So, it all started many months ago, I have been wanting to replace my Delta 6” Jointer and HF 12” planer for some time. In my small shop, there is not enough room for both to fit and be available easily. Additionally, the 6” jointer width limited me to the lumber that I could pickup from the lumber dealer, the boards had to be about 6” wide, or I would have to rip them down to fit the jointer. That coupled with the fact that my planer, while ok, was not stellar and had some snipe issues.
I have been drooling over a 12” Jointer / Planer combo for some time. I was ready to drive 5 hours to the Tent sale last September, but the jointer/planer was not in stock. Resigned to wait, I have been checking the web site and ‘chatting’ with Customer Service on and off the whole time since September. There initial estimate for product availability was November. Then that changed to December. Then February 2013. The wait was killing me! I had saved up nearly 80% of the price in Gift certificates and a prepaid visa card. I was ready, if only my 12” jointer/planer would come into stock.
So, this last Monday, I was just checking the web site and VIOLA! IN-STOCK! In Muncy PA! Not believing my eyes (because its not February 2013 yet), I called to check. Indeed, Muncy PA had 1 (and only 1) in stock!
I quickly called the baby sitter and had her get the gift certificates off my desk at home and called to place the order. Well, wouldn’t you know, you cannot use 2 credit cards to place an order. Only 1. But I had a pre-paid visa and gift certificates and wanted to put the balance on a different debit card. No can do.
HMMMMMM.. If however, I purchase another Gift Certificate with the pre-paid visa, then I would only be down to needing to use 1 credit card. Ok. Place initial order for large gift certificate. Find out that has to clear and be processed before I can finalize the order for the 12” jointer /planer. Patience is required. The Customer Service rep assures me that since I have my 12” jointer / planer combo order on hold, I will indeed get the one and only one they have in stock. A bit nerve racking.
Customer Service assured me that they would process the gift certificate order and apply that to the machine order, that evening. I waited until the next morning (that seemed like an eternity), but was informed that they were still working on it. Finally, about 1 in the afternoon, the manager from Customer Service called me, we paid the remaining balance on my debit card and she assured me it would be prepped for shipment that day!
The next morning, I got an email stating that my order (remember, 12” Jointer / Planer combo with spiral head) shipped. I immediately tracked the order on the UPS LTL site and low and behold, it was in UPS’s hands (actually in a trailer, but close enough). And to top it off, it had made it from Muncy PA to Baltimore MD overnight, and would be delivered on Thursday!
Now that’s service. Ordered Monday, finalized on Tuesday, in Baltimore on Wednesday and to be Delivered Thursday (some time between 1 and 7).
So, on Thursday, I tell my boss I got to leave early. I race home, clean out the shop, move the truck and trailer out of the driveway) and wait. and Wait. Until about 5:30 pm, here comes the UPS semi. No way he is going to back that 30’ trailer in my driveway. Hmmm. Hope we can drag the pallet up the driveway somehow.
Driver is real nice, we get the HUGE crate on the lift gate (well worth the 34 bucks) and onto the street. With some solid pushing and him yanking on the pallet jack, we get it to in front of the garage! I inspect the pallet / crate and all looks good. I sign the bill of lading and off goes the UPS guy.
Here are some pics of the very large crate!
My buddy and I push the pallet / crate into the garage and stare at the 700 pound Polar Bear. The Grizzlyl G0634XP 12” Jointer / Planer combo machine.
We contemplate how to pry open the crate. Its about 10 feet long, but 24 inches wide. I decide the best way (read quickest and easiest) is to use the circular saw to cut the crate along the bottom and lift the entire top portion of the crate off. That almost works, but a diagonal brace keeps it from coming off. More circular saw action and the top is now 2 pieces that easily lift off, revealing the beast.
At this point, I’m surprised to see that the unit is nearly 100% assembled.
And that’s where it sits now as I write this. Stay tuned for more info on how I get it off the pallet, clean and set it up,
-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes