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!