I bought a Griz table saw a little more than two years ago. Went to
pick it up at the dock and the shipping cartons had completely fallen
apart. It was literally a saw sitting in the middle of a pile of
cardboard and kindling, but every piece was in perfect shape so I took
it. It's still working fine but I left the dock thinking "Hm. What a
concept. Self-destruct packaging."
Yesterday I went to the same shipping dock to pick up my new G0586
jointer. This time, both boxes were in fine shape. The cardboard box
with the stand was a little beat up but no dents or holes. The bed was
in a long solid wood/fake wood box, unhurt. Both boxes looked like they
were ready to ship out.
I'm thinking Griz is getting better at this stuff. :-)
I just received my G0500 8" Jointer - the one recently top-rated by Fine
Woodworker Mag. Grizzly actually had it on backorder, so I had an extra
week or so to wait. But, the FEDEX Freight delivery was top notch and
their truck came with a liftgate and the driver wheeled it right into my
workshop(garage)with the pallet mover. Not a scratch on it, either.