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The author selected 11 commonly available 8-in. jointers ranging in price from $650 to $1,350, all with either a 1-1/2-hp or 2-hp motor, and evaluated the beds, tables, fences, knives, and ease of making adjustments for each.
One of three models tested that has four knives in the cutterhead instead of three, the Grizzly has dead-flat and perfectly aligned tables, and the knives arrived sharp and ready to go. The table-locking lever is sturdy and comfortable, and the fence-locking mechanism is on top of the machine rather than in back where it could slip.
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