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I found a 8" grizzly jointer on Craigslist. The next day, drive about an hour and ten minutes and pull up to this guys hideaway with pole barns, old wooden barns and all kinds of stuff. I see an old trailer with about 6 Grizzly tools on it, a shaper, big bandsaw, dust collector, big lathe, big 20" planer, and my 8" jointer. All of these things had rusty tops but other than that they looked great.

Got to talking with him and he said he just got them three days ago from a 80 year old widow women down the road. Apparently they were pretty well off financially and back in 1995 her husband wanted to start a woodshop and bought all of these tools brand new from Grizzly. Unfortunately right after the purchase the man got sick and passed away leaving these tools sitting in his barn. Well, fifteen years go by and the tools just sit there. A few days ago the seller hears about this and he was wanting a new bandsaw so he went over to check it out. He came home with all of the tools only wanting one and planning on selling the rest (not sure what he paid for them but I bet it wasn't much, he told me he felt a little guilty).

Anyways, the tools may have never been turned on, he said he and his nephew looked through the tools and couldn't find a bit of sawdust so the widow's story must have been true. On the bandsaw, you could see where the miter gauge had been sitting for years because the metal looked great under where it sat. Anyways, I bought the jointer off of him and hauled it home and unloaded it into my shop with a forklift. It's a 1.5hp 2 phase machine so I think it should work nicely, should be a good first jointer anyways.

Oh yeah, it also came with an HTC mobile base that looks great. I see on the internet these things are going for around $180! I think I lucked up, or he did!











Todays project is to get this thing cleaned up, tuned up and milling some of that oak I bought!

My question is, I watched the Wood Wisperer's video on setting up a jointer and it was very informative. Although, my jointer doesn't have the same tuning properties as his big ole powermatic. It seems it just has those long rods inder each table and a few other adjustments where the tables meet in the base. Does anyone have some experience with tuning this bad boy? I have the manual in like new condition but it doesn't explain everything in first time jointer owner english.
 

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Sailor,

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
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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)
 

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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.
 

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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 ********************! 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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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.

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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.
 
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