Grizzly Jointer G1182Z

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Blog entry by Pete posted 12-27-2012 05:29 AM 7526 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been looking for a jointer for some time now, wanting a quality product on a budget. I’ve nibbled and sniffed a few, but just couldn’t pull the trigger (sorry for mixing metaphors, for those who care about such things…).

This past weekend I finally did. I was going to post the question of how I did, but the realized it doesn’t matter. I know how much I spent and I’m at peace with it.

In the way of details, I bought a 10 year old Grizzly 6” z series. It has some surface rust, but no pitting. A significant amount of rust on the fence adjustment mechanism. The motor is sound. Probably will buy a new belt, but the bearings sound good.

Having never done any restorations of any kind, I’m a little intimidated. And, I’m not really sure where to begin. I guess I’ll see what is working, replace the blades, and go from there. I think several of the bolts a frozen, so ill have to break them loose and replace them.

What am I missing?

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 06:29 AM

Not many parts to consider on a jointer. About the only thing you didn’t mention were the pulleys. Inspect them closely, as even small amounts of corrosion and/or damage can cause problems. And make sure they are installed securely. They can tend to loosen over time. Doesn’t take long for a loose pulley to futz-up a spindle/arbor.

A new v-belt, in case you didn’t know, can be bought at most any auto parts store for $5. Some might rec’d a “link-belt” from a tool supplier. I’ve tried them and think they work fine. However, I don’t personally think they perform any better than a decent v-belt and they cost 5X more.

Don’t get too over-zealous removing rust. A flat jointer bed with a patina, is better than a shiny jointer bed that is not flat. Same goes for the fence. I’ve seen people transform a decent machine into scrap metal by “restoring” them with a 60-grit belt sander. Jusy sayin’.

Grizzly is a good brand, and I’ll bet their tech support will treat you well (especially if you order some replacement parts).

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#2 posted 12-27-2012 05:56 PM

Keep us posted on your progress. Some pics too would be nice!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#3 posted 12-27-2012 08:36 PM

Tedstor, Thanks for the advice. I hadn’t thought about the pulleys. I will have to check them out.
Mike, I’ll try to get pics up…I have them, bt not sure how to post…I guess I’ll have to make an acount with photobucket or something…

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 05:48 AM

I have a very early griz 8 inch joiner and am very happy with it. Hope you well.

-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.

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