Re: Experience w/ Grizzly products?



base had caster hardware, but not assembly hardware, the shop fox dust collector had everything but caster hardware. I would still buy them again, but it sux having to stop and go looking for hardware. Zeke
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I have a Griz 14" bandsaw. It had the wrong bolt pack. They had just redesigned the base, and I got the bolts for the old style. It cost me about $3 at the Borg to make it right.
The saw never seemed capable of getting to a high enough tension. After I had the saw for two years, I ended up stripping the tension knob by maxing out the tensioner. When I took everything apart to see what it would take to repair it, I noticed a manufacturing defect.
One of the bolts that holds on the upper wheel housing went right through one of the tracks that the tensioning mechanism slides through. Sure enough, that bolt was binding the tensioning system, and had caused the resistance that kept the saw from getting to proper tension.
I took some digital photos and emailed them to Grizzly tech support. Once they finally understood the problem, they shipped me replacement parts free of charge, even though I was way out of warranty time.
Overall, I'd say you get what you pay for, but Grizzly quality seems high enough and their service good enough, that you get a good product. I think Grizzly is a good value, and I'll buy from them again. Probably a jointer and a TS when the time comes if I don't find good used units.
-Mike

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I got a 14" bandsaw (G0555) a couple of month ago. All of the parts were there and I had no trouble assembling the unit. I installed the riser block and had some difficulty properly tensioning the blades. I contacted Grizzly and the sent me a procedure for correcting the problem. Overall, I am very happy with Grizzly
-- Al Reid
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Al,
I'm saving up for the G0555 myself. I've been thinking that I would add the riser block as well. Have you had a chance to do any wide resawing with it yet? What's the performance in your opinion? Have you resawn before?
Thanks, Mike

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So far I have rough quarter sawn Walnut logs up to 11" thick X 24" long and have sliced 1/32" veneer from a piece 6" tall. I threw together my own fence for resawing and it works fine. My best suggestion is to just throw away the Grizzly blade and buy a few good ones ( Suffolk Machine or PS Wood Machines) that are commonly known as "TimberWolf" blades. I don't have anything else to compare it to, but I am completely satisfied with the results.
-- Al Reid

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I just got the G0555 last week. The only problem I can see so far is that the Grizzly logo was put on upside down. The few cuts I've made so far have been nice and smooth and surprisingly quiet.
On Thu, 2 Oct 2003 08:41:31 -0400, "Al Reid"

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Jim K wrote:

Some guy in Taiwan was laughing his ass off when he did that, doubtless. :)
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Some guy in Taiwan laughs anytime we buy any major "American" WW tool.
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Ivan wrote:

Sadly true.
I bought an American-made utility knife today. It was the first American-made anything I've bought in a long time, and I'm depressed at how surprised I was to see "Made in USA" on the thing.
I used to make a point of buying American, but these days even my grandfather buys MIT stuff, because it's all there is.
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my dad when he upgraded to bigger and better at grizzly)
The 1023s that I bought came with all parts and went together great..
The mini lathe that I inherited needed a new control board (we had burned it up by overloading the fuse and then "aluminum foiling it ...what can i say, we were in a hurry to finish the project. Customer Service quick to get me the right part when I ordered it.
The G1017 12" planer that i got is excellent...I have had no problems at all.
The only piece I've had an issue with is a shop fox adjustable base for the tablesaw. When installing the bolts for the frame I had 3 of them strip the frame threads with VERY little tension...I ended up using holes a little further in, no big deal, but it bugged me at the time.
Overall, I look first to grizzly, then at the competition, then always back to grizzly for the purchase.
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Our 6 inch Grizzly jointer works well, but the manual did have a few misleading areas on the assembly. I was really impressed with how they do business, we ordered and paid, drove around to the side and pulled into the garage so they could load the box. It was fast and easy. Their show room was big and had plenty of room around each tool.
joe
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Sammy wrote:

No problems with my two year old G1022 table saw. I bought the cheapest one, the one with the sheet metal wings. One of the wings was impossible to align; it wasn't stamped properly. Grizzly let me upgrade to cast iron wings for the difference in price between the stamped and cast. I paid to ship the stamped wings back, and they paid to ship me the much heavier cast wings. I'm satisfied.
-- Mark
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noted a defect in the top- still can't tell if its a hairline crack in the casting or if its a scratch. Grizzly sent an entirely new top to me. A bit inconvienient as I had to learn how to properly install and square a top -but the bottom line is that they had a problem- and they made it right. It'd be great if they had a zero defect record- but I don't think any tool manufacturer can claim that.
I'll buy more tools from Grizzly- I'm hoping for a 14 or 16" bandsaw next :-)
jh
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My shop is about 60% Grizzly. I set it up about 3 years ago. I bought a TS, 6" jointer, Bandsaw, dust collector, and brad nailer and never had a problem. Nothing was missing or broken. I have also called the customer service line several times and also received excellent help.
Hope your average picks up.
Good luck.
Craig Orput Cave Creek AZ

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The next item I opened, the shopfox mobile base, had obviously been opened before. The Styrofoam casing was broken, the parts bags were opened and bolts and washers were missing form it.
So, off to Home Depot for parts to replace them and those missing bolts from the Jointer.
Anyway, that makes them 0 for 3 now, with the dust collector and lathe still unopened.
They called today to tell me the base for the mortiser was on its way. Their CS has been great. I just don't want to have to deal with CS. Like any kid on Christmas day, I want to play with my toys NOW!
Note: I am not a hard-nosed guy. Was polite, etc., didn't demand replacement of parts I'd already bought, though they offered. Not trying to rip anyone off here. But you can imagine, when something as serious as a jointer is missing parts you get concerned about where this machine has been, etc. That's the real worry.

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This is just so contrary to my experience that I feel I have to post.
I have a G1023SL Cabinet Saw w/mobile base, a G0500 Jointer w/mobile base, and a dust collector. Never any problems with any piece of equipment. All parts were there right out of the box. Everything was fairly well aligned or easy to align right out of the box.
I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with the Grizz.
Montyhp

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I'm just setting up shop again after being out of it for a couple of years. My first was primarily Griz and my experience was very positive too. Everything was there when shipped and a couple of tech calls due to my own ignorance went perfectly. I have to replace a cabinet saw, a jointer and and bandsaw as soon as I get juice wired to the shop. They will all be Green to add to my current Griz products. I'm sorry to hear about your experience, but I'm staying with Green.
Don

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