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Thread: Looking to Upgrade; Looking for advice on a Jointer

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    Looking to Upgrade; Looking for advice on a Jointer

    I'm hoping to upgrade a few things in the shop when we go back North. I have a pretty good idea of what I want to do about a new saw and a new planer, but I could use some advice about a jointer.

    I currentlly have a Ridgid 6 incher, which I want to replace with an 8 inch unit with a helical cutter head. Grizzly has a couple, Jet has one, and Powermatic has one. The Grizzly and Jet units seem to get decent reviews, but I haven't been able to find any reviews on the Powermatic. If anyone has an opinion about any of these (or comparable units) I'd appreciate your input.

    Thanks,

    Tony
    Last edited by Tony Maio; 01-09-2013 at 02:15 PM.
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    I doubt there'll be much difference twixt the PM and the Jet, since they're both owned by the same company.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I doubt there'll be much difference twixt the PM and the Jet, since they're both owned by the same company.
    Much difference Jim you need to get your glasses checked.
    One is yellow and one is white can't you see that.
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    oh dont forget the price tags
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    Grizzly makes a pretty good Jeep carrier.
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    Sorry; I'll try later.
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    I bought a used 8" Grizzly with Spiral cutterhead. It has seen very little use but I have been happy with it so far. I have used a 6" powermatic jointer ( regular knives) in a school setting and it worked fine too. I am sure Powermatic is better than Grizzly but just don't think the extra price translates into extra performance that would justify the extra price..
    Last edited by Mohammad Madha; 01-02-2013 at 12:42 AM.
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    What Mohammad said I would be willing to bet you get better service from griz than most of the shops selling the other two as well.
    That being said if I was looking to buy I prolly would go with the jet only because I have a local shop that treats me right.
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    I'm going with the Grizzly as soon as the cash permits.
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    I have an older PM 8". Standard 3 knife head. Bought it used, and it serves me well. That said, I think any of the brands you've mentioned will be more than adequate. If you have time to buy used, watching craigslist may save you some cash, otherwise I'd buy for value among those you've considered.
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