I got a Grizzly 6” jointer (G0452) for Christmas. I thought I’d share my experiences so far with the shipping and setup. (I’ll post a full review after I’ve used the jointer for a while.) My thanks to all of you LJ’s who responded to my post last week asking about the shipping and setup for this jointer.
It was shipped UPS Freight, and I elected to pick it up at the terminal rather than have it delivered to the house. UPS said they could help me load it in the car if I came to the terminal, and I didn’t want to take time off work to meet a driver at my house. UPS said they were available “around the clock”, and I went one evening after work.
Grizzly said that the box with the cabinet and motor weighed 86 pounds, and the box with the bed and fence assemblies weighed 186 pounds. They also gave me the dimensions of the boxes, so I could make sure they fit in my car.
A woman working in the office at the UPS terminal helped me with the paperwork, and then she asked what was in my shipment. She said “We ship stuff for Grizzly all the time, but I’ve never known exactly what that was.”
Outside the building a UPS employee drove a forklift with the jointer (two boxes on a pallet) to the back of my car (I drive a Honda Pilot) and maneuvered the pallet right to the rear bumper. He and I then shoved the boxes off the pallet and into the back of the car.
There was minor damage to the larger box, and the UPS employee showed me where to note that on the receipt that I signed. One of the corners of the box looked a little smushed (that’s a technical term) and had a tear in it.
I moved the smaller box into my basement at home, and then I opened the larger box while it was still in the car and pulled out everything except the bed assembly. I took the fence, fence carriage, and hardware inside in separate trips. Then I had a neighbor help me carry in the bed assembly. By taking out all of the other pieces, I brought the weight of that box down by somewhere around 50 or 75 pounds. It was still heavy, but much more manageable.
Many LJ’s had warned me about the grease I would encounter. I understand and appreciate the thick grease that coats the bare metal parts of the jointer (the beds and the face of the fence). But the hardware was literally dripping with liquid. Even the hex wrenches and Allen wrenches they included for assembly were coated. I used some degreaser my wife keeps in the kitchen to clean up everything, but it was messy. (I can’t remember if grease coating was one of the plagues in the Book of Exodus, but that’s what I was thinking as I cleaned off the pieces of the jointer.)
Setup went smoothly with a few minor issues. The manual is written very clearly, but I could have used a little more detail. For instance, some of the bolts are attached with a flat washer and a lock washer. But there was no indication which of those washers went on the bolt first. (Maybe I should know that, but I don’t.) The foot pedal for the mobile base attaches to the cabinet with bolts, but there was nothing to say whether the bolts went on from the outside, or if they went on from the inside. Looking at the exploded parts diagram gave me some of these answers, but I had to guess at a few others.
The machine was well-calibrated right out of the box, except for the fence stops. The tables are very well-aligned. I don’t have a dial gauge or anything like that, but I used the straightest thing I have in the shop, a steel ruler, and the tables and fence appear very flat. The tables were also aligned with each other pretty well. I did have to set the 90-degree and 45-degree fence stops. The knives appear pretty well set.
One thing I’m wondering about is the position of the power switch. It’s on an upright above the infeed side of the jointer, similar to lots of other models of jointer. I’m sure there’s a good reason, but in my small shop I think I’ll probably be bumping into it a lot. We’ll see how that goes.
I’ve made a handful of cuts and I’m pretty impressed, although I should add that I’ve never used a jointer before. The stock I’ve run so far has come out very straight, and also very smooth. (Before I had a planer and jointer, I knew of the benefits of straight, square stock, but no one ever mentioned how smooth wood is when it’s cut on those machines. That’s been a nice bonus from having a planer and jointer).
Dust collection seems fine, although there are a few chips that end up on the beds.
As I said above, I’ll post a full review when I’ve used the machine for a while, but so far I’m very pleased.