Well I did it again, I ordered from Grizzly and got what I should have expected.
I’ve been wanting a tenoning jig, I read some reviews, Grizzly is rated a good value, generally as functional as any other brands. I looked at the pictures of the grizzly and others and decided the grizzly looked just as good and was substantially less money. I’ll be reviewing the tenoning jig in another thread but for now here’s a short intro to other stuff I found in the box.
I ordered the jig, $65 w/ shipping so I thought I might as well piggyback on some of the shipping and grab a couple other items. So I ordered two supposedly timberwolf bandsaw blades and a 6 inch outside caliper.
The bandsaw blades are advertised by grizzly as genuine timberwolf. I couldn’t tell when I received them, no identifying marks of any kind. The blades were simply bare raw blades, coiled up and thrown in the box with the calipers and the 20 lb tenoning jig, all bounced around together. I’m not kidding, the blades were just tossed in the box with no protection, not even wrapped in plastic or shipping paper. Nothing at all to identify them as timerwolf blades, who knows what I bought. This picture is just as the blades looked when I removed them from the box.
The calipers came as I should have expected. They were trapped in a plastic bag, but as soon as I opened the bag the caliper sprung apart and half a dozen pieces ended up on the floor. The threaded rod that sets the calipers was cross threaded in the nut and stripped out. I’m used to junk like this from Grizzly so I kind of expected to have to reassemble and fix things they send. I figured I could just screw it all back together. Not this time, the setting rod is pretty much stripped on the end. I’ll have to try to find another threaded rod or just toss em in the trash, should have known better.
The tenoning jig itself came in a box, packed in styrofoam. So that all sounded good until I unpacked it. I dont know how it happened but the styrofoam packaging was crushed and busted in the box and pieces were piled up and scattered within the box. The jig looks salvageable, but we’ll see.
The pictures of the scattered parts and the busted foam are just as the box came. I only lifted out the jig and thats what I saw beneath.
I know, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I should have known better, but those “low” prices and “best value” awards got me to lower my guard. Hopefully the tenoning jig turns out better.
This experience pretty much mirrors my experience with grizzly tools as described in this thread on grizzly quality