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Which Grizzly jointer??

I was just on the Grizzly web site and noticed they have at least 3 6 inch jointers within $20 of each other, $375 - $395. They are:

G1182HW
G1182ZHW
G0654

Anyone have an opinion on which is the better machine? I like the mobile base built into the G0654, but not if I have to give up performance or quality.
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There's also the Ridgid model at Home Depot. With free shipping that's in the same price range.

Decisions, decisions!!
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I have the 654 and I am very happy. I love Griz's customer service too. And that to me adds huge value. It doesn't hurt that I live 1hr from their MO outlet. But still every issue I have ever had with a griz product has been fixed with minimal hassle or delay from them. They really support their product from my point of view. Ridgid...good tools...customer svc....not so much.. just my experience/ opinion
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I think I might have been looking at some out-of-date web sites. I don't think the 1182 models are even available anymore. But the 654 looked pretty good anyway.
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Oh and I forgot to add. When looking at this type of tool purchase I have learned the hard way to look at available accessories. You may not want a spiral cutter now for example but if you change your mind what's available. Jointer not that big of a deal but I screwed myself on routers and TS before. Just a thought
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I have read somewhere that spiral jointers cause lines in the wood. Then you have to either send it through a regular jointer or sand it.

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I have the G0452. Great Machine. Really like the fence. I agree with the customer service. I did have a problem with my tables and they asked me to pack it up and ship it back. They were pretty quick about sending me a new one. That one should be in the same price range too. Built in mobile base works very well.

Just checked the Grizzly site and the price went up since I bought mine. It is up to $445 plus freight.

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Buy a used Rockwell or powermatic of evilbay or criags. I just sold one for 200. myself. John
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I have read somewhere that spiral jointers cause lines in the wood. Then you have to either send it through a regular jointer or sand it.
the spiral cutterheads are remarkable at grain direction changes (most boards). the older and duller the cutters get, the more lines they leave - usually easily sanded - because the corners seem to get dull first. you do get 4 edges per cutter to rotate through. and, some woods tend to show the lines more than others, cherry i think is the worst.
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As much as it pains me to say......get an 8 inch.They are much nicer.....best,BW
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I have read somewhere that spiral jointers cause lines in the wood. Then you have to either send it through a regular jointer or sand it.
do you speak of knife marks or of lines running the length of the board?

I have a grizzly jointer and planer, both with the spiral cutter head. The jointer leaves perfect edges that do not require sanding.

The planer does leave very light knife marks, certainly much lighter than a 3 or 4-knife planer. Occasionally, there are lines running the length of the board after planing, but they are so light you can only see them in glare and sand off instantly.
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As much as it pains me to say......get an 8 inch.They are much nicer.....best,BW

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I thought about it for a few minutes, but realized my shop just isn't big enough for a beast like this. Plus there's 6 hours of driving, adding a 220 line, and figuring out a way to manhandle a 600 pound machine into and out of a minivan and down to my shop. If any of you guys are near Nashville, this might be a find.
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I thought about it for a few minutes, but realized my shop just isn't big enough for a beast like this. Plus there's 6 hours of driving, adding a 220 line, and figuring out a way to manhandle a 600 pound machine into and out of a minivan and down to my shop. If any of you guys are near Nashville, this might be a find.

220 lines can be installed by an electrician easily if you are not up to to doing it yourself. Renting a Uhaul truck with a ramp could be done to get it. That jointer is on wheels. Alternatively, you could pull a small trailer with your minivan and load the jointer in the trailer. To get it into your shop, just hire a piano mover to move it for you or take it apart and move it in two or three pieces.

As to the size of your shop, I can't help you there. Keep in mind the jointer is on wheels so can be moved around as needed.
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