Grizzly sighted ... near the Rockies ... minor injuries

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Blog entry by NBeener posted 11-08-2009 08:47 PM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s here:

When they tell you that it takes 20 or 30 people to move it—particularly up or down stairs—don’t be an idiot.

It really does.
I (as in me and nobody else!) had a ‘weight belt on,’ but … I’ll be on Ibuprofen and the gym’s hot tub (and—if I beg—SWMBO’s back rubs!) for about a week.

At this particular moment, I don’t even care what this thing will do. I just want to feel better … and THEN I’ll start tearing into stuff :-)

Safety first. Safety always. We’re (well … I’M) NOT thirty, anymore LOL!


-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 08:53 PM

Very nice. I’d love to get a bandsaw, but the primary reason I want one is to resaw boards so I can’t justify the cost of getting one large enough to do 12” boards. Enjoy the new toy!

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#2 posted 11-08-2009 08:54 PM

Grats….and I hear that about the weight….I had to use an engine hoist on mine to lift the top onto the pedestal…..the same when I set up my new lathe….weight may be a woodworker’s friend on equipment…but it’s not a back’s best friend…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 11-08-2009 09:33 PM

That is a nice looking saw, Neil. I am sure you will enjoy using it when you get over your “injuries”.

But I can empathize with you about “going it alone”. When I set my new saw up last spring the instructions clearly stated that help was needed to lift it off the pallet. The base weighed in excess of 250 lbs. But I thought I can do it- after all it is simply a matter of leverage. Needless to say I danced with it across floor of the shop and managed to dent both shins trying to get it upright- which I finally did after losing several layers of skin.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 11-08-2009 10:06 PM

To heck with the injuries, they’re worth it just to have that fine machine. Get well soon and please watch your fingers!
Oh, and congratulations with you newest acquisition. Did that have a riser kit installed?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 11-08-2009 10:19 PM

Now I know I need a bigger workshop…............LOL. I need one of these myself.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 11-08-2009 10:30 PM

Scott: Thank you for the honesty. I really didn’t want to feel like the first and only. Hope the shins work again ;-)

Reggie: CHERRY PICKER!!!! I could’ve rented one of those for peanuts. D’OH! For that matter, $20 worth of block, tackle, and nylon webbing, hung from my joists. I’ve had insomnia, lately, and my IQ is lower than the re-saw capacity of the Grizzly :-/

Jimi: to the patient man, I see the used ones often, clean, and cheap (last, locally, was a Powermatic).

Mike: Bought the 6” riser block. I just noticed that there’s a PILE of lumber … just sitting there … a block or so away. Sent a letter to the guy. If he’s doing nothing with it …. oh, boy, could I practice!

Cabinetmaster: Can’t go UP? I’ve got 9’ ceilings in the basement. I could slam up a pretty workable little mezzanine if I had to ;-)
Ibuprofen’s kicking in. Wife (Nurse Practitioner) offered me a Darvocet (gonna’ pass … for now), and strapped a bag of frozen peas to my back :-)

I spring back fast. Once I get it tuned, I’ll risk running IT with my Shop Vac (with my new Sears Fine Dust Filter in place).

Not endeavoring the HF DC until I consult the Electrician about a sub-panel, 220V, and a handful more circuits.

Hm. Where IS that thousand dollars going to come from, anyway [sobs … uncontrollably] ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#7 posted 11-08-2009 10:30 PM

Congratulations on your new tool addition. Something tells me that if you ever move / build a new house, you’re going to have a walk out basement or a shop at ground level. lol Let us know how she performs when you recover.


-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#8 posted 11-09-2009 12:50 AM

When really heavy stuff goes up and down stairs in this house, I call the movers to come and do it. Big, awkward moderately heavy stuff is usually my wife wanting some piece of furniture moved. She usually enlists me to help. Fortunately, she is quite strong for her size. Goes to the gym 5 days a week.

Doesn’t it really hurt to invest in infrastructure, when you could spend the money on goodies? Oh well, what must be must be. Got to go make some zero clearance inserts….....or not. I am a little lazy today.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 11-09-2009 01:30 AM

Nice saw.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 11-09-2009 04:04 AM

Congratulations on the new band saw. I have the Grizzly GO513X2, and though I only had to move it around on ground level they are heavy. My husband brought it into the garage on a movers hand truck, one with a strap to go around what your moving, and plunked it inside the door. When he wasn’t looking I moved it into my area where I wanted it set. It took all my weight on the hand truck to tip it up. I can’t imagine moving one of these up a flight of stairs.

Rest, ice/heat, ibuprofen, and the remote in hand. You’ll be back in the shop before you know it.

Don’t forget to order Timberwolf blades to replace the factory blade. Factory blade is awful. Just an FYI.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#11 posted 11-09-2009 05:39 AM

Very nice, I have the model just below that one, I love it, don’t really even have any “beware of” tips. If it were up to me I’d beg for the back rubs. You used up your pride moving that thing by Yourself. Enjoy it.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 11-09-2009 12:41 PM

when you tangle with a grizz…your down for the count……...i knew you would tackle it alone…....if the peas dont work…try stir fry veggies… im glad you have gotten it and you really do need to upgrade your blades….!!!!!!!!!!!!!............there not to expensive…....well worth it… congrats there buddy..get to feel better…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 11-09-2009 02:17 PM

I have the same one with 9”riser block and have been cutting some log and do some re sawing of some lumber I found and thr 555 work the a champ love it glad I both at the tent sale grizzly has

-- Robert Laddusaw and no I am not smarter then a fifth grader ( and no I canot spell so if it is a problem don't read it ))

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#14 posted 11-09-2009 02:27 PM

I’m seriously thinking about getting this saw. Perhaps you could write a review when you feel better?

When I went out to Grizzly to get my G1023SL cabinet saw last month, the first stop was at Home Depot where I bought a hand truck and some tie-downs. With them I managed to get the saw out of the truck and down the two sets of stone steps in my yard to my shop door. But it’s not an approach I would recommend to the faint of heart, there were a few scary moments. My back wasn’t happy either, but that passed.

Feel better and enjoy your new toy!

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#15 posted 11-09-2009 04:23 PM

Awwww, Chunk: ya’ hadda’ go and say it, huh? Only TWO things we couldn’t get on this lot: walk-out basement and three-car garage … and … yeah … I really wanted both ;-)

Grizz: Thanks!! I’m consulting my local expert (brother-in-law) about which brand AND whether you need several or not. Seems there’s a good intermediate width that WILL do a good curve AND a good re-saw (theory, right? Just theory). Looked at the box of Fentanyl patches, last night, and …. believe me … thought about ‘em <grin>, but … nah. Ice and heat (I finally went with frozen spinach. Extra vitamins!).

Robert: Great to hear. There’s only about 400 choices, so … I rolled the dice! Enjoy yours!

Bunkie: I gave a LOT of thought to the ‘appliance’ dolly route, but … eventually … laid the bs atop an old quilt, and THAT atop a knocked down heavy-duty, double-walled corrugated box. I stayed on the downhill side and prayed it wouldn’t get momentum. The injury came from trying to beat that bad boy on top of the stand. It didn’t look very far ;-)

As to ‘reviews:’ I just don’t know how I could do. I may try, but … every tool is my first tool. I wish I could say that the Grizz does X better than the Rikon, but WORSE than the Laguna, etc., etc., etc. Without that … is there much value? I don’t know what’s a lot of noise, a lot of vibration, a lot of drift, etc.

And, OhByTheWay: Polk Audio man, myself. Same wonderful pair (the 7’s) since 1983 :-)

-- -- Neil

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