Just picked up my new Grizzly G0526 6" jointer yesterday - and have a few
observations and a couple of questions.
This is their "6th Anniversary Edition" spiral cutter head jointer (it was
my Christmas present from SWMBO - they just started receiving these items
into their warehouse). The jointer comes in 2 boxes, the first one,
weighing around 90kg, contains the jointer bed, fence and misc. parts. The
second box, weighing ~50kg, contains the base and magnetic switch arm. I
was able (with some creative swearing) to fit both boxes in the back of a
RAV4. Once home, I managed to wrestle the boxes out of the car into my
shop, and started the process "some assembly required". Once I got the
components out of the box, I spent about an hour removing all the cosmoline
(or whatever they use to keep the metal from rusting on the boat ride over).
Next was to lay out all the parts and read through the instruction manual.
While the manual is well written, there are some differences between reality
and the manual (and since this is a brand new model, I would not have
through that there would be differences). The fence is shipped unattached
from the bed - which actually makes cleaning the anti-rust gunk a lot easier
(the manual states to remove the fence to clean the sliding parts). The
base is the new whitish color, powder coated, and is very stable. I had to
call my neighbor to help me get the bed up onto the base (it only takes 3
bolts to hold it on - but you need some tiny hands to get the bolts to go
from inside the base up into the bed). The next step is to install the
v-belt, ensure the pulleys are aligned, install the dust port, install the
fence, and then the safety cutter head cover - and here is where my first
problem manifested itself. The safety cover is supposed to be installed
through a hole and make attachment to a spring-loaded device underneath the
bed - the theory is that when you push a board through, the safety cover
moves out of the way (counter-clockwise) and then springs back. However,
for the life of me, I cannot get it to function as it is supposed to. I
even took the spring device apart and cleaned and oiled it, but to no avail.
The orange safety cover pivots, but does not "spring" back to its original
position (guess I will stop by the store and talk to them - I live about 25
minutes from the Springfield, MO Grizzly showroom/warehouse).
Does anyone else have this jointer yet - and if so, did you get the safety
cover to work correctly?
Next was to install the hand wheels, the v-belt cover and mount the magnetic
switch arm. I am a bit reluctant to attempt power yet until I get the
problem with the safety cover resolved. The spiral cutter head appears to
be pretty massive, and the indexed cutter blades appear to be very easy to
rotate to a new cutting edge if they become dull or get chipped - certainly
easier than setting a blade ;-)
Included are some extras such as; 2 orange push blocks - kinda of cheap,
but hey - at least they did not come with a HCA enrollment ;-), 5 extra
cutter blades in a cute little plastic box, 5 torx drill bits sized for the
cutter blades (not sure why 5), extra cutter blade screws, and open end
wrench that has the correct mm ends for all bolts that you need to turn to
All in all it seems like a well built unit - very sturdy and attention to
detail seems pretty good - - however I will save my final analysis until I
actually run some wood through it.