This article is from the Woodworking FAQ Collection 3, by multiple authors.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Wilson)
Date: 6 May 92 21:59:30 GMT
In article <POLLACK.92May6172652@dendrite.cis.ohio-state.edu> email@example.com writes:
>I was at Edco, a columbus-based Enco distributer today, and it seems
>that Enco has transfered production of its 6" jointer to a new chinese
>manufacturer, with much higher quality steel castings, and a new
>design for a jointer fence, bismeyer-inspired, attached only on the
>right with a heavy sliding trunnion.
>since at $260 its more than $100 cheaper than the grizzley, in its newer
>polished version it might be competitive.
I think a review in FWW (or some other mag but I recall it as FWW)
a couple of years ago said to avoid the fences attached at the end if
possible. That always seemed reasonable to me since attachment in the
middle is gives only half the lever arm to wiggle the fence at the
ends compared to the worse end on the other kind. Attachment in the
middle also attaches it to the "guts" of the jointer rather than one
of the tables. I have never looked closely but I would assume if
attached to the infeed table, which is lower than the outfeed by a
variable amount, a fence has to have some open space at the lower edge
between it and the outfeed table.
In any case I have the Grizzly and love it. My Enco drill press is not
bad but not as nice as my Grizzly tools.