Hi, my name is John and I am a Tool Junkie #1: Grizzly Tent Sale - Muncy PA - Sept 13, 2008

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Where can you buy 1000 (full size) sheets of (nice, waterproof) sandpaper for $1.00? Those were the first things to go; I managed to grab 2 boxes in the frenzy, one box of 150 grit, one of 280… Need a sheet? let me know!

At 8:00 Saturday morning, Grizzly Industrial’s annual tent sale in Muncy PA opened their doors. I thought I would check this thing out, and actually got there 15 minutes early thinking I would take a look around before the crowds showed up at 10:00 or so… boy was I wrong!

At 7:45, I was probably number 2000 in line, and there were probably 3000 by the time the gates opened. I heard rumblings in the crowd that many people spent the night in tents in the rain in order to be in the front of the line.

Everyone POURED into the scratch and dent tents when the gates were opened. By the time I got there, all the panel cutting saws and most of the table saws were claimed. I did find a diamond in the rough however, more on that in a moment *.

There were tents filled with hand tools, metal working tools, and woodworking tools to satisfy every woodworker from the garage hobbyists (like me) to high end cabinet shops and everyone in between. I have been seeing ads for Grizzly in woodworking magazines since the mid-90’s and I’ve always wondered how there can be enough woodworkers out there to keep them and all their competitors selling enough new table saws, bandsaws, oscillating sanders, dust collection kits etc. etc. to keep these companies thriving. No more wondering, the volume of people was staggering!

Dewalt had a big semi and their own tent. Porter Cable, Milwaukee Tools and a few others also had dedicated tent space and they were all pretty much 20% off their usual pricing.

  • OK, here was my big find of the day. My goal in making the trip was to look for a replacement for my 10 year old Ryobi BT3000 table saw that still works fine, has never failed me, but is not a heavy and accurate as I’d like. I was going to buy a Grizzly G0444Z table saw which was about $50 off for the tent sale. What I found in the scratch and dent tent filled with saws changed all that… and I may have bitten off more than I can chew… but with some patience and work, I think I can make it work.

What I found was a Grizzly G5959 12” professional quality table saw. But instead of being priced at $1750, I picked it up for $399. HOW you ask? Well it’s missing a part or two… OK, it’s missing a LOT. it has no extension wings, is without a fence or rails, has no blade guard or table insert. It i sans a motor cover, doesn’t come with a power cord or the spare arbor the stock unit comes with, and… what else? ... oh yeah, no handles on the cranks for blade height or tilt.

So what did I get? About 500 pounds of cast iron and a massive motor assembly. As far as I can tell the table is perfectly flat, and the trunion, motor and drive assembly appear completely unused and in perfect working order.

In order to make this usable I will need to: (A) get it off my truck – I am building a ramp this evening; (B) get power to it – 30 amp 220 V, luckily I have some relatives who can help; (C) fill the big hole in the table where the blade comes though – luckily Grizzly sells zero clearance inserts (H0629) – I picked up 2 Saturday; (D) Get a fence for it – I’ll have to make another trip to Grizzly. And that’s it! I will have a working, commercial quality saw for less that $600. From there I can work on making an outfeed table that will wrap around and act as the wings too. This saw will make a great base for me to build the shop around.

So that’s about it, the Grizzly tent sale is worth the drive (the guy behind me in line to check out drive in from Omaha) – this will be an annual trek for me. I am glad I didn’t bring the fam, they would have been bored out of their minds, but for a tool junkie like me, it was nirvana!

Here are some pictures – my cell phone cam’s memory was full and this is all I got. I will post more of the saw I bought as I put it together over the next few weeks.

-- John - Central PA -

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#1 posted 09-15-2008 04:33 PM


Great find… you oughta be proud of that.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 09-15-2008 07:15 PM

I love hearing about finds like this. Congratulations!!! You have a quality saw that will give you years of service.

Well done!!!

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

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#3 posted 09-15-2008 07:31 PM

Big saw in little truck…

Big ole table saw!

-- John - Central PA -

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#4 posted 09-15-2008 07:51 PM

crowd “Hi John!...”

Nice score, if a bit of a project. Will you be able to get the handles from them or similar elsewhere? I snagged a couple of old vices last winter off of c’list and only one of them is functional thanks to a missing nut… tracking down parts can be quite a chore. Good luck with it, and I’m sure we’ll all be watching as you build up your saw/workstation.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 09-15-2008 09:03 PM

You lucky dog!!!!!! :^)

My wife won’t let me go there.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-15-2008 09:42 PM

Thanks Scott & Steve!

Ned: The first step toward recovery is admitting that I have the disease! :-)—- Grizzly has many of the parts order-able on their site; I just placed an order for the crucial ones. I think I’ll get a Shop Fox fence from them as well since it’s a really decent Biesemeyer clone for about half the price.

Lew: If you can talk her into letting you go next year, maybe we can share the ride and use the savings on gas $$$ to rent a flatbed trailer… hmmm, better start saving now…

-- John - Central PA -

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#7 posted 09-15-2008 10:04 PM

Thanks, a lot! After my wife reads this (and she will), I’ll never be allowed to go!

Seriously…as someone with a used drum sander and floor-model Craftsman tablesaw, I can appreciate a great deal when I see one…and this is a great deal. Congrats!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#8 posted 09-16-2008 12:15 AM


I’ve been to the tent sale in Muncie about 5 years ago. I didn’t buy much, but did have a great time. it sounds like it has gotten bigger now.

I believe that you can buy the scratch and dent items at other times also. maybe not with as big a discount.

My ex-son-in-law got a table saw that had a messed up fence, and he was going to replace it anyways so for him it was a great buy. Everything else was new.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 08-03-2009 05:30 PM

The saw never got plugged in, just never got around to getting a new 30A 220V line to the garage and since picked up a ShopSmith for my table saw needs.

Anyone want a FANTASTIC 12” cabinet saw?

-- John - Central PA -

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