This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Steve Strickland)
Date: 21 Dec 89 19:35:24 GMT
In article <email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org (Sieweke, Michael A) writes:
>What exactly is a motorized vs. non-motorized saw?
>I agree with you on buying quality tools. But I'm curious about how much
>difference there is between the Grizzly 6" jointer for $330 and the Delta
>6" jointer for $1000. I have seen the Delta and it is obviously well made,
>but the Grizzly looks pretty good (in the catalog). I am planning a purchase
>in the near future, for a home shop. Do you know about these tools?
>Thanks a lot.
Motorized = cutter mounted on the motor axle. Belt drives supposedly are better
since they isolate the cutter fro motor vibration somewhat, thus increasing
I myself am mulling over jointer tradeoffs. I'm not sure but I can say the
Precision is the bottom line in a jointer. It exists for this reason. Otherwise
you could plane, belt sand, saw, etc. (and some of these options do pretty
well). So if it's not precise, the jointer is mostly worthless (though it is
*fast*). Unfortunately, accuracy is difficult to assess through casual
inspection. Even more difficult to assess is how well the unit *holds* its
accuracy over a period of time. One reason to buy Delta is the confidence their
reputation instills regarding these issues.
More specifically, I suspect the $1000 delta you mention has parallelogram
table supports, whereas the Griz probably has dovetailed ways with gibs.
In the former, each table is supported on the base by two arms. All four joints
table ______________________ O O \ \ \ \ O____________________O base