Grizzly G0656P 8" Jointer - First Impressions

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Forum topic by Marcus posted 01-04-2013 01:35 AM 3355 views 0 times favorited 47 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2013 01:35 AM

I have no other word that “awful” to sum up my first impressions of this jointer. About 6 weeks ago, I purchased a G1023RL saw, and I can not sing its praises loud enough, but its hard for me to believe that this jointer is even from the same company.

A quick note: Please do not consider this a review, just first impressions of fit and finish. I have not used the jointer or even finished putting it together, so some of the below (some) may be forgiven if its a perfect working machine.

The first thing I noticed was how bad the paint was on the unit. There are spots that were supposed to painted that were just missed, and over spray on most everything else. It was scary to see how much over spray was on the cutter head, and why it would even be painted w/ the head installed.

On other parts of the machine, the pain is just flaking off completely. The below picture shows an area about 2”x4” that is completely coming off:

The next thing I noticed was that the infeed table seems to be twisted. If you look at how it aligns on the base, you will see a bigger gap at the top than on the bottom. The other side is just the opposite.

The only other thing I did before calling it quits for the night was to take out the handwheels. These were a thing of beauty on the G1023RL, so I was excited to see them again. I believe in my first impressions of the G1023RL, I referred to them as sexy. I can only refer to these as dangerous. They have possibly the worst casting I have seen on power equipment and are not cleaned up one bit. The edges are ridgid and sharp enough that I will be cut using them.

Like I said, I may forget about this ugly beast being so ugly if it works great, but it was definitely a shocker opening up the package after putting the table saw together. I suppose I’ll give Grizzly a call tomorrow and see if this is normal and how to proceed.

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#1 posted 01-04-2013 01:52 AM

Sounds like it could be a damaged jointer that somebody returned (except for that wonky handwheel—I don’t understand how that could escape quality control. The Grizz should make good on it.

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#2 posted 01-04-2013 02:04 AM

If this is new I wouldn’t finish unpacking it, just ship it straight back to Grizzly and get a completely different one. I’d also make them pay the return shipping. Tools may become ugly with time but it doesn’t mean they should start that way.

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#3 posted 01-04-2013 02:32 AM

Good time seeing all of the Grizzly posts, I just recieved their catalog and was planning to drive to Bellingham this Spring and pick up a jointer, 20” planer & a shaper. They seemed so much cheaper than General International. But I also seem to be having a problem with General, I paid for a new tablesaw and a 14” bandsaw on Dec. 8th and have still not yet recieved them yet ( $4100.00) Starting to get a little cranky.

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 02:39 AM

welcon…...Maybe that is because General is closing its doors, so I have been told. I have not verified that however

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#5 posted 01-04-2013 02:47 AM

I dont see that necessarily being a twisted table. Its simply the gibs and shims that are in there to make the tables co-planer. Check for twisting with a known straight edge from the top.

I got (about 3 weeks ago) a new G0634xp jointer/planer combo. It was in better shape than yours (granted,not same model,and perhaps not the same factory). Grizz will make it right, i’m confident in that. Just noticed today that the price of my unit went up 100 bucks since I purchased mine.

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#6 posted 01-04-2013 03:06 AM

Isn’t the Polar Bear series made in China not in Taiwan? I know Taiwan is still considered China, but Taiwan’s manufacturing is higher quality compared to factory where this came from. If the G0656 is still made in Taiwan I would go that route.

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 03:16 AM

My Gx0634xp polar bear came out of taiwan. Not sure about my G0715p hybrid table saw, which is also a polar bear.

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#8 posted 01-04-2013 04:06 AM

wow, that really sucks. From what I’ve read about Grizzly fit and finish are not their strength, but this is terrible. Thankfully they seem to have good customer service…

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#9 posted 01-04-2013 04:14 AM

think you should return it and just get a new one mine was in mint condition when I picked it up at the ups terminal thats how I get my heavy tools I dont want tham moved no more than neccessary, good luck with your jointer hope ething turns out OK

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#10 posted 01-04-2013 05:01 AM

+1 for Straightbowed – dump that thing and upgrade to a G0490. Its powder coated not painted and everyone seems to have had good experiences with them including me and Straightbowed- Really see if Griz will make the change. The parallelogram design is far better and this jointer really has been very well received. I wouldn’t even assemble that machine.

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#11 posted 01-04-2013 06:57 AM

Send it back for a replacement. That’s very poor qc and not acceptable, especially the handwheels.

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 09:21 AM

Country of origin was so something I looked at before ordering. I am pretty sure that all of the 8” had china listed. The polar bear series really is the exact same as the normal made in the same factory, or at least that is what I was told by grizzly.

I am not looking forward to sending this back. I’ll have to hire someone to get it out of the basement.

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#13 posted 01-04-2013 12:47 PM

mcase -

I just looked at the spec sheet of the 656, it shows that its supposed to be powder coated as well. Maybe that just refers to the base.

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#14 posted 01-04-2013 02:30 PM

I’d probably finish assembly and give it a trial run. If it performs well, I’d call grizz, send them the pics, and ask for
1- New hand wheels.
2- $150 refund or $150 Grizz gift card.
Bump it up to $225 and I’d even take it upon myself to nurse-up and keep the original hand wheels.

Then I’d just sand the poorly painted areas, and brush on some white primer- call it a day.

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#15 posted 01-04-2013 02:45 PM

Just return it! My experience with Grizzly customer service has been good. You shouldn’t have to settle for a piece of equipment in that condition. Keep us posted with a review.

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