The jointer! I can't imagine life without it. Well I don't use the Stanly jointer plane as regularly as I do the Powermatic jointer. Especially since I installed a helical head in this bad boy. Time is money as I like to say. Grain direction? What is that. There really isn't grain direction with a spiral helical head with solid carbide inserts. I like to teach students how I learned my craft. First master the hand plane and than the machine. Learn the limitations of both. There are plenty of moments one jointer is faster than the another. But always end with a sharp plane. This is what craft is all about, a balance between machine and power.