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Craiglist Gloat- 8" Grizzly Jointer, basically never used!

by Sailor
posted 08-08-2010 03:12 PM

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#1 posted 08-08-2010 04:53 PM


That’s a real piece of junk. You don’t want that cluttering up your shop. Just put it out on the curb and I’ll swing by to pick it up and get it out of your way. <grin>

Seriously, that’s a great deal. I don’t know anything about alignment or adjustment but I’m sure somebody does and will chime in soon.

Craig’s List can deliver great deals if you watch it and strike quickly. A couple of weeks ago I picked up a 10” Craftsman contractor tablesaw for $40. No fence or miter gauge but cast iron top and wings… I have plans for updating/upgrading it…

Good luck with the joiner.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 08-08-2010 05:28 PM

Nice score!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 08-08-2010 05:32 PM

Very nice score! I’m glad to see it has a good home too. I just purchased a 6” Grizzly jointer with spiral helical blades and it makes a glass like finish on even the hardest woods. Have fun making great projects with this.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 08-08-2010 05:55 PM

Good buy. I have 12 of their tools ,never a problem some are 14 years old. good luck. I clean my tops with a 5 in. orbetal sander works great.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#5 posted 08-08-2010 06:18 PM

Nice hit! I have the same jointer in my shop. It works like a charm. Well Done!


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#6 posted 08-08-2010 06:39 PM

Way to go Sailor! Great price for a great machine. Don’t you just love Craiglist! I found a 3yr old G0593 w/Spiral cutter last month on the local Cragslist for $700. Even considering the spiral cutter head, you still probably got the better deal! Congrats!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 08-08-2010 07:47 PM

Keep an eye on your post office as you picture will likely be on the board. You stole this jointer!

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#8 posted 08-08-2010 08:02 PM

I’ll bet you’re glad you didn’t get that ridgid or powermatic 6” jointer you were thinking about getting a couple weeks ago.
Nice score!!!

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#9 posted 08-08-2010 09:45 PM

With a find like that, all I have to say is “YOU SUCK.” Great find. I’m sure that will prove very useful for you. I’ll just have to continue with my big old No. 7 plane for now I guess.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#10 posted 08-08-2010 11:32 PM

Looks to me like you would “tune” this up like any other jointer. Just explore the workings a little.
Nice score I’m sure you will be happy with it. If by some chance you still have a problem tuning it up. Call Grizzley they will help(which is more than you can say for some of the others)

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 08-09-2010 02:27 PM

Thanks for all of the replies guys, I really am lucky to have found this thing. I used the site Craiglook to find it, it’s trully a wonderful tool of a website. You can search an item and it will show you ones within a predetermined radius of your zipcode/city. I have been checking it nearly every day hoping one would pop up.

Yestarday I messed with it for about 45 minutes and I have a little over halve of the fence and table done. It’s not a mirror finish but it’s good enough for me I guess. I wil follow up with more photos of the cleaned up machine.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 02:45 PM

Nice score dude! Half my shop ( Delta Unisaw table saw, Powermatic drill press, 1 HP Steel City dust collector,Jet 14” enclosed stand band saw, Kreg prescesion fence, Veritas shelf pin drilling jig) is made up of awesome Craigslist scores! That is a great jointer solid as a rock. If you paid a ridiculous amount for it you might want to chuck the knifed head and buy a helical cutter head. Grizzly sells three different kinds, and they retrofit onto all their jointers. They vary in price, but if you got the jointer for a song then you might want to think about it. Index-able spiral or helical cutter heads are the shit! No knife sharpening or aligning EVER….and glass smooth finishes, and the best handling of figured woods…period. You get a nick or they just get dull, you rotate the little square cutter head to a clean side! That top will clean up nice. I would take the fence off and maybe work them both with some wet/dry automotive paper with your ROS and a little lube. Work your way up through the really high grits and that thing will look like a polished mirror!


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#13 posted 08-13-2010 12:11 AM

Good deal Sailor,it looks to be in fairly good condition. Check the ways, if they are rusty maybe some rust eating solvent and some lube may work. If that doesn’t work you may have to take the tables off and clean the ways real good. Check the jibs first, make sure they loosen when the lock screws are loosened…more rust eater. A good straight edge long enough to across both tables is needed to check for parallelism. If they are not parallel then the cut will not be straight. Check the belts, they may need to be replace if dry rotted. The bearings should be ok since the jointer had not been used much. Jointers are great machines, simple in design and easy to work on, I’ve never owned a Grizzly but have had several jointers over the years. I had an old American 16” jointer I used in my pattern shop that I rebuilt and used fo many years. In my home shop I have a powermatic 8” jointer that I was quite impressed with. Good luck with your new jointer.


-- Mark

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#14 posted 08-13-2010 01:27 AM

That’s an incredible score! Enjoy!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#15 posted 08-13-2010 01:34 AM


-- Doug...

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#16 posted 08-13-2010 01:35 AM

Hm. I MIGHT just have to hate you :-)

Congrats ! Great price on a great tool !!

-- -- Neil

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#17 posted 08-13-2010 02:46 AM

Wow. That’s great. You might not have to do much tuning. Mine was fine out of the box. I’ve had it several years and not had to mess with it.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#18 posted 08-13-2010 03:14 AM

It’s official, YOU SUCK

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#19 posted 08-16-2010 12:59 PM

Good thing you have a mobile base. The power cord is waaay to short.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#20 posted 09-20-2010 04:20 PM

I’m not sure how I missed this, but it looks like we have the same jointer. The only difference is that I think mine got a little bit of use about 10 yrs ago. Not sure if you plan to blog your clean-up process, but I’m planning to blog mine. So far I’ve got the before pictures:

I got the machined surfaces cleaned up this weekend but it is nowhere near a mirror finish. In fact, I’m 99.9% sure it didn’t have a mirror finish to start with. I’d be curious to hear how yours went.

Even if you choose not to blog it, keep me posted. I’d really like to hear your experiences. I should have an update posted of mine soon.

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#21 posted 02-07-2015 07:05 PM

5 Years later, now 2015, I punch in CL wood jointers, and this great story comes up, you hit the jack pot. Besides your table saw, this is the most important tool in your shop, may be even more important. Without it glue ups are near impossible. Okay, I know way back in the day it was all hand work, that takes years of practice to master, not to mention just learning how to sharpen the tool. You don’t even see one in most wood shops today. Back to yours, what made me giggle, just a bit, was after looking at the photos (with envy) you say not you have to clean it up. If that is the condition you got it in, I thought it looked like it just came from the store. 5 years later, I’ll give you 400.00. Simply give me your address and if your within 500 miles of NH. I can be there in 48 hours. I have heard some complaints about Grizzly tools, but never one about their jointers. Actually what I have heard is don’t spend 40% more for the same size jointer, when you can buy a Grizzly. I owned a DJ20 and it was my favorite tool in my shop. I traded for a 6” plus cash, to me, after a couple of major back surgeries. It’s near the top of one the the 10 most stupid things I have ever done. I have jumped up to a turn of the century 10” machine with an 8’ bed, with everything working as it should. Only have to add a safety guard. Has a nice welded bottom frame with heavy concealed casters so it can be moved around easy. All done by buying and reselling jointer’s, on CL. I can’t imagine a deal like this. The seller hd to feel very guilty, double what you paid would have been a steal. Good for you.
Nothing is impossible to the man who doesn’t have to do it himself!!

-- KRT

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#22 posted 02-08-2015 02:15 AM

Great find and you suck!!!

-- Making progress

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#23 posted 02-08-2015 02:51 AM

I officially hate you :-)

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#24 posted 02-08-2015 03:01 AM

Congrats on the new planer/jointer

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#25 posted 02-08-2015 03:14 AM

This is a five year old thread fellas.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#26 posted 02-08-2015 12:49 PM

This is a five year old thread fellas.

- firefighterontheside

It’s NEVER too late to hate somebody for getting an 8” jointer for $300! ;)

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#27 posted 02-08-2015 01:46 PM

Nice Score! As far as tuning it up… I’ve tried and failed. Good luck. I’d just use it as is and hope the boards are flat. I’d rather run a marathon than tune my jointer.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#28 posted 02-08-2015 01:52 PM

This is a five year old thread fellas.

- firefighterontheside

It s NEVER too late to hate somebody for getting an 8” jointer for $300! ;)

- Picklehead

Or for not buying the rest of the tools.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#29 posted 02-11-2015 02:04 PM

I have a confession to make…........

I still haven’t gotten the jointer tuned up so I haven’t used it at all really other then when I first bought it and turned it on…..... The nuts that hold the blades in are nearly impossible to tear. I started to round one off, then another so I just stopped.

My plan is to buy a spiral head for it I guess. Hopefully what Grizz sells now will still fit this one. When I have had the money I have spent it elsewhere so this just hasn’t been high on my priority list.

-- Dothan, Alabama Check out my woodworking blog! Also my Youtube Channel's Facebook page

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