What is an acceptable fit & finish for a new Grizzly G0656P 8" Jointer?

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Forum topic by MuddyDogRun posted 01-23-2011 09:53 PM 2058 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-23-2011 09:53 PM


I’ve been a lumberjocks lurker for a while, reading and appreciating the tool reviews and recently I purchased a Grizzly 8” G0656P Jointer. This is the first jointer that I have owned. I have used other jointers before but have never purchased, assembled, adjusted or maintained one before.

I just completed assembly and startup this morning and so I machined a 5/4 – 9” wide by 9’ long cherry board by first ripping it in half and using the Grizzly jointer and my Rigid 13” planer to dimension it to 4/4. The jointer seemed to perform well, in that it generally cut a smooth seemingly flat surface, however, I need to obtain some finer measuring tools, straightedges & squares to confirm this.

Regarding the jointer finish, the jointer outfeed table arrived with a 3” long scratch on the right side of the top surface. After attaching the fence to the jointer I realized that the front of the fence was in contact with the outfeed table while the rear of the fence was about 1/32” above the infeed table. The scratch appeared to be caused by the factory, by sliding the fence left to right or vice versa and the sharp corner of the fence was cutting accross the outfeed table top. The scratch depth does not seem deep but I don’t have the tools to measure. Is it reasonable to receive new equipment like this that may require me to refinish the outfeed table surface? Is it reasonable for a new jointer fence to be the way it is? Does the fence need to be fixed and should I or Grizzly resolve this? Is this just part of owning woodworking machinery?

Also, the factory supplied drive belt was of the exact length to not fit. The motor is adjustable to slide up and down but there is a point in the middle of the vertical slide range that is blocked by a welded steel support. The factory supplied drive belt would have required the motor to be located exactly where the welded steel support is. Fortunately I had a spare power twist link belt that fit within the available vertical slide range of the motor supports.

This jointer has an onboard rolling base. I installed the wheel assembly and when I am rolling the jointer the wheel assembly does not stay locked in the rolling position. It suddenly drops the jointer and the jointer slams into the floor. I do not see any adjustments to correct this. Comments?

The infeed table height adjustment handwheel has a spline channel on both the handwheel and the handwheel receiver post, but no removable spline was supplied. It seems like the handwheel should have been supplied with a permanent spline to prevent freespinning. Does this seem right?

The factory supplied knife setting gauge assembly is supposed to include two standoffs and a connector bar. Only one support was supplied.

I will next pick up a book on assembling, adjusting, maintaining and techniques for using woodworking equipment. Any suggestions? Although I have used woodworking equipment I’m now realizing that it has been rather basic use.

I recognize Grizzly to be somewhat of a value oriented line but anticipated a higher level of fit & finish. Is it typical to have these types of problems with new Grizzly or other manufacturer’s machinery ?

Comments would be appreciated.


-- MDR

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#1 posted 01-23-2011 11:49 PM

In short, the acceptable fit and finish is up to you, the purchaser. If the scratch on the outfeed table has any depth to it with raised metal in the area, it would be unacceptable IMO. Does it catch your fingernail as you drag it across? If so, it is unacceptable, if not it is. If it has raised metal, you will probably be able to sand it down flush with silicon carbide paper. The scratch will still be visible but shouldn’t impede operation.

The fence does need to be fixed to prevent further degradation of the outfeed table. It may just be a fence adjustment as it looks very similar to an old Bridgewood jointer I had years ago.

The handwheel should not freewheel and I suspect it is not a spline but a keyway. It sounds as if you are just missing the key which is just a square piece of metal probably an inch or two long. Either get Grizzly to provide the missing part or purchase it yourself at a hardware store, they don’t cost much. Make sure there is a setscrew in place to secure the handwheel to the key.

I would have the mobile base wheel fixed as it sounds useless in the current configuration. Also, they should provide a belt that actually fits the machine they sell.

The problems you describe are consistent with my experiences with Grizzly equipment purchased over a decade ago. Unfortunately, unless you are willing to spend about 3 times more for the equipment, it really doesn’t get much better. Some brands and some machines have actually surprised me on the quality to price ratio. Unfortunately, Grizzly has not been one of them. Good luck with the resolution of the problems.

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 05:22 AM

Grizzly has an excellent record of costumer servise. Why don’t you contact them. I am sure they will be able to help you with any problems. As to your expections for fit and finish only you can be the judge.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 06:08 AM

In my experience it is not typical for a machine from Grizzly to arrive like that. My experience with them has been superb and the one time I did have an issue with a delivery their customer service had a replacement prt out to me in a couple of days with no hassle or charge.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 06:29 AM

Call them customer service is really good.

-- Stacey

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