The bug is starting to gnaw at me again to buy a big tool and I'm thinking 8"
jointer this time. I'm intrigued by the Grizzly G0500 which appears to be a
best buy at $875 direct from Grizzly (plus $75 for shipping).
There are a number of woodworking events this weekend in Charlotte, NC including
a show at the Merchandise Mart, a smaller event at Blume Supply on South Blvd,
and even a big sale at Klingspor's, also on South Blvd.
Blume has the Delta 37-380 in stock for $1095. There would be no shipping
because I could just go get it. Their "show" begins on Friday and the salesman
told me the jointer would be included but he didn't know what the discount would
be. He said he won't know until the rep tells them what is authorized.
Does anybody have any advice? Has anyone bought one of these big jointers at
one of these events? What kind of savings should I expect?
One of our local stores has an annual event. They offer 10% on most items,
including power tools. I've not seen more than that. Don't expect the
Delta rep to wheel and deal either. I asked for a minor change on something
promoted at one of the sales and was turned down. I walked past him
wheeling out my Jet DC instead.
Woodworkers supply has these Vendor Days (dunno what else to call it, couple
times a year) as well. I purchased a unisaw, with mob base, got 10% off and
was given the tenoning jig. I've been to a few of these "sales/shows" and it
seems that all vendors give a 10% discount.
I've used both the Grizzly and the Delta, they are both fine machines.
Get the one you want!
10% maybe...as a long time tool dealer there is just not much margin to
be made on a tablesaw. The dealer has hardly any thing to "play" with.
I sold both Delta and Jet. I always admired Delta because they held
firm on their prices and did not play games. If a tool manufacture
begins to play games where does it stop? The promotion is what it
is...nothing more nothing less!
My wife gives me all kinds of grief over things like this. And she's
right, of course. Two years later, I can't remember what I paid for a
power tool, without looking it up.
But I know, for absolute certain, whether I like the way a tool performs,
sets up, and is serviced.
1 - Tool quality, and suitibility to purpose
2 - Dealer service, pre- and post-sale
3 - price
That's the priority in MY calculus. YMMV. I have the great good fortune
that $100 or two isn't going to change my life a great deal in the short or
And I'm thinking there's a tool corollary to that old saying:
"Every person passing through these doors brings me joy. Some, by coming,
and others, by leaving."
not sad to see _some_ tools go...
I'm leaning towards the Delta. I've seen some stuff to suggest Grizzly has a
few design flaws with the G0500... specifically, they say it's very difficult to
align drive pulleys because there's no way to get a straight edge inside the
housing. Plumb bobs are fine if your floor is level; mine sure as hell isn't.
I'm still trying to figure out how I'm going to manhandle this beast into the
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