The day finally arrived, and there is a brand new band saw sitting in my workshop!! I’m sure now that it would have been easier to have ordered and had it shipped (free shipping), but that wouldn’t have been as interesting.
My husband and I drove to Williamsport PA on Friday, a 6+ hour drive, stopped in to Grizzly an hour before closing to check out the band saws for Saturday purchase. I was almost running through the store scouting everything out, spotted the band saws, and b-lined it over to them (adrenaline was pumping). The GO555X 14” HD was…...
OUT OF STOCK !! No Way !! Upon closer investigation noticed the upper wheel housing sits very low, close to the table. The pictures in the catalog were deceiving. Talked to the salesman at length about the different models, and my husband decided I should get the 17” HD GO413X2. For the extra money (which he coughed up) he figured I would never want for more, and the construction of the unit is better. Bigger table, cast iron trunnions, up to a 1” blade, 12” resaw capability and so on. They took the cost of shipping + a $25.00 coupon discount off the price. Thought about it over night, comparing all the different models features, and decided my husband was right. I would always be able to grow into it if needed. ( I knew there was a reason I married him).
Saturday, the big tent sale day, arrived at Grizzly to find a line to the tents was way longer than I cared to stand in, so went right inside the main store and purchased the 17” HD band saw, before it was out of stock. Out to the tents, all the good machinery was snatched up, and what was left was, for me, was less than desirable- missing parts, burned out motors, items out of calibration, broken cast iron bases, and the likes. Did grab a new 8” digital caliper though.
Back inside the store, I find that all DeWalt products were 20% off, so I grabbed a spare set of 13” planer blades for $44.00. My husband decides he wants me to have a drum sander too. Decided on the 12” baby drum, and he found a 12” X 18” granite block he wanted for lapping metal parts. He’s a metal man. At check out, again to be disappointed, both items were out of stock !! We left with only the band saw.
At the warehouse to pick up the band saw, the loading dock guys laughed when I told them to put it in my SUV.
” Lady, it ain’t gonna fit”
“Oh, yes it is”
“The crate is 82” long, it ain’t gonna fit”
“Take the crate off and it will fit, the saw is 73” we measured it”
“Can’t do that, you need to rent a U-Haul across the street”
My husband tells them to bring it out, he’ll get it in the car himself. They brought it out, tipped it on side and said no way. My husband picks up the bottom of the crate with the top resting on the back of the rear car opening, the guys were telling him he couldn’t lift it, it weighs over 400 lbs, as he lifted and slid it into the car, they jumped in to help. The crated unit hung out the back end by about 8”, we tied the door down, went to Walmart for a pry bar, uncrated it, and slid it in kitty corner against the passenger seat, and closed the hatch!!
My husband is a saint. The passenger seat was all the way forward and tipped straight up. We drove home, I drive, and he has his knees against the glove box, and elbows just about resting on the dash for 6 hours. We did stop to stretch. Hehe.
All in all it was an adventure, can’t say I was thrilled with Grizzly’s inventory levels, or the whole tent thing, but I got to spend an enjoyable weekend with the man I love…and I have a story to go with my new band saw.
Setting it up today, and hubby is running 220v outlets for me so I can plug her in. Life is Good !! : )
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