I recently ordered Grizzly’s G0452P Jointer for the small shop I am attempting to set up in my one-car garage. I haven’t even fully assembled it yet, so we’re a long way off from a real review, but I thought it might be useful to someone to chronicle what it’s like to order, take delivery of, and assemble a Grizzly product. I am writing this for people, like me, who’ve never had to deal with the delivery of a (for me, anyway) major piece of machinery and the associated issues like lift-gate service, and for anyone who might be curious what it’s like ordering something from Grizzly. For many of the regulars on this site, I’m sure this blog will be laughably useless, but for any people new to woodworking and thinking of setting up their first shop, I hope it might provide some value.
I ordered the jointer from Grizzly on Tuesday, June 30, and received it on Thursday, July 9. I thought this was an excellent turn around time. The jointer was on sale for $495. It shipped UPS Freight, which means it comes on the back of a semi truck. The base freight charge for the jointer was $79. Freight deliveries are used to pulling up to commercial/industrial loading docks, which means if you want it delivered to your house, you need to choose the additional “lift-gate” service, which costs $34. “Lift-gate” service means they send a special truck that has a lift on the back so the deliveryman can lower your boxes on a pallet jack down to ground level. The jointer came in two boxes, one of which would have been manageable to lift right off the back of the truck, but the other one weighed close to 200 pounds and would have been completely unmanageable without 2 or 3 friends. I also ordered a bandsaw at the same time, so I was looking at 4 boxes with a combined weight of about 520 pounds. For what it’s worth, you only have to pay the lift-gate fee once per delivery, so if you order multiple machines, it’s not an additional $34 for each one. So anyway, the total cost of the jointer delivered was $475 + $79 + $34 = $588.
UPS Freight will call you when the shipment reaches their local warehouse in your area to set up a delivery window. For some reason, their call went straight to my voicemail on Tuesday night and I didn’t notice until Wednesday. So it’s actually possible I could’ve scheduled delivery for Wednesday, for what it’s worth. I called back and they set up a window of 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. the next day. Kind of a long window, I thought, but I wanted my tools so whatever. On Thursday morning I just happened to open the tracking link for my shipment, and noticed that there it said that my window was 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thankfully, I was able to get home by about 12:15 because the truck showed up at 12:55. If I had been shooting for 1, I might’ve just missed him. Anyway, that was the only real wrinkle dealing with UPS Freight.
Having a semi truck pull up in my neighborhood to deliver my machines was exciting enough for me that I took a few pictures [Picture note: I think this blog software crops the pictures on the right side. You can see the full images if you right click and choose ‘Open Image in New Tab’]:
This one shows the lift gate:
The deliveryman was very nice and rolled the pallet right up my driveway to the edge of my garage. Three of the boxes were pristine, but one had experienced some fairly severe damage on one end:
This picture shows that the styrofoam around the fence mounting bracket had basically been pulverized and the bracket was just bouncing around in the box:
Unfortunately, it looked like it might’ve dinged my jointer table a little bit. The deliveryman just had me write something like, “Accepted pending inspection,” on the shipping manifest before I signed it. He said I had ten days to contact them if something had been damaged.
So overall, the ordering and delivery experience from Grizzly and UPS Freight was, I’d say, 4/5 stars.
I even got some free wood out of it!
Thanks for reading.