|Review by Ken90712||posted 02-06-2013 01:30 AM||3129 views||1 time favorited||25 comments|
Santa ( aka Blondie ) was good to me again this year. I have been using a Delta 6 inch Table Top Jointer for yrs. As most of you know that can be a challenge when doing 8 foot boards.
After a lot of research we decided on this one with the normal cutter head. Cpl buddies say the Helix can leave lines in the wood. Think this might be myth truthfully, however I can always up grade later if I feel I need to. I have been using the blade method for ever and it has worked fine for me. I thought about the Parrellogram jointer as well. We use eccentrics on our airplanes flight controls, but I have never had a problem setting up machinery.
So the negative stuff first. Boxes arrived in good shape. When I opened the wood crate with table inside it look fine. When I was cleaning the oil off there was overspray and two small blemishes in the casting, not such a big deal. When opened the Base it looked like it was dropped. When I looked inside at the motor, the 2 brackets that the motor was mounted on were bent in opposite directions, which says to me it was dropped. I took them to my press and straighten them out.
Once together and all rigged and after hrs of cleaning overspray off I got her up and running. The fence on the outfeed side of table toward the top is so slightly off square. Which says I need to shim the front dove tail.
When I called Grizzly the first guy blew me off. He said the parts were on the way but when I called a week later looking for them I found out he never did an action report or ordered the parts. Eric the 2nd rep did as he promised and sent the replacements as promised. I asked for them to be overnighted as I have already waited a week and half but they would not.
It was a deal $715 plus $150 for shipping but it could have been better. I have been thinking of buying Grizzly’s 5HP table saw but might go to another company the way they seem to be going.
The machine with all that said runs well and does great job on all the hardwoods I use. So a 3 star is the best I can give her.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"