Tools #1: G0706 12 inch Jointer with Spiral Cutterhead

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Blog entry by wasmithee posted 04-03-2011 01:44 AM 4441 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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On Thursday I took delivery of a new Grizzly G0706 jointer. Once I have finished setting it up and used it a bit, I will post a tool review. Until then, here are some photos of the delivery process. Some of you may be curious about how the ordering and delivery process works with Grizzly. I know I was.

I placed the order on Monday Morning. I had a 10% off coupon from a Woodworker’s Journal issue I received earlier this year. So the grand total came to $2,183.50 including shipping with lift gate delivery to my residence. Fortunately my home is truck accessible.

Interestingly enough I ordered a precision straight edge from Lee Valley Tools on Monday morning as well, but it is not expected to be delivered until this coming Monday. Grizzly can really get their products out fast if they have them in stock. I find it funny that a less than 5 lbs. straight edge takes a week to get here while an 840 lbs. jointer only takes 3 days. Once I get the straight edge I can adjust the tables etc.

Grizzly used UPS Freight for the delivery. The tracking information indicated that they picked up the jointer on Monday, had it in the nearest terminal on Tuesday, I was then called on Wednesday to schedule the delivery, which I could have taken in the morning if I had been available. Pretty fast.

The crate was in decent shape with only a few edge dings and some separation on the joints. Once opened, I found that one of the bolts attaching the crate to the pallet had come loose in shipment, but the jointer appears to have been unaffected in the transportation process.

I purchased a 1 ton shop crane from Harbor Freight to help with moving this and other shop machines around. I got a good deal on the crane by using a coupon code I found on the Internet (Coupon code: 10776029). I entered the coupon code on the HF website and then clicked ‘Print List for Store Visit’ and took it to my local harbor freight where they were more than happy to apply the coupon code. This allowed me to get the crane for $99. It works well enough, though you have to get creative since it needs to straddle or be beneath what it picks up.

After removing the sides of the crate I had to raise one end of the pallet using lifting straps so that I could place blocks under it. I did this on both ends which allowed me to get the shop crane underneath the pallet.

Once the pallet was high enough I was able to lift the jointer and pallet into the air which gave me sufficient access to remove the three bolts securing the jointer to the pallet.

With the bolts removed I was able to remove the pallet. I then rotated the jointer so that I could lower it between the crane’s legs. Since the cranes reach is insufficient for this the end of the jointer comes into contact with the hydraulic ram of the crane. I placed an old rag the keep the two from damaging each other too much.

I do not plan on making this dance with the crane a ritual in my shop. For now I will deal with it. I would like to find a good quality mobile base for it someday. The ones I am using on my other machines I am not terribly fond of, so I will hold out until I find one that I really like.

Here is the jointer lowered and now in position:

I used some mineral spirits to remove most of the shipping grease.

So far the only problems I have noted are:
  1. The cord is not 13’ feet as described on the site and manual, it is only ~5’ long.
  2. The out-feed table appears to be out of parallel, but I can’t be totally sure until I receive the precision straight edge I ordered. I checked it with my best level.
  3. The stop button only resets properly about 1/5 of the time. I suspect I’ll need a new button from Grizzly.

I have read that Grizzly customer service is great. It appears I will find out. I called them about the cord on Friday evening and was told they could not find a part number for it and that I need to call back on Monday to talk with a technician. I haven’t spoken to them about the stop button yet. I’ll do that on Monday.

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#1 posted 04-03-2011 02:02 AM

Wow!! What a huge machine!! If I were in your shoes, I would find a place for the jointer and leave it there!

Thanks for the detailed report on the ordering of your machine and the unpacking process. I look forward to reading your next report.

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#2 posted 04-03-2011 01:24 PM that a battleship or a jointer! That baby looks awesome! Spiral cutter head, and 12” bed..that thing is the cats ass! I am eyeballing the 8” Griz with a spiral cutter head for my shop…congrats and post more pics when you get it set up and running..


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matt garcia

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#3 posted 04-03-2011 11:11 PM

You’re gonna love that carbide cutterhead!!! I’m jealous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 04:10 PM

Are you satisfied with your purchase? I am thinking of purchasing this jointer. I would need a mobile base

-- Patrick

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#5 posted 06-12-2015 02:58 PM

It’s OK. The wood comes off great and it is quiet enough to use without ear muffs. The carbide cutters wear extremely well.

What I don’t like:
1. The lower pulley (on the motor shaft) has come loose several times. I’ve replaced it, and had it re-machined and added a steel sleeve and new keyway… I even use lock tite. Still it comes loose and gets out of balance etc. I keep the back off the machine and have the jointer far enough away from the wall so I can get to the pulley to fox it about 4 times a year.
2. The dust port clogs easily. I use a nice dust collector and still it gives me trouble. I have removed the port now and let it dump to the floor. I place the dust collector hose end at the opening and it works much better.

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#6 posted 06-13-2015 03:58 AM

I’ve also had to have Grizzly replace the power off button.

The replacement power cord they sent was also too short. I gave up on them at that point. If they can’t even measure a cable correctly…

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 12:47 PM

Is the short bed an issue? I would be putting the jointer in my two car garage. You said it was “OK” that did not seem positive. I use mostly 8/4 8”-10” wide boards. I’m hoping this would be better than my 6” grizzly jointer. Thank you for your time and opinion.


-- Patrick

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#8 posted 06-28-2015 01:19 PM

The short bed hasn’t been a big issue for me. If you routinely joint 8’ or longer boards, this jointer is not a good choice. I built a outfeed table that I can use when jointing long boards. For my use a longer bed would have been a better choice. I didn’t forsee jointing 10’ boards. However, I get by quite well with this setup.

I’ve only used this jointer in 2 car garages. If fits well. You do need to have room on each end of the jointer to accommodate the longest boards you will joint. You can’t move this beast easily so it more or less dictates how you setup your shop.

In retrospect I still would have purchased a 12” Grizzly jointer with a spiral cutting head. I would have opted for a longer bed. This is based mainly on price and function. If I had more money when I made the purchase, I would have went with a different brand. That said, I’m not looking to replace this machine any time soon. Also a decision based on cost versus relative functionality.

Hopefully I can get the pulley issue resolved for good. Then I may nor think to complain about it again. The boards come off beautiful, and the cutter head is fantastic.

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