Well over half of the emails sent to me are on the subject of tools. I have no objections to responding to them but I thought it would be beneficial to start a video library of sorts to briefly touch on what I think of a particular tool or set of tools. These won’t be in depth tool reviews as I know very few people are interested in that kind of thing and I really don’t want to go over all the details. Instead I’ll just focus on the things I like about the tool, things I don’t like about the tool, and would I buy it again. I have a huge list of “episodes” that can be made and plan on releasing one per week. Hopefully this will be helpful to some people.
Grizzly G0490X Jointer
Specifications found here: http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Jointer-w-Spiral-Cutterhead/G0490X
I purchased mine in August 2015 for $1,509 including freight and liftgate service.
What I like:
- Dialing in the beds was pretty easy. I followed the jointer setup video from The Wood Whisperer. It only took about 2 hours to get it darn near perfect. Adjustment is made by spinning eccentric bushings with a hammer and punch.
- Large infeed support. The longest stock I’ve jointed was 60″ boards and the jointer infeed bed was more than long enough to handle them.
- The spiral cutterhead. The fact that the carbide inserts are indexed resulting in potentially never having to adjust the outfeed table or adjust cutter knife height during install is something I really like. The knives are carbide so they should last longer than steel knives. And they have 4 cutting edges so when one side gets dull you can rotate it 90 degrees to use a fresh edge.
- Plenty of power at full width. I took a somewhat aggressive cut on a full 8″ wide piece of walnut and it didn’t feel like it was bogging down the motor.
- The parallelogram bed is not only pretty easy to dial in to parallel but it’s also really easy to move up and down. I have no experience with the traditional wedge style beds so I can’t speak for them but I’m really happy with the parallelogram movement.
What I don’t like:
- The power on/off switch is mounted in a good location but the mounting bracket feels a little flimsy. With normal finger pressure of turning on the machine the switch mount flexes quite a bit. This is a cause for concern over time of the welded joint on the bracket coming lose.
- Every time I move the fence in or out the fence is no longer square to the table. I have to square the fence every time I move it which is a slight annoyance.
Would I buy the Grizzly G0490X jointer again?
I probably wouldn’t use the full width of the larger 12″ model enough for it to be a wise decision. At that point it would just be a luxury purchase for me. The 6″ model is commonly seen as too small from the vast majority of the research I did. I have no experience with the more expensive brands out there with similar setups as this machine so I can’t speak for their quality or performance. This jointer does everything I’ve asked it to do and it does it quite well, it’s reasonably priced to similar models of other brands, and the things I don’t like are minor and don’t affect the performance of the machine. Yes, I would buy it again if I had to do it over.