6-in. Jointer G1182ZX - Fine Woodworking Tool Review
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6-in. Jointer G1182ZX

Grizzly Industrial - 6-in. Jointer G1182ZX

Grizzly lists two comparable 6-in. jointers on its Web site as model No. G1182Z and G1182ZHW.

$475 (As of 10/25/2005)

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Editor's Review: Tool Test: 6-Inch Jointers

by William Duckworth

review date: October 25, 2005

A 6-in. jointer is a good starter size for a workshop, so I chose 11 models to examine, all of which happened to be made in either Taiwan or the People's Republic of China. The only significant differences among them were in the fence designs and the mechanisms by which you raise and lower the infeed and outfeed tables.

With a jointer, you want infeed and outfeed tables that are flat and coplanar to each other, meaning that the tables should run parallel from one end of the machine to the other.  To function properly, the surface of the outfeed table must be flush with the top arc of the knife cut and perfectly parallel to the full width of the knife cut as well as to the surface of the infeed table.

Among these machines, you can choose from four fence designs, my favorite of which is the rack-and-pinion, because adjustments are quick and easy to make, and you can move the fence in and out with one hand.

The Grizzly machine is the only one reviewed that features a magnetic switch, a device more often found on industrial-level equipment. The switch is mounted high for better access. The ground surface of the tables was well within accepted tolerances. I had to adjust the factory settings on the knives to get them parallel to the tables. After that, this machine made smooth, fine cuts.


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Manufacturer Specifications

Manufacturer Grizzly Industrial
Manufacturer's Web Site www.grizzly.com
Manufacturer's Phone Number 570-546-9663
Horsepower 1 hp

I have had this jointer for over 5 years so it is not this exact jointer. I have fought it the entire time and in a number of areas. The Z levers are a nightmare for fine adjustments like aligning the tables to change blades or to align blades to the back table height (I tried John Whites system as the one Grizzly recommended was killing me). The tables were out of alignment with one another and endless work has never created lasting results. I have also had relatively poor experiences with Grizzly as a company. From bizarre changes made to shopping carts to late changes in shipping fees etc. None of this seems in the norm as I read great things about Grizzly and their products so I am not sure how serious I would take this review. Perhaps it is just a relationship that is not meant to be :). In any regard I could not recommend this product to anyone and would not wish my experience with this jointer on an enemy.

I have had the G1182ZX for the past three years and have never been able to get acceptable results with the machine. It cuts tapers I have spent hours on the phone with tech service bought the dispoza blade system because they said it was the knives. Now it is that the tables are out of parallel which they always have been. Wish I could just sell it and get one that is funcitonal. I have other grizzly tools I am happy with but beware if you have precision problems they will not stand behind the product. I have offered to drive it down to springfiled to get it fixed exchange whatever and no satisfactory response. That was when it was in warranty now I am just stuck without a jointer.

This isn't exactly the Grizzly jointer I have, but it's close.I have the G1182ZHW. It's a pretty basic 6-in. jointer. Put it on a mobile base, and it's quite good for a small shop. But that's where my caution comes in...I bought a 6-in. jointer thinking, 'it'll be all I need...'. That's just not the case. I really wish I had purchased an 8-.in jointer instead to handle longer stock. Keep that in mind before you buy any 6-.in jointer.Whatever size you buy, Grizzly is rock solid.

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