Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Huntington Beach, California
I have a Grizzly G0634XP. Probably 8 or 10 years old. I bought it as part of the 'Introductory Pricing' for about $2250 with tax and shipping with inside delivery (Garage). It is a 12 inch Jointer Planer combination machine. This is a good machine and it has the carbide indexable cutters in the head. I don't know how it could be better. I am sure that there are other machines out there but this one is very adequate.
The current pricing with delivery inside and taxes you wont get much change from $3000. The new model has a 5 HP motor. I don't remember what the HP of mine is but the 5 HP specification surprised me.
When I was looking, I considered a Hammer and a Minimax. I saw both machines at AWFS in Las Vegas. However when I received the Grizzly I didn't do a "I wish I had bought. . ." IIRC the then cost was over $4000 for either. Plus the sales people had the attitude, "Kiss my patootie and I will go out of my way to sell you the machine." At AWFS it seemed as though if the sale was less than $100,000 they were too busy to talk to you. The really funny thing was that about 6 months later I saw one of the salesmen at "The Woodworking Show" trying to gain interest in a Rip Saw with a power feeder as an optional extra.
As for dust collection. Don't even think about using a shop vac, period. I was making some raised panels the other day. In about 2 hours I half filled a 33 gallon galvanized trash can with chips from the JP. The home made separator is on the trash can and the wood flour goes into the Jet 1½ HP Dust Collector bag. Almost 100% separation.
In furniture 1/32" is a Grand Canyon