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Review by DaveH posted 03-17-2008 02:48 AM 17497 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Grizzly G0656 8" JOINTER 3HP W/ MOBILE BASE Grizzly G0656 8" JOINTER 3HP W/ MOBILE BASE Grizzly G0656 8" JOINTER 3HP W/ MOBILE BASE Click the pictures to enlarge them

Just finished assembly and initial testing of my new jointer. My initial reaction is very positive. All parts required for assembly were present and accounted for and nothing was damaged. The assembly took about 4 hours. I just followed the instructions included and everything went together and the fit was good. Overall quality is good. The in feed and out feed tables are flat and aligned as well as the fence. Test cuts were good. I looked at Jet, Delta and Powermatic before ordering the Grizzly. The others just could not come close in features for the money. If it holds up as well as the Grizzly 1023SLX cabinet saw I’ve owned for a few years, I’ll be one happy camper.

Note on shipping and handling: The shipment weighed in at 520 lbs. I called the shipper and had it held at the dock for pickup. A couple of guys from the freight company loaded it in to my pickup. I could have had the freight company deliver it to my house ( lift gate service ) for another $25 but I then I would have had no way to move it to the shop which is 100 feet from the street. It takes 2 strong men to lift the table from the box to the jointer base ( the table crate was about 2 feet wide by 6 1/2 feet long). Probably weighs 250 lbs.

Would I buy the same jointer if I was making the buying decision again tomorrow? That is definitely a yes.


  • Motor: 3 HP, 220V,
  • single-phase, TEFC, 3450 RPM
  • Precision ground cast iron table size: 9” x 72-1/2”
  • Cutterhead knives: 4 HSS, 8” x 3/4” x 1/8”
  • Cutterhead speed: 5000 RPM
  • Cutterhead diameter: 3”
  • Max. depth of cut: 1/8”
  • Max. rabbeting depth: 1/2”
  • Cuts per minute: 20,000
  • Deluxe cast iron fence size: 35”L x 5”H
  • Approximate shipping weight: 556 lbs


  • Beds slide on dovetailed ways
  • Shielded & lubricated bearings
  • Built-in mobile base
  • Handwheel infeed, outfeed table adjustment
  • Heavy-duty center mounted fence
  • Handwheel controlled rack and pinon
  • fence adjustment
  • Built-in dust chute
  • Rabbeting table
  • Magnetic switch with thermal overload protection

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#1 posted 03-17-2008 03:03 AM

Good luck with the new toy, Someday I hope a larger jointer is in my future.
Let us know what you think after you use it for a while.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#2 posted 03-17-2008 03:56 AM

Let us know how it actually works.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-17-2008 06:09 PM

I’d be curious to see your thoughts after it has had a good trial in your shop. I’m in the market and think I’ll hold out for an 8” versus the 6” I’d been saving for. I’ve given consideration to a few similar machines. The Grizzly, Shop Fox, and Steel City seem to be what I’ll go for. They have been a decent comprimize between performance and value in my limited experience. I’ve only used the Shop Fox, however. Happy with my Grizzly Table Saw and a Steel City mortiser I’ve played with elsewhere.

Yeah, lift gate service is worth it to me. I paid a little more than that to get my Grizzly 1023 TS from the curb to the front of the garage/shop. Using three guys to lift it another 10’, I learned that the 30’ driveway carry would have been not so fun.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#4 posted 03-17-2008 06:19 PM

Nice writeup Dave. Interesting to find out what you think about it after some use. I’ve had pretty good luck with Grizzly.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 03-17-2008 06:49 PM


That’s why I picked it up at the dock. I figured I could slide it out of the pickup bed onto the shop floor more easily than attempt to carry it 100 feet.

I would have had the same problem with a local tool vendor. They charge $200 + for setup and delivery.

Note: Grizzly and Shop Fox will be built by the same China manufacturer. Just a few feature variations. Same guy owns both labels. Grizzly brand is only marketed direct. Shop Fox is the retail distribution brand.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#6 posted 03-17-2008 10:56 PM

thanks for the review. when i start looking into bench power tools when i get older I’ll diffidently give this one a look.

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#7 posted 03-18-2008 12:44 AM

Hi congrats on your new jointer,I’ve had one for over a year now and can not for the life of me understand how anyone else is able to even sell one.The Grizzly is wonderfully accurate,good features,the built in casters are great,the Grizzly jointer tests out with everyone who rates it as the #1 in quality and it’s about 1/2 the price and the only one with as large of a motor until you get up into the Oliver,scmi group.
I hope it works as well for you as mine has.I find Grizzly jointers,and dust collectors very fine tools and the best rice it’s really a no brainer.
Man though they are heavy aren’t they?
Great luck on your future projects


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#8 posted 03-19-2008 03:20 PM

In our shop we recently got the 10” extreme jointer with the spiral cutter head. These are very sturdy machines and they stand up to all types of abuse in the shop. We also have the 20” extreme duty planer and I have to say that these are the quietest machines that I have ever heard. Great write up and I don’t think that you will be disappointed.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too [email protected]#$%

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#9 posted 03-20-2008 06:37 AM

I recently got one as well and love it! It was missing the small key that goes on the infeed table adjustment shaft, as well as the screw to hold on that handle they sent me one no problem (it took a week). After getting it all together and using it a few time it cuts great.

-- Im not rich, just single with no kids...

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#10 posted 03-20-2008 11:00 PM

I’ve had mine for a couple years now and am very pleased, looks like yours has a slightly taller fence (which I would like) and the fence adjustments are a little different but essentially the same machine. I’m very pleased and could not have asked for a better machine for the money. I do plan buy the spiral head in the near future, its just so much easier to replace a couple cutters when you nick them.

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 04:51 AM

I love the grizzly 8” with spiral cutterheads. I’m impressed with their products too. Nice buy. Good luck!

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#12 posted 03-29-2008 02:41 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been considering upgrading to an 8” machine.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 06-24-2009 04:20 PM

I’ve had the jointer for over a year now and it’s had some use. Still a great jointer for the money. I have no reservation about recommending it to a friend.

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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#14 posted 06-24-2009 08:06 PM

Congrats on your new jointer I’m sure it will serve you well. I’ve had a 12” Grizzly spiral head jointer and 20 spiral head planner for close to 2 years there great machines . They run smoothly and quietly.
Thanks for the review,


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