|Review by mart||posted 11-11-2009 09:56 PM||7702 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Late last winter i had a friend who flew down from here in Alaska to the lower 48 to pick up a truck he had purchased. He was driving it back up and was going through Washington so I had him stop by the Grizzly Warehouse to pick up a few things for me. One was the Grizzly G0656 8”x72” jointer with mobile base that they had for $795.
When my buddy arrived we backed his truck into the shop and using some pipes and a rope tackled slid the box containing the jointer table (the heaviest portion) out onto some heavy duty saw horses. It went pretty smoothly. I referred to the manual, followed the instructions and after assembling the base attached the table, switch and checked everything for level and trueness. The instructions were adequate. With that being said, I have a pretty fair mechanical aptitude so I can usually fill in the blanks when instructions tend to be sketchy. These instructions were adequate but could have been a little more detailed.
I put the 656 to work on a few small projects through the summer and was pleased with its performance. Summers in Alaska are short and other activities take priority over woodworking. Now that winter is settling in, (I plowed my drive for the first time yesterday), I have time to work on some of the projects I have in various stages of completion. One of those projects is a pair of spruce dressers for a friend of my wife. I needed to mill some wood for the top and base of the dressers so brought in several boards last week to acclimate to the shop. I shortened them up to workable lengths from the 11 feet they were originally and started face jointing. I did have to narrow several down to just under 8” as they were too wide for the jointer. Even taking a full cut, the 656 did a great job. My old delta 6” would have been groaning under the load of a full width cut (the difference I suppose between 110v and 220v). The 656 just kept cutting with no loss of power. The cuts were very smooth and snipe was nonexistent. I even ran one 11’ board that was particularly straight. It came out beautiful. The center picture indicates the rough stock I started with. The third picture is the finished stack ready to edge joint and put to use.
The mobile base is a feature I cannot say enough good about. I have fought with moving heavy equipment around the shop to accommodate one need or another and have paid for it with the scraped up floors and sore joints and muscles from over exerting. That built in mobile base and the price are the features that sold me on the Grizzly G0656.
I really couldn’t be happier with the G0656. I am sure there are some better, more powerful, and more expensive jointers out there but for the money this one is tough to beat.