The Griz G0500 was lovingly lowered into my garage a few days ago. A
rather considerate, knowledgeable, and strong gentleman from Fedex did
the job. No damage to crates or cartons.
I unpacked it and moved it out of the way for a few days. Had a mudroom
bench for number 3 daughter's housewarming gift that needed finishing.
I assembled it and my neighbor helped me lift the business end onto the
stand. Fit and finish were pristine and all parts were in the packages.
Had to dig out my metric wrenches out of the mechanics tool box. It
was almost ready to fly without adjustment.
Talk about smooth. Man, it's lots better than the old Craftsman. Oh, I
gave the El Muerto jointer to my neighbor. Even after explaining that
it tried to kill me. He did ask if he could get new knives from Sears.
Other than that, he's a good guy.
Congrats Jo4hn! - I have a couple of covetous questions...adjustment easy,
smooth and micro? can you tell a big difference in the beds between this one
and "El Muerto"? (thinking about an upgrade...)
Adjustments are straightforward. Fussiness depends upon the human
involved. Both tables are adjustable with wheels, which I like more
than levers. Once set at the proper level, they are locked in place.
Even the gibs are easily accessible. It comes with a blade aligning jig
which is OK I guess but I won't be throwing away the Jointer Pal any
Zeke gave me some good advice: loosen the motor mount bolts with the
stand on its side. It required a 14" breaker bar with a 19mm socket to
break them loose. Not too bad as long as you don't have to do it with
3" clearance and standing on your shoulders. As it was, aligning the
motor was a bit of a PITA but only required three bad words.
I got out a can of Johnson's paste wax and a soft towel. I applied the
wax liberally to the machined surfaces, running my hands gently to and
fro. I worked up to the edges and into every orifice: the jointer
seemed to respond. I moved the towel in ever widing cirles polishing
and protecting. My finger moved to the switch which I knew would bring
it to life. I pressed the green button. I was instantly rewarded with
the 240V motor springing to life with a purring sound. I touched the
infeed table and felt myself respond in kind. I retrieved a piece of
douglas fir and set it on the infeed table. I moved it forward gently
nudging aside the guard. It moved into the cutters and gently but
firmly shaved off a few thousandths. I firmly pushed the fir into the
innards of the beast, my heart beating ever faster. I moved quickly and
was rewarded with a burst of chips falling to the floor from the dust
collection port. I raised the board to my eyes and saw that it was
smooooooth. I pressed the red button and the machine quieted. I lit up
a celebratory walnut joint and breathed deeply.
Good piece of machinery.
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