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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 03-28-2015 10:12 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-28-2015 10:12 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer assembly weight

I may have an affordable way to get 220V power to my garage. Will see in a week or so when I get the estimate from the electrician.

If so, I was considering changing my plans for a floor standing jointer to get an 8” instead of a 6”. However I saw that they 8” models from grizzly weigh over 500lbs. While weight is good for stability, I am worried about how to assemble the thing. For those of you that have an 8” jointer, can it be assembled without some kind of shop crane or lift? And if so, can it be done without herniating something?


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#1 posted 03-29-2015 12:02 AM

Mine came already assembled except for the extensions.

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#2 posted 03-29-2015 12:03 AM

I just bought the 490 from Grizzly and assembled it myself. I used a transmission jack on one end and a floor jack on the other end to lift the table up and slide the base under it. Two reasonably fit adults could lift it, I just didn’t want to wait for someone to swing by and help. You basically have 3 heavy parts: base with motor (motor is pretty heavy), tables/cutterhead, and fence.

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#3 posted 03-29-2015 12:16 AM

I got an 8” jet off of craigslist. Took 3 people to load it in the back of my truck. Don’t think mine weighed that much though. Just took the fence and the big part that holds the fence off.

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#4 posted 03-29-2015 03:40 AM

I have moved my 8” jointer by myself in a trailer. The trailer is nice because it has a much lower deck height than a pickup. I just tipped it over on its side onto a couple pieces of cardboard then pushed it the rest of the way into the trailer. Removing was the opposite; I pulled it out most of the way then tilted it up right.

For assembly you could use some blocking. Lift one side up and put a piece of blocking in then lift the other side up and put blocking in. You would never have to lift the whole weight of the tables.

The extra width of an 8” jointer is nice but it is the extra table length of an 8” jointer that I appreciate the most!

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#5 posted 03-29-2015 10:49 AM

How about a come along or block and tackle fixed to a rafter or beam?

Or a jack and cribbing under each wing?

Or 2 strong young men who could use a couple bucks?

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#6 posted 03-29-2015 11:01 AM

My 8” jointer uses a 1hp 110 volt motor. I don’t know if I have seen an 8” that can’t use 110 power. So you don’t need to wait for 220.

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#7 posted 03-29-2015 12:48 PM

I used an engine hoist to assemble mine (Jet) when we moved, piece of cake. You shouldn’t lift it by the tables, but rather put some load slings around the center casting and pick it up.

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#8 posted 03-29-2015 02:52 PM

I bought my DJ-20 lightly used and took ramps with me when I went to pick it up. I pushed it up the ramp myself and performed the reverse when I got it home. My 12” Crescent (which I later found out weighs ~1350lbs. without a motor) proved a little more difficult and almost broke my ramps sliding it out of the trailer (a little dish soap on the pressure treated ramps helped things slide better). The guy I bought it from loaded it with a Ford 555 which was much, much easier than unloading!

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