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#1 posted 06-08-2011 10:07 PM

Rich is absolutely correct. I have both a jet 14 w/riser…and a grizzly 17” extreme….I have kept both because I use the 14” to do scroll type cuts (plus I would not get much out of selling it….and it doesn’t take up much floor space on rollers) – it has a carter guide and thin blade. The grizzly does all the hard stuff…and it can handle it. What I noticed in the 14 is that it is underpowered to do decent resaw….and to cut some of the hardwoods that I use alot. It will cut them eventually….but at an ever slowing rate (subject to burning the edge as one point or another)....the 17 goes through them like shite through a goose.

I have had nothing but excellent results from Grizzly’s customer support…the call when they say…they send what they promise….and go hard at it to give you what assistance you require….One bad review does not convince me of a trend – just take a look at Laguna….one nightmare after another for customers….it is sad as they used to be top notch.

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