Long time reader and first time poster here. I’ve been having some issues with my new Grizzly 8” jointer, model G0490XW. There were a few minor issues that I called Grizzly on right off the bat (forklift dented and scraped the base, set screws missing from bushings, cracked bushing), but the thing that concerns me most is that I noticed while setting it up today that the fence is not flat. There is a vertical cup between about 2”-4” up the fence with a 0.002 gap. Also, starting at 6” from the end of both sides of the fence, the bottom corner is out between .003 and .004. When I square up just beyond the cutter head and then slide the square down the table (I have confirmed this with a 6” Starrett combo square and 6” machinist square) the gap in the bottom disappears 6” down then reappears just about 6” before the other end. I did do about 9 bf of walnut and it looks ok (basically square along board, I could see a tiny gap at one point), but it was also 6” wide, and I’m a little concerned about shorter stock.
Anyone have any thoughts? I’m inclined to send it back to Grizzly… I’ve found multiple other posts (on here, Sawmill Creek, etc) about having to swap out their fence, sometimes more than once, to get one that’s flat. On the one hand, if it’s not a big deal, I’ll keep it or maybe get it reground. On the other hand, it will probably always bug me- I plan on having this thing for a long time. On a positive note, it arrived almost 2 months earlier than expected… Thanks!
Just beyond cutter head-
At the ends-