|Review by gizmodyne||posted 01-31-2008 02:42 AM||6134 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Why this one
I was building my shop doors and getting frustrated with the dimensional clear redwood. I tried to make a router table style jointer with a shimmed outfeed but that did not work.
I got the go ahead for a jointer, did a little research and settled on the Grizzly. With delivery it was around $800.
I have the standard blade system though I have heard great things about the spiral cutter head.
The saw comes in two boxes. The stand is not heavy at all. The bed and motor assembly is like a battleship. I had a friend come over and help me set it up. It sits in a HTC base (rolls great)
I wired it for 220. It took some time to figure out how to tension the belt properly. You have to have one person lift the assembly, when the tension is good you bolt the thing down.
I adjusted the tables and found them to be very true. The fence is not that tall.
It does what it supposed to. I keep all of my cuts to no more than 1/16” and it performs well.
I have even used it to rabbet! Very cool feature.
The long bed is critical for jointing long stock. In general you can joint something twice as long as the bed. I have done 8 footers with no problem.
The controls are placed up high on a riser which is handy unless you need that space. (Some like to store the jointer near the tablesaw).
Great dust collection from 4” port.
Great 8” jointer. I was impressed with Grizzly’s quality at a budget (When compared to the Delta’s). I would buy again.
4 stars. Minus one star: It is just not as pretty as it could be. And the fence takes along time to crank back and forth. And it was a pain to tension that belt!
I nicked a blade on a nail, so will be changing the blades soon. (Let’s see how that goes).
Description from Grizzly site
Grizzly is pleased to introduce the newest addition to our jointer family. Check out these great features and you will know why we are so excited about it!
- Motor: 2 HP, 110V/220V, single-phase, Magnetic switch is 220V only, TEFC, 3450 RPM
- Precision ground cast iron table
- Cutterhead knives: 4 HSS
- 8” x 3/4” x 1/8”
- Cutterhead speed: 5500 RPM
- Cutterhead diameter: 3-1/16”
- Max. depth of cut: 1/8”
- Max. rabbeting depth: 1/2”
- Cuts per minute: 22,000
- Deluxe cast iron fence size:
- 38”L x 11/4”W x 4”H
- Approx. shipping weight: 480 lbs
- 9 1/4” x 75” precision ground cast iron bed – the longest on the market
- Beds slide on dovetailed ways
- Shielded & lubricated bearings
- Double V-belt drive
- Handwheel adjusted tables
- Heavy-duty center mounted fence
- Built-in dust chute
- Powder coated paint
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