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#1 posted 09-28-2011 06:24 PM

Nice feedback. I’ve enjoyed my Grizzly 12” jointer, though I am a hobby user.

For everyone’s benefit I reformatted your screaming post into something a bit more legible:
New to woodworking , as i walked into the grizzly store , i was like wow. Look at all this stuff. They have everything. The prices are so much cheaper than other manufactures. i can purchase 2 or 3 machines for the price of a powermatic ,delta sawstop, scmi, safetyspeedcut,and others.

So I got the g1023 table saw to start. Soft cast iron. The rough cut wood i was sliding through was eating away the cast iron. A lot of backlash in hand wheel controls. Soft hardware.

Next was the g1026 shaper. Soft cast iron, soft hardware , spindle moved when locking, backlash in handwheel adj.

Had a shop shopfox 3 hp shaper too. Same problems just looked better.

Next go609x jointer soft cast iron, mojor backlash in handwheels, fence had slight twist, infeed/outfeed tables were slightly off . Went to adjust the bushings after unlocking set screws the bushings totally disintegrated. So i loaded it up and took it to grizzly. It took them a month to replace bushings and realign . As i was looking at the floor model i noticed the bushings had no place where you could put a wrench on to adjust the infeed and outfeed tables . I told the salesmen of the problem. So if you order one , make sure you ask if it has the right bushings. I did like the spiral cutterhead 100%. Enough said on that.

G1071 spindle sander is ok . soft cast iron , smaller spindles wobble. O yea, wrenches. Stamped wrenches. Am i the only one who throws them out after one use or does everyone pound them back into place with a hammer?

G0441 3 hp dust collector. I do like the dust collector. 1 problem. As i completed my ductwork i was anxious to try it out. I turned it on and noticed a strange sound. My bag sucked into the cyclone tank. %#$@ i hooked the inlet to the outlet. I couldn’t have. So i looked in the griz book to see what is wrong. If you’re going to use a garbage bag for your sawdust in the holding bin you need a sleeve that fits in it. Instead of paying their price , i went to the local tin fab shop to make me one up cheaper . So if you order the dust collector don’t forget that.

G0544 20” spiral planer. I’m ok with this for right now, but soon to be replaced . Love the spiral cutterhead. Ran a lot of hardwood through this planer with minimal problems. I rate this planer very high. Con weak motors, soft hardware. That’s enough said on this.

I read a lot of posts like grizzly vs Powermatic ,Delta, Sawstop ,so on and so on. You cannot compare any of these machines to grizzly until you have physically used them. So to the newbie. Save your money and purchase the best machinery you can buy. Your resale value will remain high. Try avoiding mail order machinery. go to your local wood working machinery dealer like Hermance machinery, JG machinery, KH machine your service will be a lot better and knowledge of problems will be solved. They have service techs that will come to your house. That beats loading up your machinery and having it delivered waiting for a month or more to get it back. Well that’s my experience with grizzly machinery. I’m ready for the beating.

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