|Review by MoreWoodPlease||posted 04-08-2010 03:08 PM||8021 views||1 time favorited||13 comments|
Grizzly 6” Jointer G0452.
Cons: As you can see in the photo, arrived damaged. The base is what was in that box, and the main damage was to the rear cover, (dented and scratched). In the main box with the head in it, the fence support was not packed well, and rolled around in the box, dinging everything, including minor scratches to the tabletop. In the base box, nothing was packed well, and everything else was dinged. The picture of the head is showing the caked axle grease that gets on everything, including clothes, and arms up to your elbow, (every time you brush up against the head, bingo; and in a small shop, you brush up against everything). I guess they are afraid of salt air during the voyage from China. The damage is of course UPS’s fault. I caught the driver before he took off, he inspected the damage, and began the claim process right there. I also called Grizzly on the spot to ask them what they wanted me to do, accept the delivery, or let the driver go. They told me to accept, and they would replace the panel. Upon assembling the Jointer, I realized that everything had some degree of scratches. A chrome hand-wheel had half the chrome scratched off. Called Grizzly, and in Grizzly form, they were great. Anything I wanted it seemed they would do. New machine, no problem, replacement parts, you got it, touch up paint, on its way. I opted for replacement parts, and touch up paint. The thought of disassembling the machine, repacking it, going through the hassle of dealing with UPS’s schedule, (taking a day off), ect. just did not seem worth returning the unit. Grizzly shipped the replacement parts the next day, and I got them less than a week later. Not too bad right? The base of the G0452 is tan, the replacement panel they sent is green. C/S thinks that replacement panels are all green. Whatever. I told C/S ill have a friend in the auto body business fix the original panel, and use the touch up paint to finish it. By itself, a dented panel is not the end of the world, but the entire machine had scratches. So I paid full price for a “scratch and dent” floor model. I can live with it, because of the “Pros” section of this review.
Pros: Almost no fine tuning right out of the box. Square edges on Cherry boards right out of the gate. The machine purrs. The controls are easy to use, and I love the placement of the On/Off switch. The integrated mobile base saved a hundred bucks on buying one. Completely enclosed dust chute, to a 4” port. Dead flat table using a Veritas straight edge. Of course minus the scratches. The best Customer Service in the industry, well I think so. I also have a G0690 Cabinet table saw from Grizzly; love that too. And the best, it was on sale for, wait for it….$399.95! What! Ya cant get that on Cragislist! I’m jointing like I stole it!
I have read on LJ that some people dislike Grizzly, and tools not made in the USA. I would love to buy a Unisaw; I simply don’t have the money. I would love a shop full of Powermatic, (are they made in the USA?), but not enough coin. Grizzly may be made in China, but the person I talked to in C/S, was American, and some of my money went to her. I sleep very well, thank you.
Thanks for reading!
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