I'm itching to upgrade from my current delta 6" jointer to an 8" model. The problem I'm facing is that there are too many choices!
I've looked at the Grizzly's and there are a couple I like - all under $1,300 delivered and I can go either with parallelogram tables or spiral cutter heads. I looked at these machines when I was in PA and they were impressive. The spiral head facinates me but there have been mixed reviews on the surface it produces.
For a little bit more I can move to a Steel City machine. Right now Woodcraft is giving 15% off on all Powermatic and Jet tools. The Powermatic would still be out of reach, but a couple of the Jet machines would fall into my affordability range.
Lastly, there is the used market and right now there are two used DJ-20's for sale in Sparks, NV - about an 8 1/2 hour drive. It would cost me around $300 to go pick one up. They're up for $1,000 even plus my transportation costs. Unfortunately, there's no telling what condition they're in till I get there.
I've given some thought to the combination machines but the length of the bed worries me. One reason to go to the 8" model is to move up to a 72' - 80" bed.
I know there are some die hard Grizzly people here and some DJ-20 devotees. No problem, I'd like to hear your opinions even though you may have a bias. Also, is there some machine I have not considered that you believe to be a major player?