|Review by Woodbum||posted 12-17-2013 01:32 PM||2581 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I recently purchased a new Grizzly G0604ZX jointer to replace an old 6” bench top jointer. This is my last upgrade to new tools from my old original shop tools that I have been acquiring since the mid 80’s. I am trying to get all of my major and most of the minor upgrades done before my retirement in 2 years when there will be no more checks coming in every 2 weeks. I wanted the 8” version, but a 76” fence just did not fit in my small shop footprint.
Since I picked the jointer up from the Springfield MO showroom while I was there on business, I did not have any shipping issues. No freight charge, but had to pay sales tax, which was about 7 bucks cheaper than shipping. Hey! I saved enough for a 6 pack and didn’t have to worry about some freight dock bozo dropping my machine. The process was simple and easy at the counter and at the warehouse where a guy loaded the jointer with a forklift as soon as I pulled up. It was in two boxes, the stand weighed in at 100+lb and the machinery at about 250lb. The weight helped since they were in the middle of an early winter snowstorm. I had enough traction that I didn’t need the 4WD in the 8” of snow. If you have never been to a Grizzly Showroom, make it an item on your “to do” list. Talk about a kid in a candy store! I usually spend at least two hours there just looking at everything. Budget enough time, cause it will be hard to leave. But leave your checkbook and credit cards at home, or you will have to drive to the poor farm when you leave. HA!
I am not used to working with help, so unloading it and assembling it was a slight challenge but manageable. I unloaded the stand box on a 4 wheel dolly and since it was at tailgate height, teed up the long machinery box on top after dragging it to the back of the tailgate (ugh) and rolled the whole thing into the shop. I muscled the machinery onto a work table and went to work. The fit and finish were good, and all of the mounting holes lined up and there wasn’t any assembly hardware missing! The instructions said to remove the back cover from the stand, but I would also recommend removing the front cover as well, unless your arms bend at unnatural angles. The assembly instructions were simple and straightforward, and I had the whole thing put together from unloading to startup in about 90 minutes. Some of that time was spent cleaning the cosmoline like shipping protection gunk off the machinery. Some mineral spirits, and rag in the box towels did the trick, with a final light coating of dri-lube. The infeed and outfeed tables were co-planar right out of the box, and all of the controls and parts movement work smoothly. The outfeed table was set at the correct height to the cutterhead too, so there was a lot of time saved not fiddling with table adjustments. One flaw that I found was that when started, the belt hits the belt cover slightly and makes some noise. That is very minor, and a belt adjustment will probably fix that. The spiral head makes the jointer incredibly quiet, not being much louder than my bandsaw, and quieter than my TS. I edge jointed some some 4/4 pine, oak and 8/4 ash, and ran some 5” wide oak through to surface at about 1/32” stock removal and the motor did not bog down. The cutterhead guard is a little finicky to adjust, but still manageable. Even with the swiveling kick down wheel and the two fixed wheels, the beast is hard to move around. Hope I don’t have to do that very often.
I gave the Griz 4 stars, ONLY due to unknown long term reliability issues. It really deserves 5 stars at this point. The value of the product quality v cost is really good for me, something that I have come to expect based upon my other Grizzly equipment purchases; which after several years would all get a 5 star rating. Plus their customer service is very good. It is a quality piece of machinery at a fair price, and the spiral cutterhead makes it an exceptional value at $1025. It even came with 5 extra cutterhead inserts. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a quality jointer for a fair price. If you are looking for good equipment at fair prices, and long term reliability, you owe it to yourself to check out Grizzly for large stationary machinery. They have a lot of small stuff too, but I can’t attest to the quality of everything they sell, but I have been very pleased with all of my Grizzly purchases. Check em out on line, or get a hard copy catalog that you will spend a lot of time perusing like we did as kids with the old Sears and Roebuck catalogs.
-- Improvidus, Apto quod Victum-- Improvise, Adapt, Overcome