Originally Posted by tseitz11
Ok, I guess I should have asked this a little differently. No matter which size you go with and you could only have one of the two features, would you go with the spiral head or the parallelogram tables?
About 6 months ago, I faced this exact same question. Since I live near a Grizzly store, I spent more than a few days at the store doing "research" as well as lots of drooling. I had the opportunity to ask several knowledgable employees and customers which unit they would go with and only 1 employee didn't recommend the Parallelogram unit over the spiral cutter head. The general consensus was as follows:
- can upgrade to spiral cutter head down road if determined its important or at a point if repairs need made
- the Parallelogram setup has been part of larger jointers for a long time for a reason. Much more durable and holds true better.
- the 4 cutterheads do a great job and are easy to maintain and replace as needed.
Since I'm near a Grizzly store I am able to check out their outlet clearance area frequently. When I purchased my planer they had both units in it due to both being damaged (minor scratches to paint) so they didn't pass inspection. Due to this, both units were 25% off. Once I got it home, I went through the unit (it was assembled) and verified that it was true and properly assembled. After using my G0604X 6" Parallelogram Jointer on a half dozen occasions, I will say that I love it. I've used it on mainly black walnut, red oak, and white oak and it has worked flawlessly.