|Forum topic by Marcus||posted 01-04-2013 01:35 AM||2971 views||0 times favorited||47 replies|
01-04-2013 01:35 AM
I have no other word that “awful” to sum up my first impressions of this jointer. About 6 weeks ago, I purchased a G1023RL saw, and I can not sing its praises loud enough, but its hard for me to believe that this jointer is even from the same company.
A quick note: Please do not consider this a review, just first impressions of fit and finish. I have not used the jointer or even finished putting it together, so some of the below (some) may be forgiven if its a perfect working machine.
The first thing I noticed was how bad the paint was on the unit. There are spots that were supposed to painted that were just missed, and over spray on most everything else. It was scary to see how much over spray was on the cutter head, and why it would even be painted w/ the head installed.
On other parts of the machine, the pain is just flaking off completely. The below picture shows an area about 2”x4” that is completely coming off:
The next thing I noticed was that the infeed table seems to be twisted. If you look at how it aligns on the base, you will see a bigger gap at the top than on the bottom. The other side is just the opposite.
The only other thing I did before calling it quits for the night was to take out the handwheels. These were a thing of beauty on the G1023RL, so I was excited to see them again. I believe in my first impressions of the G1023RL, I referred to them as sexy. I can only refer to these as dangerous. They have possibly the worst casting I have seen on power equipment and are not cleaned up one bit. The edges are ridgid and sharp enough that I will be cut using them.
Like I said, I may forget about this ugly beast being so ugly if it works great, but it was definitely a shocker opening up the package after putting the table saw together. I suppose I’ll give Grizzly a call tomorrow and see if this is normal and how to proceed.