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Issues with Grizzly G0490X Jointer

by frankc
posted 10-02-2018 10:12 AM

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#1 posted 10-02-2018 02:39 PM

Calling Grizzly seems like a logical first step?

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#2 posted 10-02-2018 02:43 PM

Were you able to put the spring back in place a get any tension? Once assembled, they all work the same way, should be easy to twist the post to tension it before tightening the screw.

Jet has a small rod that sticks out so you can easily set the tension on the spring. Takes a few seconds.

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#3 posted 10-02-2018 08:34 PM

Thanks to everyone who offered advice. The Grizzly cutter guard mounts quite differently from others I’ve seen.
I must say that today, “suddenly the bulb lit up” and I figured out how to do it. Quite honestly it was simple but I just couldn’t get it yesterday. After thinking about it last night (all night long), my slow brain finally did it.

-- Frank C, NC (Why is "Square" sometimes not "Square"?

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 04:08 AM

Frank how were you able to fix it? I’m having the same issue with the G0604 I took apart to refurbish.

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 05:12 PM

I would imagine the G0604 has almost the same cutter guard mount, at least that what it looks like.
I’ll go through it step by step in that in can be a PITA do do. Best to have the fence back all the way and 45 degrees to the table.
Also, see the Grizzly page for the exploded view of the cutter head guard as well as part numbers
1. Assemble the cutter guard. Put the round black piece (74) with the hex fitting in. Then put the long hex nut (73) in.
2. Place the spring (78) in and then the round piece (79) that fits on top of it.
3. Screw the hex nut on so that it holds everything together but don’t snug it up.
4. Place it all in the table and tighten the BOTTOM hex bolt so it hold the guard down.
5. With the hex wrench in the TOP part of the guard, hold the hex wrench and using a vise grip or large pliers, turn the round part on top (74) CLOCKWISE just enough to put some pressure on the spring (77). When there is enough tension on the spring, tighten the hex nut. Cutter guard should have enough tension so that it can be pulled back from the guard without a lot of pressure.
6. While holding the vise grip tension on the top round piece, tighten the hex nut. The amount of tension can be adjusted by holding the hex nut on top and turning the round piece underneath either way.
If there are any other problems with my directions, PM me and I’ll give you my number to call so we can go over it together while on the phone.

-- Frank C, NC (Why is "Square" sometimes not "Square"?

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 05:34 PM

I just tightened mine yesterday. I didn’t have it apart, it just didn’t close very well over the cutter head. I just loosened the top screw/bolt, twisted (by hand) the round part until there was pretty good tightness against the fence (set all the way back), then tightened the screw. The manual was completely unhelpful for this.


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#7 posted 10-09-2018 06:08 PM

step 7. Put a piece of tape over the top guard bolt.

step 8. Keep the correct size allen key nearby, and remove only the bottom set screw next time!

My Delta DJ-20 has the same frustration.

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#8 posted 10-12-2018 09:49 PM

Would you mind sending me some pics of the guard assembly. Not sure I have the spring assembled right.

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#9 posted 10-13-2018 10:59 PM

I can’t send pictures of the guard assembly in that it’s all back together and I dare not take it apart again.
However, if perhaps you go to the Grizzly site, there is an “exploded view” of the assembly that will show the order of the parts fitting together. In terms of the spring, when it’s in there properly, there is a groove that the end of the spring will fit in so that it can be tensioned when the assembly is back in the jointer table.
Again, see the Grizzly owners manual for the spring pieces and the order in which they go together.

-- Frank C, NC (Why is "Square" sometimes not "Square"?

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#10 posted 10-13-2018 11:40 PM

Just got it done and…. It worked. Turns out the metal was slightly out of wack. Deburred it, sanded it and used a little lithium grease and it swings now. Stupid thing.

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