|Review by a1Jim||posted 11-30-2009 02:27 AM||10994 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
12” Grizzly G0609X spiral head jointer
An LJ friend asked if I could do a review on my 12”spiral head Grizzly jointer. having never reviewed a large piece of machinery before excuse me if I miss details but I’ll give it a go. I have owned my 12” jointer For about a year. When delivered I had lift gate service and a couple of small dollies made by HF rated at 1000 lbs since This jointer is rated at about 1050 lbs. It was packed well in a nice wooden crate and took some time to uncrate it and keep shifting blocks under the jointer to get the packing out from under this large piece of equipment.
After getting the packing off buy myself I left the jointer on my two little dollies and rolled it in my shop. I started the assembly and cleaning off the coating (always my least favorite part of the getting new equipment) I use lacquer thinner for bare metal and mineral spirits on painter surfaces. As II recall the assembly was minor and straight forward with out any hitches.
The finishes of the bed and surfaces were surprisingly good with a much fine surface than my Laguna band saw.
The bed and fence were straight and easy to adjust. The dust shoot is fully enclosed and seems to work well with out clogs or back up. The cutters(60 in all) are square in design made to turn if chipped, you just loosen the Allen screw and turn each cutter as needed one turn leaving two more turns to use having a total of for cutting edges per insert. Since I’ve purchased this jointer I have not had to even turn one insert once these cutters cost about $23 for 10 pack. This jointer gives clean flat cuts in even highly figured woods better than jointer I have had previously used or owned. This jointer is also much quieter than any other jointer I’ve owned or used.
This jointers bed is about 7’ long and about 13” wide. The jointer has pull out handles for adjustment of the beds, that makes it convenient and out of the way when using the jointer. I have only good things to say about this jointer,
Things that might be considered when thinking about the purchase of this jointer,
#1 it’s size , It’s big and it’s heavy. #2 it’s maximum cut is 1/8” #3 It takes a 220 20 amp breaker to run this machine. #4 to my knowledge there is not a factory made stand available (I still use my 2 HF dollies) #5 It’s expensive around $2600 with shipping( but still far less than others)
Here are the specifications
· Motor: 3 HP, 220V, single-phase
· Amps: 18
· Precision-ground cast iron table
· Table size: 12-3/4” x 83-1/2”
· Floor to table height: 31-11/16”
· Maximum depth of cut: 1/8”
· Rabbeting capacity: 3/4”
· Cutterhead diameter: 3-3/4”
· Cutterhead: Spiral with indexable carbide inserts
· Cutterhead speed: 4,950 RPM
· Power transfer: Double V-belt drive
· Switch: Magnetic with thermal overload protection
· Fence system: positive stops @±45° & 90°
· Approximate shipping weight: 1,059 lbs.
· Parallelogram table movement
· Pedestal-mounted switch controls
· Center mounted fence
· Fine handwheel control
· Infeed and outfeed tables have handwheels for convenient table height adjustment
· 5” dust port
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