Grizzly G0490X - 8" Jointer with Parallelogram Beds and Spiral Cutterhead
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- Motor: 3 HP, 240V, single-phase, 15A, TEFC, 3450 RPM
- Total table size: 8" x 76-3/8"
- Infeed table size: 8" x 43-3/8"
- Cutterhead: Spiral with 40 indexable carbide inserts
- Cutterhead speed: 4800 RPM
- Cutterhead diameter: 3-3/8"
- Max. depth of cut: 1/8"
- Max. rabbeting depth: 1/2"
- Cuts per minute: 19,200
- Deluxe cast iron fence size: 36" L x 1-1/4" W x 5" H
- Approximate shipping weight: 564 lbs.
- Shielded & lubricated bearings
- Precision-ground cast-iron tables
- Fully adjustable tables
- Serpentine belt and pulleys
- Easy-access lever-adjusted tables with height gauge
- Heavy-duty center-mounted fence with angle gauge
- Built-in dust chute with 4" port
- Powder-coated paint
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52 Customer Reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
This was on sale with free shipping so it was a very good value. The assembly instructions were fairly well written and the assembly process went fairly smoothly but there were two extra flat washers and to missing split lock washers. I ended up using my tractor hydraulics to lift the table on the base so there was no chance of dropping it and it made lining up the holes easy, although it could be done by hand by two strapping young men. I rate the fit and finish as excellent. There was some dings caused by shipping but it was minor cosmetic and not worth hassling with returning pieces. I haven't used it yet so I can't rate it 5 stars since I don't know how well it really works. If the specifications are a good indication, then it should work fine. It is a very stout machine so I expect I will be happy for many years to come.
Took 8 months to get it
Grizzly raised the price 300 dollars because of new tariffs
I just received this jointer after a long back order delay. It arrived with a damaged piece. This was taken care of quickly-customer service has been great. I think the machine is still a great value, even with the added tarrifs. My only complaint would be the next to useless assembly and adjustment instructions. Grizzly should really focus on putting together a better manual package. I can't comment on the function of the machine yet. I've only run a couple of pieces of scrap through it so far.
Wish I had known they offer a military discount before I bought it.
I waited for over 6 months for this jointer and am very glad I did wait. It came damaged and their customer service was great in resolving the issue. The only reason for 4 stars was the wait and the damage. When I ordered it I expected a wait based on the other reviews I read but.. they have had this jointer in their catalog for a while and I would think that after offering this machine for as long as they have, Grizzly would have their supplier issues figured out by now. I also believe a carton built better than the one it came in would have prevented the shipping damage but after waiting so long I wasn't sending it back.
Overall, they took care of me on the damage and once you use the jointer you'll be glad its the one you choose. Can't believe how much of a difference the spiral head makes. it is glass smooth and so quiet compared to my old one. The jointer itself is worth 5 stars!!
Just got this jointer put together after having it sit in the crate in my garage for 3 months while I tried to find the time to get it to my basement. That process was a project in and of itself. This thing is a massive piece of cast iron and steel! Anyway, I had a couple hours putting it together. I did not have any documentation for the base, which doesn't really need a whole lot of assembly, but I did have to make a best guess on which bolts to use for the foot lever/wheel which allows you to move the machine on it's base. The motor was mounted on the underside of the assembly, which is not where it ultimately ends up, and the switch is bolted to the inside of the base. Again, with no instructions for the base, I had to figure things out. That was about the worst of it, though. The instruction for the machine itself are very well written. No Chinese instructions pretending to translate to English.
Everything was well packed, coated with oil to prevent rust and went together easily. I do recommend some sort of hoist or ratcheting crank supported by overhead rafters to lift the jointer onto the base. Two very strong weight lifters might have been able to do it, but my 150 pound frame does not put me in that category. Think it through. Be safe. The entire assembly is over a quarter ton. I was a little nervous about having issues with the machine as I was one of the first to receive mine from a new manufacturer. Yes it took me a long time to get it. About 14 months to be exact, due to the Chinese government shutting down factories and putting restrictions in place for others. That wasn't Grizzly's fault. But in the end, it was well worth the wait. The fit and finish exceeded my expectations and I'm certain that once I get everything cleaned up and adjusted (if it even needs adjusting) I'm going to be even more impressed. I finished the wiring last night and fired it up. Very quiet machine. I like the serpentine type belt. No vibration.
Grizzly got this one right!
Product is excellent. Well packaged and clear instructions for setup. Didn't require too much adjustment. Cuts very well. A huge upgrade over my old 4" Jet with knives. I am very pleased with the mobile base as well - its easy to engage and rolls very well.
I wish it didn't take 7 months to deliver. Actually, the projects I have planned for this could wait 7 months, so that wasn't necessarily the biggest problem. I do wish Grizzly had enough of a handle on their suppliers to be able to give me a decently accurate delivery time frame up front instead of missing it by 3-4 months.
I was impacted by the tariffs too, but I can't hold that against Grizzly.
Hindsight being 20/20, I probably would have bought a Jet back in January since I wouldn't have had to wait 7 months and the cost of the Jet back in January would have been similar to the cost of the Grizzly in September, after the tariff increase.
Thats a moot point though and now I have a machine that I love.
On the jointer itself, it is a great product, easy to put together and I am very pleased with the results from using it a little over the past months. The absolute killer bad thing is with Grizzly the company itself! I ordered this early Jan 2018 and it was delivered in August 2018 - I think there were 3 or 4 emails stating that the shipping date was moved forward. Not only did I have to wait 8 months but also, due to Grizzly not shipping it by I think it was June 2018 (?), I had to pay an extra USD $200+ due to the new tax on steel. To be honest, if I knew beforehand that it would take 8+ months and the extra cost, I would have bought it elsewhere! I had plans on building a few tables for myself and these plans were on a Grizzly 8+ month delay... would have been nice for them to provide a financial discount due to their extremely poor delivery. I would definitely not recommend Grizzly to others if they are not prepared for a very long delivery time.
Took an extraordinarily long time to ship (almost 7 months), but after receiving it (FINALLY) it is everything i have come to expect from a Grizzly tool. Very happy to have this tool as part of my shop.
This is an excellent jointer. After assembly it required no adjustments. Tables were already co-planer.
The only problem I had with it was getting it. 8 month delivery time.
Purchased this jointer to replace an older 6" machine. I really like the long beds, easy adjustment of the beds and the spiral cutterhead. Bed were coplaner when I received the machine so only adjustment required was to the bed stops and adjusting the beds to line up with the top of the cutter and the depth of cut indicator. I did need to ease a little bit of rough edge on the beds but that only took a few minutes with a file, otherwise fit and finish was very good.
Because of a factory change, it took a full year to get this machine, but it was well worth the wait. The jointer arrived well packed and in perfect condition. The set up was well explained and went without incident. After checking tolerances and testing, I confirmed that the machine left the factory already perfectly set up. Last but not least, this machine with its spiral cutter-head does a fantastic job of what it is designed to do. Thank you Grizzly for a great product at an incredibly fair price.
The jointer has met my expectations. The shipping crate was not sturdy enough to survive shipment, the jointer was bolted to the 1/4" plywood crate bottom and bolts had pulled thru leaving the jointer lose in the crate. There was no damage to the jointer. The crate also had forklift damage, but none to the jointer. Assembly was straightforward. I do have a rattle when it runs, so will look for any loose fasteners.
I have only owned it for a month and had to wait 8 months for it to be delivered but after the first board, I am glad I waited. This Jointer is excellent
The only down side for this jointer is the wait time to get it. I ordered it on July 4th 2017 and received it in May 2018. I have used it a few times and it works great. So if you have 10 months to wait, go for it.
I waited almost a year for this product. Very hard to put together and some Allen wrenches and bolts to put swivel wheels were missing.
I ordered this G0490X 8" jointer eight months ago and I'm glad I didn't cancel my order. I love it. So much easier and quieter than my old 4" Shopsmith I've had for years.
I have set up the machine and I am impressed with initial first trial cut. The spiral cutters leave a very clean cut. I will not have time to really give it a good test until I get back from vacation.
Highly desirable machine took over a year if back order but was well worth the wait. Cuts like smooth glass and live the spiral cutterhead.
- The spiral cutter head produces great results.
- Parallelogram beds were easy to align.
- Quick startup.
- Long bed is great and makes pieces easy to handle.
- Motor has good power
- lifting and mounting the motor is rough in the working space. complete this prior to flipping the base.
- Aligning the motor can be a rough but a quick jig in the shape of a U. Ensure the top and bottom are square then use a level to align the pulleys. This took a few adjustments on the mounts for the planer assembly to the base then several more for the motor. I used an auto screw jack to fully tension the belt and some ratcheting tie down straps.
- Paint splatter on the bed
- The spring on the guard had a lack of tension but was correctable.
Overall once all adjustments were completed the machine has preformed fantastic with great results. I would recommend the machine but note it will take at least half a day of adjustments to deal with the assembly issues.
I bought this a month and a half ago but have been ill so not able to assemble it. Last week the neighbor and I assembled my wonderful gift to me. The more we assembled, the more we were impressed! I am looking forward to being able to play in my shop again. I have a list of projects and this jointer is certainly going to be a big help. Thank you! I have been going through your catalog and have found several more wood working tools I will be purchasing soon.
I ordered this product back in April. The following month when it was originally supposed to be delivered, it went on back order. I didn't receive it until 7-1/2 months later in November. Every month when I called for an update, the projected delivery date moved out another month with no idea when the product would actually be delivered. I've seen online that many, many others had the same experience throughout 2017. I'm not sure what's wrong with Grizzly's operations team, not to have any visibility or control over their supply chain and manufacturing / scheduling process - very disappointing.
Got the jointer. It was easy to set up, works great! Couldnt be happier with it! Only complaint was that I had to wait about 7 months for it to finallly be delivered
Very satisfied, was delivered no problems driver even put in the garage thanks
I have had this almost three years and use it often. It does a great job jointing. However I have had several issues. 1) The E-Stop switch was not tight. Operating the rotational switch eventually caused wires to come loose and short. I was able to fix this. 2) The motor pulley works its way down the shaft causing the belt to skip grooves and rub. This is an on going problem. Grizzly support didn't provide a solution to the pulley movement. I've tighten the two set screws and used loctite. I've aligned the pulleys and made the motor shaft parallel to the cutter. Eventually I drilled/tapped the motor pulley for a larger setscrew which kept the pulley in place (last I looked). I think (hope) the pulley is now staying in place but the belt did skip a grove or two recently. I'm guessing this is due to pulley and shaft alignment. I find it difficult to align the motor shaft exactly parallel to the cutting head due to the motor's weight and mounting apparatus. 3) The fence does not maintain 90 degrees to the table once it is moved in or out. I use a precision square to adjust the fence every time I move the fence moved. I can accept this at this price.
I have several Grizzly power tools but this is the only one that gives me trouble. Nevertheless I do like the results I get.
I like everything about the jointer except that it shakes drastically when I start it up and vibrates too much once it gets going. I checked the belt and adjusted the motor position but still vibrating. Disappointing for a machine in this class.
Went together well. The Switch mount bracket should be reinforced with angle of steel at the right angle for more rigid support
This jointer arrived well packaged and in great shape. Very easy to assemble using an engine hoist to lift the heavy bed. The beds were perfectly aligned straight out of the box. The spiral heads work great and have had about 200 bf of hard wood run through them. My only complaint is having to wait three months to receive the jointer after ordering it. I highly recommend this jointer for anyone's shop. You will be very happy with the purchase.
The saw arrived after a long delay, but it was worth the wait. When it arrived, I was very scared. the thin plywood box and pallet were badly damaged in many areas. The saw was intact with no issues. Whew!
The jointer works great.
I've been a woodworker and boat builder for 50 years, a shop teacher for 40. I've used every popular brand of jointer. The production quality of this jointer meets or exceeds them all. The only con. The motor is not a quiet as a few of the brands. It would be absurd to pay a thousand dollars more for a quieter motor. Sprial cutter head cuts like butter.
No adjustments needed right out of the shipping container. The freight service had torn the plywood top off the box but everything was still there undamaged. The shippers are TERRIBLE!
I purchased this jointer to go from 6" to 8" and have a longer bed. It was easy to set up and works perfectly. I have been jointing 7"
to 8" white oak. The spiral cutter is amazing. It runs quiet, feeds smooth and leaves a wonderful finish.
Overall, once it's together and aligned properly, this is a really nice jointer ...
Since I can only give it whole stars I'd be remiss if I didn't give it 5 .... but it's really 4.75 stars because of two issues: 1) my front wheel drops the jointer hard as I move it if there is any bumps, chips, or debris in/on the floor. 2) the manual needs work ... Some mistakes made putting the jointer together were only figured out by taking it apart again. The manual being ambiguous on some steps contributed to each problem I ran into ... once figured it out it was obvious but it wasn't till you scratched you head on issues you ran into later on. 2nd: The table alignment procedure in the manual is incomplete. This seems to be a common problem since I didn't find a complete solution on the net. I had to come up with a procedure by trying to align it over and over again (each time it took an hour or two). The manual will tell you how to align the tables to the cutterhead and to each other but does not mention several points that you need to know. I've attempted to write down the procedure as I remember it below.
- large table
- spiral head
- powerful motor
- built in wheels
- the front wheel does not lock and can drop your jointer hard if your not careful
- manual has it's issues which took a bit of time to figure out
- the flatness of my table is a little out of spec ... but only by a thousandth
Note on Grizzly customer support: I think they are eager to help but are not necessarily experts on every machine. When I was having alignment issues they seemed to only be able to reiterate the manual and didn't have additional insight into what to do when all my eccentrics seemed maxed out.
Note on tools: some type of lift is necessary to build this. I have a shop crane.
An attempt to fill in the missing pieces of the table alignment procedure:
1) know that there are 5 adjustments for each table (four eccentrics and the table height) all of which interact with each other. Alignment is an iterative process.
2) find and mark the high and low point of each eccentric (I used a dial indicator attached to the base to measure the table height above the eccentric)
3) start by setting all the eccentrics to their mid points
Align the Outfeed table:
4) level the center line of outfeed table to the base by changing each of the 4 eccentrics from their midpoints as little as possible. Do only the long direction as the width will be leveled to the cutting head
5) raise the outfield table till the center line of the table is the same height as the center of the cutterhead. This is only a starting point to get close.
6) follow the procedure for aligning the outfield table in the manual with the additional constraint of keeping the out feed center line parallel to the base. Note that you will also have to adjust the table height as you change the eccentrics. There are more pointers which would help here but you will just have to figure it out by doing it as this review is taking me too long as is.
6) you should be able to match the outfield table with out running out of eccentric height (maxing out high or low one or more eccentric in such a way that it is impossible to change the other eccentrics and table height to align the table). If you do you might try allowing the center line to vary slightly (fraction of a degree) from level with the base in #4 and start over but only if you think that will do the trick ... but be aware that the infeed table will need to match this angle and it's eccentrics might not extend far enough. If you get to this point and can't get the outfeed (or infeed) aligned then you will need to decide if the cutterhead is too far out of alignment to be matched (hopefully that will never happen ... although my cutter head was pretty close).
Now the infeed table:
7) follow the infeed table alignment in the manual
8) if the eccentrics on the infeed max out then you will have to figure out what to modify from step #4 forward to give them more room.
Note: I used a very long and accurate straight edge and feeler gauges to determine if one end was off a table or not
After much deliberation with myself, I decided to buy the big Grizzly 8" spiral cutter head with 76" parallelogram bed. It performs very well and gets the job done without fuss. Glad I bought it.
Very happy with product and think Grizzly provides high value for the cost. I did have to do some bed adjustments when I assembled it out of the crates but the instructions where clear and I appreciated they mentioned it might take a little time to get it perfect if not set right from factory. Once calibrated, the machine makes a beautiful consistent cuts, little to no snipe and made short work jointing a 7 inch wide piece of curly maple. The long bed and spiral cutter are worth the extra cost for the performance one gets.
This is a great jointers, just be ready to spend time setting it up. I didn't spend a large amount of time aligning the belts and ended up with my lower pulley almost falling off. The jointer works amazingly well though and am happy with the thing. My only frustration is that the infeed table dips about 1/128th of an inch right at the top left corner by the cutter head and after spending a full day messing with the alignment, I was never able to correct it.
The Spiral cutter head with worth the investment also. I nicked a insert within the first couple days of using the jointer and it was a simple remove the screw, clean around the insert, and then rotate and re tighten the insert.
The main issue is the fence. Every time it is moved it has to be resquared. Major inconvenience.
No issues at all. No adjustments needed on setup, leaves a great finish. Great machine for the money.
This is the absolute best tool, well made, powerful and easy to move around. Highly recommend it for any size shop
I bought the GO490X 8" jointer, sprial cutter head last month. I love this product. I would recommend this to anyone. Grizzly has great customer service and the staff if very helpful and friendly. I have been a customer since 1987.
I recently received a G0490X, 8" jointer. I wanted to thank you all for doing such a great job. My impression is that Grizzly is considered by most to be the "value" manufacturer. This is a code word for "quality not so good, but cheap!"
My experience with this jointer shows how untrue that impression is. The machine went together flawlessly, and worked beautifully from the moment I first turned it on. With machines like this, one has to be psychologically prepared to go through a long, painful, frustrating process to get the settings dialed in just right. I was absolutely DELIGHTED to find that the outfeed table setup was flawless without me making a single adjustment! Everything was flat, and true, right out of the crate. I can't thank you enough for seeing to it that this machine was so perfectly set up!
I'm going to tell everyone on woodnet.net about how pleased I am!
Common Questions and Answers about the G0490X:
What type of electrical outlet do I need for this jointer?
This unit is prewired for 240V, it is single phase, and 60 Hz. The machine includes a 6-20 plug.