First of all let me say the G0495X is an AMAZING jointer. The jointer is very heavy and has a stable platform. It did have a few scratches on the bed near the cutter head, but nothing that would impact the performance of the machine. I could not be happier with the quality. I was very surprised by how quiet this machine is when cutting stock. I flattened a twisted 6 wide piece of cherry and in 3 passes it was as flat as flat can be, no tear-out. VERY impressive. The wheels lift the in feed and out feed tables very smoothly. The machine came perfectly co-plainer despite the condition of the box (More on this later) I checked with a Veritas straight edge and a set of feeler gauges. Perfect as Perfect can be.
That was all the good stuff about my purchase. Grizzly has been great, ONCE I received my order. As many people have found Grizzly has an inventory problem. Many of these items are back ordered. Mine was backordered 3x then finally I said I needed to cancel the order if they could not get the 2 pieces I needed. (I ordered a Spiral head plainer as well) The last time I called they told me the jointerI originally ordered was backordered (for a 4th time) Until December of 2018. My original order was placed in May. As the owner of a production shop I could not wait 8 months for something to ship if it shipped at all. To add insult to injury my order was placed BEFORE these Tariffs went into effect, yet they felt they had to charge me the extra fees; upon hearing there would be extra fees (and after a LONG wait) I told the sales team I would need to cancel the order if I was expected to pay an additional $600, they offered to upgrade my jointer to the G0495x from the G0490 I had ordered as they actually had the 495X in the US, so no tariff. They offered me a good and fair discount on the jointer and I was pleased with that so I ordered both and paid no Tariff fees. Both items shipped a few days later. Now on to the NIGHTMARE that is UPS Freight. UPS scheduled a delivery date on Friday but NEVER showed up. They gave the traditional 4 hour window of time for delivery. But never called to say they were not coming. I called them and complained that I had hired 4 guys to help unload and move these pieces into the shop since we had scheduled the delivery. They apologized (sorry that does not help me pay the 4 guys I had waiting around) and said they would deliver on Monday, they gave me the same 1-5pm window. THIS TIME I called them to confirm it was being delivered before paying 4 guys to stand around AGAIN.. guess what.. NOPE not going to be delivered on Monday as scheduled. (I found out why after the fact more on that in a moment.) So TUESDAY was the new date between 1-5. So Tuesday came and I called and YES! the jointer and plainer were on the truck for delivery. UPS showed up at 5pm. We opened the truck and BOOM I could see WHY they did not deliver on Monday. Someone (note the lack of harsher language) smashed into the Jointer box with a forklift and practically demolished it. THATS why it was not delivered on Monday, they needed to fix the box as best as they could so they could get it on the truck; Fortunately the jointer was not touched not even scratched. It took us 30 minutes to get the jointer off the truck as it was tilted to the left on the pallet and we needed to be careful not to let it fall off the pallet. I will give the highest praise to the UPS truck driver. Despite the condition of the delivery he stayed with us and helped us move both pieces into the shop. So I am thrilled with the Machines, hated the wait, despised the delivery process from UPS freight but had high marks for the UPS driver. Would I do it again? ......Yes, the price and quality of the machines is second to none. We are mostly a Grizzly shop, we have a G0690 Table Saw, a Grizzly Bandsaw, Jointer, plainer and soon a Drill press. Grizzly support is excellent. My only complaint is the fact that they did not ship any Gear box oil for the Plainer and the Jointer did not come with a plug, just a set of 3 wires. ALL of my other 220v machines from Grizzly came with the plug attached, not sure why this one did not. So after hunting around for the additional parts I have everything up and running. If you can stand the backorder process and survive UPS freight, these machines are a great value.