I've been running a 6" craftsman pro jointer now for about 5 years. While the 8" Griz woulda been nice *S*..I think you could have done alot worse with the craftsman. I'm running the original blades still. She cuts relatively smooth on hardwoods and very nice on softwoods. The fence requires the occasional "tweaking" to keep it at 90*. The decks will require a good "finish" to prevent rusting. and if you happen to drop a few drops of sweat on her,,,clean it right up and rewax right away. Mine has the on/off switch on the front panel. Not a bad place, but the one up high and behind the fence is a great way to go. I'd like to upgrade sometime to that. The one and ONLY real complaint I have is with chip collection. She will clog if you move a bit too fast and chips start popping out everywhere. You'll know when it happens *L*...I did get a 4" plate and replace the OE plate. the new plate has the opening closer to the bottom and seemed to help a good bit. If you have a long back scratcher, you wont have to remove the dust collection port everytime she clogs on you. More often than not, you have to go up to the blades to clear it out enough to work properly... As always, safety first, make sure you unplug it before doing any housekeeping....good luck...
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