Grizzly G1018HW 8" Jointer (2005)
Background, aka "why did I choose the G1018HW":
I knew I wanted handwheels (I like the fine adjustment they provide, especially on the outfeed table) so that ruled out the level-operated G1018. There are a few things about the G0586 that are very attractive to me (75" table, nice switch location), but it also had a few things that I disliked (4 knife cutterhead, the space needed for those long tables, and it was backordered for several months). Complicating matters further, Wilke reduced the 8" Yorkie to $549, but the loooooong fence tube on that model presented some space problems in my shop. So the G1018HW won out in the end.
I'd actually rather have a 3 knife cutterhead than a 4. It's one less blade to wrestle with when setting the height, it's one less blade I have to buy & sharpen for a spare set, and I finish all machined surfaces with hand planes anyway so the higher cuts per minute is a moot point for me. And if you want the finer surface finish like a 4-knife cutterhead just slow down your feed rate on the final pass.
While the 75" table length of the G0586 would be nice, the G1018HW's table is still 65" long (a significant step up from my 6" jointer with 47" tables) and will easily handle a full 10' board. Since my shop is only 20' long I don't have more than 10' for infeed and outfeed space anyway, and how often does one need to joint boards longer than 10' (......never!).
Delivery & Setup:
I rarely (if ever) use my jointer for anything other than straightening lumber. So features like the rabbetting ledge, beveling edges with the fence tilted, and cutting tapers really don't get used on my jointer. For purposes of this review, I did test them out and found that the rabbetting ledge worked fine, the fence tilt is typical of all center-mounted jointer fences (IOW it's a pain in the butt to ensure precise angle settings), and tapering works fine. After those exercises I re-installed the guard, reset the fence to 90 degrees, and I expect to keep it like that for most (if not all) of my work.
© Copyright 2006 Chris Billman