Me and the 700 Pound Polar Bear #1: Delivery

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Blog entry by crashn posted 12-07-2012 03:59 PM 7289 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, it all started many months ago, I have been wanting to replace my Delta 6” Jointer and HF 12” planer for some time. In my small shop, there is not enough room for both to fit and be available easily. Additionally, the 6” jointer width limited me to the lumber that I could pickup from the lumber dealer, the boards had to be about 6” wide, or I would have to rip them down to fit the jointer. That coupled with the fact that my planer, while ok, was not stellar and had some snipe issues.

I have been drooling over a 12” Jointer / Planer combo for some time. I was ready to drive 5 hours to the Tent sale last September, but the jointer/planer was not in stock. Resigned to wait, I have been checking the web site and ‘chatting’ with Customer Service on and off the whole time since September. There initial estimate for product availability was November. Then that changed to December. Then February 2013. The wait was killing me! I had saved up nearly 80% of the price in Gift certificates and a prepaid visa card. I was ready, if only my 12” jointer/planer would come into stock.

So, this last Monday, I was just checking the web site and VIOLA! IN-STOCK! In Muncy PA! Not believing my eyes (because its not February 2013 yet), I called to check. Indeed, Muncy PA had 1 (and only 1) in stock!

I quickly called the baby sitter and had her get the gift certificates off my desk at home and called to place the order. Well, wouldn’t you know, you cannot use 2 credit cards to place an order. Only 1. But I had a pre-paid visa and gift certificates and wanted to put the balance on a different debit card. No can do.

HMMMMMM.. If however, I purchase another Gift Certificate with the pre-paid visa, then I would only be down to needing to use 1 credit card. Ok. Place initial order for large gift certificate. Find out that has to clear and be processed before I can finalize the order for the 12” jointer /planer. Patience is required. The Customer Service rep assures me that since I have my 12” jointer / planer combo order on hold, I will indeed get the one and only one they have in stock. A bit nerve racking.

Customer Service assured me that they would process the gift certificate order and apply that to the machine order, that evening. I waited until the next morning (that seemed like an eternity), but was informed that they were still working on it. Finally, about 1 in the afternoon, the manager from Customer Service called me, we paid the remaining balance on my debit card and she assured me it would be prepped for shipment that day!


The next morning, I got an email stating that my order (remember, 12” Jointer / Planer combo with spiral head) shipped. I immediately tracked the order on the UPS LTL site and low and behold, it was in UPS’s hands (actually in a trailer, but close enough). And to top it off, it had made it from Muncy PA to Baltimore MD overnight, and would be delivered on Thursday!

Now that’s service. Ordered Monday, finalized on Tuesday, in Baltimore on Wednesday and to be Delivered Thursday (some time between 1 and 7).

So, on Thursday, I tell my boss I got to leave early. I race home, clean out the shop, move the truck and trailer out of the driveway) and wait. and Wait. Until about 5:30 pm, here comes the UPS semi. No way he is going to back that 30’ trailer in my driveway. Hmmm. Hope we can drag the pallet up the driveway somehow.

Driver is real nice, we get the HUGE crate on the lift gate (well worth the 34 bucks) and onto the street. With some solid pushing and him yanking on the pallet jack, we get it to in front of the garage! I inspect the pallet / crate and all looks good. I sign the bill of lading and off goes the UPS guy.

Here are some pics of the very large crate!

My buddy and I push the pallet / crate into the garage and stare at the 700 pound Polar Bear. The Grizzlyl G0634XP 12” Jointer / Planer combo machine.

We contemplate how to pry open the crate. Its about 10 feet long, but 24 inches wide. I decide the best way (read quickest and easiest) is to use the circular saw to cut the crate along the bottom and lift the entire top portion of the crate off. That almost works, but a diagonal brace keeps it from coming off. More circular saw action and the top is now 2 pieces that easily lift off, revealing the beast.

At this point, I’m surprised to see that the unit is nearly 100% assembled.

And that’s where it sits now as I write this. Stay tuned for more info on how I get it off the pallet, clean and set it up,

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 04:14 PM

sweet !

and some ‘free’ (?) wood too

whats taking so long
to show us the first project

i mean it’s been 8 minuets already lol

congratulations !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 04:21 PM

Thanks patron! Yeah, this damn job thing keeps getting in the way between 7am and 5pm! I have to cut up the crate carefully to try and preserve some of the wood. It is thin, maybe 1/2 or even 3/8. I think I can salvage enough to make dividers for the 3 kitchen drawers I made last week.

I also think I will have to run up to hf tomorrow and get the mobile base. I hope it holds the 700 pounds. I just need it to slide back to the wall and out past the DC to use it. No massive rolling around the shop, just back and forth, back and forth.

That coupled with the fact that I have baby sitting duty this weekend (wife works this weekend), It may take a while to get it up and running. And I have to convert the 20amp circuit to a 30 amp also. And change the DC from 110v (the old HF DC setup), to 220, 20amp to use with my 3.5hp Thein DC. I have been using the DC and the Saw on the same 220, but the new planer will not run on the same circuit as the DC, so time for some electrical work.


-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 04:37 PM

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Raymond Thomas

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 05:08 PM

Now this is called a Prolonged Tool Gloat, if I have ever seen one.

Enjoy the beast and let’s see the fruits of labor out of it soon!

-- Raymond, Charlotte, NC -------- Demonstrate the difference!

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#5 posted 12-07-2012 05:56 PM

Now that’s what I call a Christmas present. Have fun.

-- Bryan

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#6 posted 12-07-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks everyone.
TorqNut – yes, kinda a tool gloat. But also my first attempt at blogging. While I work with computers every day (my day job), I have never been one to be much into social media and posting information on the internet. But, I thought this might be a good place to start, especially since this will be a long process to get the beast up and running.

Bsmith – Yes, kinda an early xmas present to myself. My wife already got me the Grizzly 1/2hp hollow chisel mortiser for xmas, that is still in the box, I was told I had to wait until xmas to start using it. Oh well, I need to clean and re-org the shop anyways to make room for it. Love the pic of your great dane, we have been considering one since our large male dog had to be put down back in September. We miss him.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#7 posted 12-07-2012 07:19 PM

Now that you are no longer a blog virgin, we do expect more, much more. To him who is given much, much is expected. Looking forward.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#8 posted 12-07-2012 08:46 PM


-- Joel

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#9 posted 12-08-2012 01:17 AM

Awesome. I would love to have that machine sitting in my shop.


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#10 posted 12-08-2012 05:37 AM

Ain’t tool gloats great! Congrats on your new toy, err, tool!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 12-08-2012 11:22 AM

Congratulations on your new tools! Next time you have a heavy box to move, move it on pieces of pipe. I have 4 or 5 pieces 4’ long that I keep around just to move heavy things with. I’ve moved milling machines by myself without too much trouble. Just make sure the surface is reasonably level and you won’t have any problem. If the machine gets away from you it will stop in a few feet when it runs off the last pipe. Don’t ask how I know…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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Nate Meadows

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#12 posted 12-08-2012 01:18 PM

Congratulations! That is so awesome! I understand the struggles with an eight in jointer. Its so cool you got your dream and moved up! Let us know how you like it!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#13 posted 12-08-2012 02:17 PM

Congrats on new tool .Gotta love it when the big brown truck shows up with new toys for the shop

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#14 posted 12-09-2012 02:11 AM

Hal, Thanks for the Idea. I had not remembered that trick, but once i read your post, it popped back into my brain. I will be using that tomorrow for sure. I had baby sitting duty today, so not much in the way of shop time. I held him the wrong way yesterday and janked my back a bit. Not bad, but slight spasms. While he was napping today, I did a test between wd40 and mineral spirits, to see which one would tackle the cosmoline the best. For me, the ms worked the best. I did try to push the jointer over a bit, but it would not budge. I will have to crow bar it up and put some pipe underneath.

I will have to order a heavy duty mobile base from grizzly. Should have done it when I ordered it. I may look at the HF unit tomorrow to see if i can beef it up with some angle iron. I think I can make the structure strong enough, but I worry about the wheels.

Progress on this will be slow, but I will be sure to update this blog as progress happens.

Thanks for all the great comments.


-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#15 posted 01-04-2013 11:19 PM

Where are part 2 and 3 and 4 and so on?

-- Bert

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