I finally sprang for one these gizmos and it's a cleverly engineered little
I had been eyeing the thing for awhile and just as a number of others here I
was dubious about the value.
I'm still dubious. I doubt that it would be terribly complicated or time
consuming to construct a similar jig that would accomplish the same thing.
But having received a bit more of a tax refund than expected, I splurged.
My first disappointment was when I opened the box and discovered that the
GRR ripper required assembling.
It would probably have cost the company another 10 cents per unit to have a
Chinese laborer assemble the gadget but for the asking price...........
Maybe a patent search was expensive.
Maybe the engineer was very well paid.
Maybe they don't sell enough of the thingies to appreciate volume pricing.
Whatever, I expect to use it in good health. ;-)
Well, they did include a nice DVD explaining how everything works so
they get a plus for that. Maybe I'm spoiled from being accustomed to
ready-to-use tools. ;-)
It's the price vs the immediate usefulness of the thing that perturbed me.
I've had a pair for almost ten years. They're used on every project that
goes out the door.
It takes a while, but once you use them on a couple of tasks that are
made safer and easier because you have them, like when doing non-through
cuts, ripping thin strips for edge banding, controlling parts easier on
the router table, and face jointing on the jointer, you will grow to
appreciate them more.
I would not hesitate to get two more were these to go missing. If they
do nothing else, they give you better control when passing stock over
bits and blades while allowing you to keep your hands out of the danger
zone for those one of kind accidents that weren't supposed to happen,
but do ... and those are the accident's that bite the worst.
AAMOF, both of mine have blade marks on them that would have been on my
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