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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 08-23-2010, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Craftsman Pro 1 1/2 HP 6" Jointer

Well after much deliberation, for several weeks, I decided to buy a 8" Grizzly jointer I found on Craigslist. The guy sold it the day before I called back. I wne to a fellow woodworkers shop and gave his 6" Grizzly a good look. With shipping, one of those was gonna cost me $449. I actually took a quartersawn white oak board over there to joint it( Only finished on 2 sides), since that wood I have is the primary reason for looking for a jointer. It was a very nice machine. Since the 8" Grizz was sold, I went to look at the 6" Craftsman pro. I took along a straight edge, and asquare, and my trusty board with 1 still unjointed edge. Everything looked flat, true and square, and the blades were sharp, as it jointed the other edge of the board at least as well if not better than the Grizzly. I wa able to get it for $250, which will allow me to get a planer a lot sooner than if I had splurged on the bigger jointer. Maybe things happen for a reason! I've only run a few boards thru it so far, but I'm very happy
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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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