More tools in the shop #3: Grizzly jointer.

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Blog entry by Plasmon360 posted 03-26-2018 07:23 PM 1691 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Got a Grizzly 1018 heavy duty jointer for $400. It is 1.5 HP with a 3 knife system. The feed tables are 8 inch wide and 65 inch long. It was wired for 220V (can be rewired for 110V) and motor sounded normal. Came with

1) Jointer pal for setting knifes (seems never used)
2) Dispoz-a-blade holder and knives (never used)
3) Extra set of dispoz-a-blade knives (never used)

Before buying this jointer, I quickly made sure the outfeed and infeed were not warped or bowed with a straight edge. Surface rust was present. Jointed a 2 by 4, blades seemed very dull. Still took a chance and bought it as part of multitool purchase (delta unisaw, joiner, mortiser and planer)

This jointer will be replacing by 6 inch harbor frieght jointer which I got used for 90 dollars.

Tasks to get this up and running:

1) Clean the surface rust – Done.
Sprayed wd40 and scrubbed with 3m scotch brite pads. Most of the rust seems to be gone. Put Johnson’s paste wax for now. On the body used dilute simple green to remove dust.

2) Vacuum out the antique saw dust – Done.
Jointer never hooked to dust collection, ton of antique saw dust.

Here are the pics before and after cleaning.

More pictures before and after at

3) Set the fence to 90deg and lock it.
Comes with a fence that can be adjusted. I moved the fence to the farthest end and locked it. i used a digital angle guage to make sure it was 90deg on both outfeed and infeed table (see pictures above). These guages are awesome.

4) Replace blades
Before using the dispoz-a-blade system that came with the jointer, I dont know if I can flip the blades that are already installed to expose other sharp side of the blade. I am new to woodworking and I dont think I need a helical cutter at this stage. Current jointer capability is already an overkill for me.

5) Make sure outfeed and infeed tables can be adjusted
Currently the infeed table is 1/16 inch lower than the outfeed. I want to change this in future, I need to figure out how to move the tables up and down. The manual says that the two levers on the sides are for adjusting the tables. I tried moving them but they dont move, may Be I need to loosen the table locks. Hope that the dovetails are not jammed.

6) Come with a way to measure how parallel the outfeed and infeed tables are with respect to each other. Dont know how to do this, I have seen people shimming the dovetails if they are way off. need more research.

7) Make some sawdust

Am I missing anything that need to be done for this jointer? comments appreciated.

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#1 posted 04-03-2018 12:26 PM

$400 plus some elbow grease. Sounds like a great deal to me. Congrats. Now go concentrate on step #7

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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