|Forum topic by SawdustAndAnIPA||posted 09-04-2013 04:30 PM||2753 views||0 times favorited||43 replies|
09-04-2013 04:30 PM
Howdy fellow LJs,
I have relied on the LumberJocks Forum for so many great ideas and input over the last two years building out my shop that I thought I would use the recent events in my woodworking as an opportunity to share.
I first want to start by saying that I am a huge fan of Grizzly Tools. I have found them to be a great value and of very high quality. I did a lot of homework prior to choosing Grizzly. Like all of us, I wanted to stretch my dollar. Like most of us, I am a hobbyist and not a professional wood worker so the only way I am going to have an all PowerMatic shop is to win the Woodcraft Giveaway.
I started with my G0513 bandsaw. What an amazing piece of machinery for the money. That led to my 1023RL table saw; also, a great choice. And yesterday, I had the G0490X 8” Parallelogram Jointer with Spiral Head Cutter delivered. I was very excited because this unit is a behemoth! I had no shipping damage, everything was in tip-top shape as I opened my new unit. It was when I started to really look at this new Jointer out of the box that I became dismayed.
Since I have been doing business with Grizzly, a trend has been occurring. Some models of woodworking tools have Taiwan as their country of origin (my bandsaw and my tablesaw), while all of their Jointers (Polar Bear Series or their Standard Line) are all China of Origin. I almost bought a 2HP Dust Collector a couple of months ago but they discontinued it, and now all Dust Collectors that are this model are Polar Bear Only and thus China of origin. So I have refrained from buying a DC yet.
The quality controls and manufacturing of my new Jointer are very different (LOWER) than of my Taiwanese made tools. At least in regard to the finishing and powder coat. My bandsaw and table saw both have an outstanding finish and attention to detail. My new jointer on the other hand was hastily finished, run through the assembly line to be powder coat as quickly as possible and this lack of quality control absolutely shows. There are huge paint drips and runs in every corner of the base and a very large and unsightly drip running down the very center of base. These drips were not cleaned up and allowed to dry. Rather, they ran the unit through the powder coat process and now these unsightly drips are permanent. Needless to say, I was pretty upset about the finish quality of this new jointer.
My wife has since calmed me down. If I wanted a beautiful finish and paint job, I would/should of spent alot more money. Will the drips and runs in the finish affect the jointer’s ability to make straight boards or square a side? If the thing weighed a hundred pounds I would send it back. But the beast weighs more than 500 and it is more than I can muscle to re-palletize, re-box, and ship this thing back. I am not going to have tours of woodshop and only I will see these flaws. However I was spoiled by my previous Grizzly purchases and when you spend perfectly good money, you like to see it used wisely.
I only have a dust collector and a lathe left to buy for the shop. I will certainly review all of my options for these remaining purchases. I know every manufacturer is trending to China but I gotta believe someone there can identify a drip when they see one. I am calling Tech-Support today and I know Grizzly will do their best to help, after all their service has been superb. However, don’t ask me anytime soon how I like my new jointer – I will be a little raw for awhile.
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