This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: jwh@fjcnet.GOV (John Hillenbrand)
Date: 22 Dec 89 13:17:07 GMT
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com (Steve Strickland) writes:
> . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .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.
I've had a 6" grizzley jointer for about a year now. Very pleased
with the machine; a jointer is a vital tool to quickly straighten edges
of not-always-too-good wood. It was beastly heavy (about 260 lbs)
so horsing it into my shop was difficult. Assembly of the stand was
a bit frustrating (as previously noted by another owner, the holes
won't line up. The whole think was coated with cosmoline or something,
a foul-smelling tenatious preservative slime. Removing that was a
chore, and I managed to cut myself rather nastily on the blade while
trying to remove the slime. Finally had to remove the blades and
clean everything out; the blades were too high for the outfeed table
On the other hand, it only cost a bit over $1 per pound, and does a
fine job. I'd like to have the finest tools, but I'd rather have
two needed tools from the importers than only one from the big-bucks
top-quality vendors. I think you'd be happy with Grizzley. They
are also very nice on the telephone, and ship immediately; I ordered
a bench vice one Thursday morning, and it was sitting outside my
door when I got home Friday.