Wider surface and spiral cutterhead are a response to customer requests for a machine designed to suit small shops
In response to customer requests, Grizzly Industrial has developed a 12" jointer with a 60" bed to accommodate shops that require machines with a small footprint. The single-phase, 3-hp jointer, model G0607, has a 13" x 60" cast-iron table, parallelogram table adjustment and four-row spiral cutterhead with 60 indexable solid-carbide inserts.
"We have received many requests for a jointer that had a wide surface yet with a shorter table than the width would normally dictate," says Bill Crofutt, Grizzly's quality control manager. "It seems that many people work with wide stock, but either don't have the room for a long bed jointer or simply don't work with long enough stock to need anything bigger than 60". This machine is a direct response to their requests."
The spiral cutterhead is one of the key features of the machine.
"We were the first to use a spiral cutterhead with indexable carbide inserts in a jointer," Crofutt says. "Our customers, both hobbyist and professional, have come to rely on and appreciate the performance of these cuttterheads. While the initial cost is greater than a conventional cutterhead-equipped jointer, it is soon recouped by the much greater time between changing out knives. They tend to leave a very nice finish that requires less sanding."
The 5-3/8" x 31-1/4" fence is center-mounted with positive stops at 45, 90 and 135 degrees. The jointer has a flat serpentine belt and pulleys that deliver a quieter and more efficient power transfer.
"The automobile industry has been using the flat 'serpentine' belts for many years," explains Crofutt. "We are one of the first companies to use this style of drive belts on large woodworking machines. The advantages are they are quieter and run much more smoothly than a V-belt."
Other features include independently adjustable handwheel table movement, a cast aluminum guard, 5" dust port and heavy duty cast-iron construction.
"We didn't spare the steel and cast-iron making of this machine, which weighs in at over 800 lbs. The G0706 uses heavily reinforced cast-iron tables, a cast-iron base and a cast-iron fence, all of which are mounted to a steel cabinet. This thing is built like a tank and will be around for years to come."
Contact: Grizzly Industrial, 1821 Valencia St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Tel: 800-523-4777. www.grizzly.com
This article originally appeared in the March 2010 issue.