The New Tool - Grizzly Lathe G0462 #2: Arrived and assembled

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Blog entry by IowaWoodcrafter posted 04-23-2008 06:13 AM 5938 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I ordered the lathe on Saturday and received a call from the shipping company on Tuesday, talk about fast service! The delivery actually took place on Thursday due to the shipping companies truck routes. The shipping company was Saia. I had to have lift gate service because the lathe was being delivered to my home. The driver was nice enough to drop the pallete in my garage instead of leaving it on the street.

I was so busy assembling the lathe that I forgot to take pictures. I didn’t have any help so I had to assemble it solo. To assemble it the headstock, tool rest and tailstock were all moved to one end of the lathe. I propped the other end on a jig, (note to self, that was dangerous, don’t do it again). The leg for that end was then tipped to match the angle of the lathe bed and then screwed on. Next the tailstock, tool rest and headstock were moved to the end attached to the leg. The other leg was set next to legless end of the bed. The bed was then lifted and placed on the leg, aligned and screwed on. Although I was able to do this I would not recommend any one else do it, my back still hurts from all that heavy lifting.

Once assembled I moved the tailstock next to the headstock to check the alignment of the two centers. The tailstock is slightly lower than the headstock. I wrote to Grizzly to find out how to fix this issue. They suggested that the tailstock be shimmed. To shim it they suggested using aluminium from a pop can attached using spray adhesive. I haven’t done this yet so I’ll let you know how this goes.

See the pictures below.

Shipping boxes:

Assembled Lathe:

Alignment of centers:

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-23-2008 12:16 PM

Hi Owen,

This is a nice lathe. You are going to have some fun once you get it up and running. I will be looking forward to a review on this one. I have a lathe on my wish list and this looks like a good one for me.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-23-2008 01:51 PM

I am excited for you. Warning, once the wood is mounted and the shavings start to fly, you may be addicted from that point on.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-23-2008 01:51 PM

Really a nice looking lathe. Much better than the one I bought from Harber freight. The body is much, much more sturdy. I screwed mine down to a table to help with the mounting stability . Hope it will be a good one for you.

-- JJohn

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 04-23-2008 03:22 PM

My envy meter just spiked!

I hope the shim action works out ok.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#5 posted 04-23-2008 04:18 PM

I think I would spend $7 at at an auto parts store and get a feeler gauge. Take it apart and use that for the
shims. It’s steel so it won’t wear like aluminum. Plus you get .001 adjustments. Being off .001 side to side
won’t be that big a deal either.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#6 posted 04-23-2008 05:14 PM

I think I would write to Grizzly and ask them for a tailstock that fit my new lathe…. just my 2 cents. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 07-10-2008 03:05 AM

I have the same lathe. I bought it last year. Good deal. My only negative opinion is the tailstock not that great. There are adjustments that have to be just right to operate and then the bolts slip when using the lathe. Within the first two months the motor went dead. Grizzly shipped me a new headstock and everything. I gave them mine and changed one lever, very quick changeover. If you look at the prices of the other lathes the only other wood lathe I might haved purchased was the Jet JWL1236. (Better tailstock plus it has a through hole.) All in all good lathe for the money, but very bad tailstock. I don’t think this one will be out very long. You get what you pay for.

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