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    Just need some confirmation.

    Those of you that have Grizzly tools...you like them yes?

    I just returned from a trip to Vegas where the casino's were very friendly to me. I was there for 4 days. I came home with $22 dollars more than I went down with to spend. That doesn't sound like much I know, but my initial wad was of a decent amount, so I'm going to buy some tools finally!

    Planning on getting:

    this jointer

    this planer

    this mortising machine, and the matching tenoning jig

    The only other thing I want is a band saw, but thought I'd go look locally at trying to acquire one of those. I don't plan on doing any huge thick cuts with the band saw at this point, and resawing doesn't much interest me on a grand scale..maybe sometime down the road, but I don't know.


    Opinions?
    Go ahead and run clown, with those big floppy shoes, you won't get far.

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    I have the GO555 bandsaw, GO462 wood lathe andthe H7762 heavy duty tool grinder and am very pleased with them. I even was able to modify my lathe to slow it down to 500 rpm. The bandsaw Ive cut up to 2" thick stock no problem with aa dull home depot blade and also 3/16" thick cast aluminumwith a metal cutting blade no problem. I wouldn't hesitate to buy from them again.

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    I don't own any Giz tools, but it looks as though you've made some good choices. The only thing I remember hearing less than good remarks about was the planer. Seems to me I remember a tool review rating it pretty low. Could be wrong. For a little bit more you might look into the Rigid planer - lots of great reviews on that one.
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    That planer design looks several generations old, kind of like my venerable delta 12 incher. It works pretty well, but you do have to allow for a few inches of 'snipe' at either end of the board you plane.

    I haven't shopped for a planer (Since I have the old delta), but if I was in the market for one, I'd look for one that reduces or eliminates snipe.

    It's not that big of a deal to me, so I just keep using what I got...
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    I'm with Rennie on this one. I have several grizzly tools (bandsaw, lathe, etc.), and I'm happy with them, but I went with the ridgid planer. It *is* a little more expensive, though...

    http://www.ridgid.com/Tools/13-Thick...r/EN/index.htm

    Thanks,

    Bill
    Last edited by Bill Lantry; 05-16-2009 at 04:18 PM.

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    Oh, just to be clear, I'm a grizzly fan. I've got a drill press from them (probably 12 years old) and cabinet table saw from them.. I like them both
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    Jointer - search here and elsewhere noticing the high number of 6" jointers that got swapped for 8" in short order. There are exceptions and some folks are perfectly happy with 6". You can generally find a 6" readily available, used, from someone ready to change.

    Planer - As others have said, I have read a few positive reviews on that small planer but mostly negative.

    Mortiser - I couldn't find one I liked that was less a machine than the General 75-050T. After weighing pros and cons and price, I got a Mortise Pal and have been very happy. If you really want the mortiser, the Shop Fox cousin for a very few dollars more gets good reviews.

    Tenoning Jig - I have a similar one and used it quite a bit up until I got the Mortise Pal. I still use it for bridal joints (which I like the look of).

    Just food for thought; your spending about $1085. For about $1120 you could get this jointer, this planer, and the mortise pal. I'm not saying this is what you should do. I am just showing an example of possible alternatives.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 05-16-2009 at 04:39 PM.
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    Looks like the Ridgid planer is 369, with free shipping, but they also have a factory reconditioned one for 269...wonder if its worth getting that one, or just going new.

    I thought about a 8" jointer, but the need to do something that size, I figured the 6" would be more than enough for me....I'm sure once I get it....that could change.
    Go ahead and run clown, with those big floppy shoes, you won't get far.

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    Ok settled, doing the Ridgid planer, the new one. Then, the money I was using at grizzly for a planer, I'll divert that to the band saw instead.
    Go ahead and run clown, with those big floppy shoes, you won't get far.

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    But hey, It sure sounds like you are having some fun shopping!!!
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