I was in the same position about three years ago because Griz was an
Since then I visited their Springfield store, talked to other owners and
eventually bought a 1023s cabinet saw, some of their power hand tools and
some shop accessories. A couple of thoughts.
There is probably no more 'risk' with Grizzly than any other mainstream
manufacturer (example: Delta, Jet, Powermatic, etc). All have great tools
and most have doggies. Griz has some dogs. When I started searching for a
cabinet saw Unisaw and Jet were in the competition and Griz won on best
value. After 2-1/2 years I still feel the same.
If you cannot get to a Grizzly showroom (a neat experience), call them
regarding the tool you are looking at. They will provide phone#s of up to
two folks in your general area that have made similar purchases. I did this
before I bought my 1023 and the local owners pushed me over the line.
I have found their product support to be great. My saw arrived, on dock, 36
hours after I placed the internet order. From what I hear this is typical.
The store personnel were among the most enthusiastic and accommodating I
have met. However, at the end of the day you have to do the homework
yourself. I think Griz is a candidate in nearly any search.