for me as anything bigger will cost far to much for the hobby wood worker in me.
    I had originally started with a 6" and after looking into it for a bit, seems many who bought the 6" wound up wishing they had the 8".
    So at 58 I'm trying to shorten the learning curve a bit here...

    A good used Jointer would be nice, and I've seen several that looked good, except ones in Calif and the other Texas...bit fer to drive.
    I'll keep looking up to the point I actually buy one, but ya, an older Delta would be nice.
    Ya see one near Minnesota let me know will ya...

    Once again, thanks guys.

    Al

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    Just went to the Grizzly site, any reason I shouldn't consider the GO586 as its about a $100 cheaper and seems to have good specs?

    Al

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    Al,

    In every report that I have seen the GO586 owners are also very happy with their machines so I would not rule it out. However, if you need a mobil base and add that cost you are close to the GO490.

    I suppose that between the two it would just depend if you need a mobil base or not and if the parallelogram design is important enough to you to spend a couple of extra bucks.

    You will see arguments for both the dovetailway system and the parallelogram system but aside from most of those arguments I wanted the parallelogram for the onboard adjustment of the tables, if necessary, versus having to use shims.

    Allen
    Last edited by Allen Bookout; 05-09-2006 at 11:44 AM.

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    Awhile back, on one of these WW BB's, there was a thread asking what jointers people owned. As a jointer is in my future I kept track of the result for my future use. The unofficial and very unscientific results for 8" jointers were, by number of owners responding;
    1. Delta DJ-20 (8)
    2. Grizzly (5)
    3. Delta Professional (2)
    4. Powermatic (2)
    5. Woodtek (1)
    6. Jet (1)
    7. Sunhill (1)
    8. General International (1)

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    Good point on the mobile base, I am set up in the garage and all the major equiptment is on a mobile base, in case wife wants to put her car in during hail storms...

    Not sure of the difference between paralellogram and dovetail are, but if the paralellogram table is more adjustable, and it comes with a mobile base it sounds like the way to go.

    In this case more expensive sounds like cheaper in the long run...thanks.

    Thanks for the list also, no Yorks out there??

    Al

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    OK, I've spent most the day trying to come up with "the" Jointer...
    And I keep coming back to the York 8" one, it has the 5" fence, long beds, 4 cutter head, 110/220v and the wheels for adjusting the beds, which the old machinist in me likes, also it has the built in mobile base.

    The Grizzlies look nice but the cheaper one has the wheels for adjusting, long bed, only a 4" fence and is closer size/spec wise to what I'd like, the more expensive one has the 5" fence, built in mobile base and I think more power.

    Be nice to combine them, but if I had to choose, I'd lean towards the
    GO586, now....give me a few minutes and I'll probably change my mind again..

    Anyway, any problems with getting the York?
    Not much I could find for reviews, but most seem to like it.

    tia
    Al

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    Hello Al, I see you are from Minn. Have you checked on the shipping cost of the Yorkcraft - I'm not trying to talk you out of it but I was going to buy a Yorkcraft 20" planer and the shipping to Iowa was very expensive, the people were great and the machine looked good I just couldn't get myself to pay the shipping. I also have the Grizzly 490 and was impressed with it during assembly and have been VERY happy with it (although I have only run about 400ft through it). I have used powermatic, delta and jet jointers and in my opinion (yes it is worth what you paid for it ) the grizzly is a great value. Good luck. If your driving through Iowa soon I will let you test drive the Grizzly. Dave
    Last edited by Dave Bonde; 05-10-2006 at 9:28 AM.

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    Proud owner of a new Delta X5 6" here.

    If I was going 8" (and I will in 20 years after I give the 6" to my son), I'd be hard-pressed not to go with the G0490. Griz has a problem with one of the motor mounts being too weak for shipping, but I thought it was corrected with better packaging (please correct me if I'm wrong!). Not too many had problems with this machine otherwise..........

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    Al,

    I've got the Yorkie 8" jointer that I've been happy with so far.

    I did have an issue with shipping which you can read about in this thread:

    http://www.sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?t=23320

    It also lists my shipping costs. You probably won't have the lift gate problem if you're in Mpls.

    Rick


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