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Blog entry by rdray posted 12-31-2009 05:26 AM 779 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am trying to decide whether to buy a Grizzly table saw (contractor type) or a Shop Fox. also a band saw. which brand is the best? I do have a Shop Fox dealer close.

-- rdray

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 05:45 AM

Brands are subjective, of corse you get what you pay for. I won’t lie i own several Shop fox machines, wich get the job done every day for us, but there not nearly as nice as my Delta equpment or my Italian machines. I suggest if you can’t afford a new one by a used one at a discount. The are allways good deals on craigslist.

-- I cut it three times and its still to short?

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 05:50 AM

I was going to buy Delta but have heard so many negative remarks about the new Tiawan stuff, even from dealers. Their time may have past.

-- rdray

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 05:54 AM

Shop Fox and Grizzly are made by the same company one usually has a white paint job and my have a more 1/2 Hp but are basically Grizzlies.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 06:17 AM

Based on my experiences with 2 Grizzly machines, a 6” jointer and a lathe, I am a Grizzly fan. Their machines are designed to be ultra simple to work with and, if necessary, repair. Their customer service it GREAT. I admit – I do not have a Grizzly table saw or bandsaw but if I needed either, Grizzly would be first on my list.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

#5 posted 12-31-2009 06:59 AM

i use mostly grizzly tools in my shop and i have to say the cabinet table aw i bought this year is the bomb and grizzly tools stand behind their machines look at the pics of my shop at the saw i love the outfeed table that comes with the saw i can rip or cross cut full sheets of ply with no help and the price was just right a lot cheaper than other models with less hp and table size

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 11:05 PM

Here’s a deal i just ran a cross it may be a little to far away though. Looks brand new

-- I cut it three times and its still to short?

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 01:56 AM

I have Grizzly Tools, osculating spindle sander, 20” planer, 8” joiner, 14” band saw, 24” double drum finish sander
belt and disc sanding center, a jet cabinet saw with 52” fence, 2030 Makita 12” planer 6” joiner combo.
I saved a lot of money buying the Grizzly tool’s and I have had them for 7 years with no complaints. I would buy them again in a heart beat. I don’t know to much about shop fox other then they look similar. I have not seen
any new Grizzly tools so I can’t say how they are today! All that I have the ground tables are true and hold their perpendicular settings with no adjustments needed unless they have been moved to obtain angles other then the 90 they are set at. Good luck on your decision.

-- Dennis in Iowa "You can have 30 years experiance or 1 year 30 times!!!!"

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