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Well, the much talked about Grizzly shipping problems are not just an urban legend as proof by these photos:







My lovely bride bought the 6" spiral cutterhead model and new shop fox fence for me for our anniversary. God bless her. The came delivered today via UPS freight and dropped at the front door. The boxes were in tatters, as you can see by the pictures. The first picture shows the box after just barely pulling on one corner. I guess they paid attention to the writing on the box in the third picture, because it looks like it's in great shape. A brief inspection tells me everything is ok, but we'll have to see when I get more time to investigate. I'm going to try and get the jointer put together in the next few days, a full review will be forthcoming.

I'll probably have to wait until I get back from our trip to Cali to install the new table saw fence. I'll review that, too, when I get a chance.

So, for now I'm gloating that I have a new sprial cutter jointer and a new tablesaw fence. Tomorrow I might be crying that both are damaged and I've got to wait for replacements. Wish me luck!

Cory
 

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Its strange because I have herd of so many people having this problem. I ordered my dust collector from grizzly and it came in perfect not single scratch or dent. I hope everything turns good because that is a really cool gift.
 

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Nice Cory, hope all is well with the damaged package. You will like having a jointer, makes a huge difference and opens up so much in project work.

The Shop Fox fence going on the R4511 I assume? Let me know how that goes, as I have considered upgrading the fence on mine.
 

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Here's an update: I got the G0452Z put together and running last night. Somehow, not a single piece of the machine was damaged during transit. It went together fairly easily, took about 2 hours all together. The hardest part was getting the pulleys aligned on the motor and the cutterhead. Once that was done, the rest of it was easy. The tables needed little adjustment and the fence was easy to set up, too.

Now the bad news: I have a lot to learn on how to properly joint a board! I ran a couple of 2×4's through the jointer first with NO trouble. The faces/edges came out perfectly flat and 90 degrees to each other, but they were basically straight and flat to begin with. I was getting cocky so I grabbed a piece of badly cupped cherry and thought I would have a flat board in no time. Wrong. I guess I was putting too much pressure on the board or not enough pressure on the outfeed side of the tables. I got some really cool wedges, not flat boards.

I'll continue to work on my technique. I'm sure I'll get better, but for a while I'm going to stick with relatively flat lumber.
 
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