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In depth review of the Grizzle G0709 gunsmith lathe after 300+ houres of use

Posted By on November 30, 2014


Review of the grizzly G0709 gunsmith lathe, have had the machine up and running since December have run it for over 300+ hours.

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Grizzly G0462 Wood Lathe with Digital Readout
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Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch
Grizzly G8688 Mini Metal Lathe, 7 x 12-Inch
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Grizzly H8049 6-Inch 4-Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-Inch by 8 TPI
Grizzly H8049 6-Inch 4-Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-Inch by 8 TPI
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Grizzly G9776 Carbide-Tipped Tool Bit Sets, 3/8-Inch, 20-Piece
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Grizzly H2970 Cut Off Holder with Blade, 3-1/2-Inch
Grizzly H2970 Cut Off Holder with Blade, 3-1/2-Inch
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Grizzly H6267 4 Jaw Wood Chuck, 1-1/4-Inch x 8-Inch
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Grizzly H3412 Cast Iron Faceplate, 4-Inch by 3/4-Inch by 16 TPI
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17 Responses to “In depth review of the Grizzle G0709 gunsmith lathe after 300+ houres of use”

  1. Jay Tee says:

    Andrew I used carriage bolts (1/2-13x 3inches long) with jam nuts to level
    the machine I will snap a pic this weekend and post it here

  2. Mark Rich says:

    JT,
    Ive said it before Ill say it again. 30 -40 years ago yes when china was
    just starting to become (the super country) what hey are now they may have
    had problems. BUT there human they have learned the same methods we
    westerners use to machine parts from so many of our huge corporations going
    there. Have taught them and devolped there skills how could they not?
    Sony Briggs & Stratton Dewalt Tools Honda GM
    Point being they have learned allot . Enough in my opinion that the right
    company will make a decent tool . Just like any where in the world there
    are Good company’s and bad. America may have paved the way but there not
    the only game in town.
    And yes Ive owned American Iron and Chinese. Dollar for dollar there just
    as well machined and built but you get more for your money in china.
    I love the lathe your making me very jealous! Now CNC it!

  3. Csab says:

    I like your music but its a little distracting. Nice video

  4. Jeff H. says:

    That Desktop lamp piece is very cool!
    All your comments about twist are only valid if your tailstock is dead
    centered. Since you are not actually between centers either, headset
    alignment is also a source of error. If you use a high precision level, it
    exceeds the ability to determine twist by turning a shaft. A common
    machinist level is slightly less accurate than the turned shaft method,
    mathematically.
    BTW, if you keep shifting gears while the machine is turning after hitting
    the bump switch, you will be capturing plenty of shavings on your magnets.
    The “hardened” gears are really quite soft in the G0709.
    As you said, Grizzly brings a lot of tools into an affordable sphere and
    has excellent support and parts availability.

  5. Bruce Wilbur says:

    JT,

    Thank you so much for the review! Fantastic job! I am looking at ordering
    one, and I am curious to see if you are still impressed with it. You’ve
    put enough hours on the lathe by now. How long do you think it will last
    you?

    Thanks! Bruce

  6. Danu Al says:

    G0709 lathe looks like a Romanian model SN281. What type of gearbox oil
    use? Where have you placed the magnet to collect swarf in the gearbox,
    considering that the anointing is bubbling. There was no possibility can
    move the magnet in place at high speeds?

  7. Donald R Adams says:

    Jay Tee, what is the cost?

  8. Dave Ticehurst says:

    Geared head is too noisy, sounds like a bag of nails in a cement mixer. You
    must have understanding neighbours if you run this late evening.

  9. Jester Mclarpet says:

    That’s a nice lathe. That gearbox sounds well made and the way the levers
    ran in with use is a good sign. You listen to great music.

  10. Ray Caniglia says:

    Hey Jay Tee,

    Great review of the G0709, I have had mine now for over 2 years with no
    issues!

    When you have a free minute, check out the review I did a while back.

    Thanks,

    Ray C.

  11. Andrew Stewart says:

    Thanks Jay Tee!

  12. Andrew Stewart says:

    Great video. Could you share what you used for your leveling feet and where
    to buy? I just got a Grizzly and want to get the leveling right from the
    beginning.

  13. cab maker says:

    Good job on the videos. I bought the g0709 and installing the taper
    attachment. I have the cross-slide screw and nut out and noticed the
    cross-slide feed gear was dry no oil on it as well as the big gear for the
    manual longitudal travel inside the apron. The oil level in the glass was
    ok so I run the cross feed still no oil so I added oil until it start
    leaking out the lower locator roll pin on the right side of the cross feed
    lever housing, now oil showed on both gears. I siliconed the hole in the
    roll pin and drilled and tapped for a 6-1 button head screw with an o-ring
    so I can check the new level. So far no leaks and happy with my new lathe.

  14. John Noneyabizz says:

    finally….a sensible, ‘useful’, review based on initial usage and then
    some. I enjoyed it and believe this or not…I’ll take yer word for it ..:)

  15. popingamat says:

    hi , i just got the g4003g grizzly lathe i really like it . and i got
    theg0704 mill its nice to.

  16. Dan gud says:

    I have been looking at this Lathe, and find such info very useful. I have
    been thinking of the G0667 MIll also thinking that the high speed would be
    really handy (not a machinist by profession) perhaps that is a dumb
    assumption

  17. Mark Warner says:

    JT. I have been watching our videos on the Lathe. I thinking of buying a
    new grizzly or an older lathe. Also looking at the g0757 mill with the
    vertical milling option. What do you think?
    Thanks for the videos.

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