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Jim Savage

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01-05-2011 05:33 PM

My wife was nice enough to surprise me with a Grizzly jointer for Christmas. It will arrive in the next few days. It’s the 6” model, G0452.

A couple of questions:

Shipping – Anything I should be aware of here? I intend to pick it up at the freight terminal.

Setup – Any tricks or tips? I’ve read the manual online, and it looks straightforward, but I’m hoping one of you can warn me if there’s anything I should look out for.

Thanks, and Happy New Year to everybody.

Jim


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Eric_S

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 05:54 PM

I dont have the jointer so can’t speak on that but I have had the bandsaw freighted.

If you are picking it up at freight terminal i hope you are going to have some help.

I had them deliver my bandsaw directly to my house since I can’t fit a bandsaw in my ‘stang from freight terminal. Shipping was incredibly fast! I think 3 days total form day of purchase. He left the bandsaw on the pallet so I got a pallet out of it that I cut up for scrap wood to burn since the pallet didn’t look good at all.

The guy was nice enough to use his dolly to bring it up my driveway(hill) and into the garage so I gave him a very nice tip.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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Eric_S

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 05:56 PM

Also, make sure to thoroughly investigate the box before signing that delivery confirmation. If you sign it blindly and later have an issue its harder to prove it was shippings fault with Grizzly.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 05:59 PM

A ceiling mounted hoist sure makes getting things out of the truck easier. I picked up a 1-ton at HF for $40 that worked like a charm when I need to unload my G0690 TS.

Barring that, three close friends will work in a pinch.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 06:00 PM

I agree with Eric_S. You will need help to load and unload. Installation and setup is a breeze.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Cory

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 06:04 PM

The only part of the set up process that gave me any trouble at all was getting the belts on the pulleys. Once I got them on and aligned the rest was a piece of cake. My delivery driver took the boxes off of the truck and placed them gently on my garage floor. The boxes were destroyed, but everything inside was in perfect shape. Congrats and good luck with the set up!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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TheDane

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 06:07 PM

I have the G0452 … mine came in two large boxes on a pallet. The driver (SAIA Trucking) met me down at the intersection below my house (I have a steep driveway that he couldn’t make it up), and he helped me shuttle the two boxes into the back of my Jeep Liberty. Once up the driveway, I used a pneumatic table to unload the boxes and get them into the shop with no assistance from SWMBO.

Setup went exactly as the manual detailed it … mine came with all of the required hardware, and it took me about two hours to unpack, clean, and assemble. Mine came with a ton of the grease they apply in the factory to prevent rust on the way from the factory.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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richgreer

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 06:24 PM

Congratulations on your new jointer. I’m sure you will be very happy with it.

I had a 6” Grizzly jointer (G0604X) delivered. It came in 2 boxes. The driver and I unloaded onto my pickup in the street. I was able to unload the boxes from my pickup onto the floor near my shop by myself. I was also able to set the base in place by myself. Then I needed help. I needed someone to help me carry the “meat” of the machine into the shop and set it on the base. I also needed my friend to help me align the holes and bolt the top to the base.

FWIW – The top of the machine was heavy enough that it was beyond the capability of my wife to carry one end. I’m sure the top alone weights at least 200 pounds.

As Gerry said, there was a lot of grease to clean up. However, I don’t think it was 2000 pounds (a ton) as Gerry said.

I had no problems with getting the motor and belt in place.

I really like the pure simplicity of the Grizzly jointer. It’s a solid, dependable machine.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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TheDane

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 06:42 PM

BTW—My pneumatic table is a lifesaver … I used it to position the ‘meat’ of my jointer. For me, assembly was a one-man job.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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JJohnston

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 06:51 PM

Alternately, a simple shop crane will do the job. See my reviews for the one I used. I’ve now used this crane to set up a jointer, bandsaw, and lathe.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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VinnieP

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 06:55 PM

I have this jointer as well. It comes in two boxes. One contains the base and the other has the table. The table is pretty heavy. Once you get all the shipping grease off the setup is easy. I was able to hold the table myself but had my wife help me line up the bolt holes while i held it.

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richgreer

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 07:36 PM

Let me throw in a word of advice. On my G0604X, which is similar to yours, the discharge chute plugs up quickly if I do not have a DC connected. I don’t know for a fact that the same is true on a G0452, but I suspect that it is.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Colin

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#12 posted 01-05-2011 10:02 PM

Setup is easy but takes time and patience to do it properly. Don’t hurry up the process, make sure you are within a paper’s thickness along the entire length.

-- http://www.columbiawoodscreendoors.com

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TheDane

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#13 posted 01-05-2011 11:05 PM

Rich—You are absolutely correct … without a DC connected, the discharge chute will plug up very quickly. I run a 5hp shop vac with an Oneida Dust Deputy, and it has a h#!! of time keeping up with it (take light cuts).

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Jim Savage

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#14 posted 01-07-2011 08:45 PM

Thanks for the advice, everyone. I picked the jointer up last night and brought it home. I’m going to post a few blog entries about the experience.

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TheDane

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#15 posted 01-07-2011 10:01 PM

Jim—FWIW, if your machine is as easy to setup and performs as well as mine, you will be very pleased!

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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