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Forum topic by Woodbum posted 03-14-2013 02:02 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2013 02:02 PM

I have finally settled on buying a Grizzly GO604ZX 6” joiner with a spiral cutterhead. Even though I have heard and probably agree the old adage about regretting not buying the 8” over the 6”, the GO 490X 8” with spiral cutterhead that I wanted is just too long for my crowded shop. I am upgrading from a 6” benchtop joiner with a 24” bed. The overall bed length of the 6” is 55” and the 8” is a whopping 78” 55” is tight but doable, but I can’t use the 8” @ 78” unless I get rid of something else. The voltage is not problem since I have 220v in my shop already. The 6O4ZX comes wired for 120, but can be rewired for 240v.

My question is very specific: does anyone currently own the 6” GO604ZX or the non spiral cutterhead version, and can you tell me of your likes and dislikes? Looking forward from hearing from you if you do own one. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-14-2013 03:13 PM

I own the non spiral version, 0604X. I had a ton of issues when I purchased it (outfeed table wouldn’t raise or lower, the “lips” by the cutter head on both in and out were not ground flat) and I had to send the top right back for repairs. The whole process was kind of a mess and took a month after I purchased to work out. After it all got resolved I got it up and running and I’m now noticing that my fence SEEMS to be flat by all accounts but for the life of me I can’t get it squared to the tables properly. When I check it with my veritas straight edge it is flat but when I try to square it one side (infeed) will be square and ill check the out and there is a gap. I have yet to figure out what I’m doing wrong but I got tired of futzing with it and just used it in that state. It’s not an unusable machine but it sure makes jointing the edges frustrating after jointing the face. When I get some free time (hah) ill try to adjust it again. I also replaced the belt with a link belt which helped vibration as well and runs a bit quieter (though you have the spiral so it should run quieter off the bat).

All in all the jointing comes out great after all that, I just need to fix that fence issue and ill be really happy with it.

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#2 posted 03-14-2013 08:00 PM

Hey Matt! Thanks for the reply. So in the end, your stock is straight and flat, correct? That table problem scares me a little. This will be my third Griz stationary machine, and I very pleased with the other two, a 1023 cabinet saw and their floor model spindle sander. Hope I will be as pleased with this one, since I am not completely scared off of it yet.

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#3 posted 03-15-2013 04:08 AM

Well, yes and no :) the issue with the fence I’m having is causing about 91 or 89 degree edges to faces which is causing some gaps in my joints at the moment but because I’m not making anything super precise at the moment it hasn’t been as bothersome as it will eventually become.

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#4 posted 03-15-2013 07:11 AM

Sounds like your tables aren’t coplanar. You need to check this not only end to end but side to side. I think.

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