This is a 12" SCMI jointer. ~83" long w/ a 4 knife cutter straight knife head (I'll would get a byrd spiral aftermarket if I buy this) I have a 2 man shop and turn out custom cabs and some furniture. Been thinking of getting a grizzly, but Ive heard too many conflicting stories. Thanks for any input
Don't know what the going rate is for a 12" machine these days, but that machine used is worth as much as a new Grizzly to me. Never cared much for their machinery. In general, (as long as it checks out on inspection), you can't go wrong with the heavy SCM stuff.
What makes you think Grizzly parts will be available for a long time? They are just an importer, and have no control over production longevity. I swore off Grizzly machines after getting a horrible bandsaw, rebuilding it for a couple of weeks, and then getting them to accept a return.
Guess I just assumed as the company has been around as long as long or longer than I have been in business. To be fair, I had a felder bandsaw and slider combo shaper. Good reputation but both machines sucked for lack of a better adjective.
I agree with Rich C. The SCMI is a far better machine - assuming it is in reasonable shape.
SCMI still has parts for some of their older things, and a jointer is so simple that you could only need bearings, belts, motor and some bolts. A machine shop at the very worst. All those are in the nearest large city. No need for one parts vendor that may or may not care about you and your machine.
Laguna was/is famous for trying to sell you a new machine if you called and wanted parts. The did not have any, and salesmen were required to answer the phones.
As I moved into better equipment over the years, I was surprised how much better the equipment ran. I loved the solid feel, the firm power, the easy adjustments and holding tolerances that better equipment gave with no effort on my part. I still love to run my big mortiser, and even the 25 yr old SCMI shaper is a joy every time.
He wants $2200 for it. I would switch out the head to a byrd (another $1300 and maybe a day of labor) and wire for 3 phase plug which the scmi is. The griz is $3070. w/spiral head 1 PH.
$3500 plus a day labor scmi
I would take the old SCM over a grizzly any day. I to stopped buying grizzly stuff a while ago, except a small dust collector or two. Go with the SCM or keep looking for a Northfield, Yates, or Moak any of those three will last you a lifetime
Just curious why you think you would need to swap out the cutterhead? I know a lot of the hobby guys love those spiral heads, but I had one on a planer and can't say it was worth the money. Personally I would buy the machine and use it.
It's true that Grizzly makes cheaper machines, but do you really want a cheaper machine?
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