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Posted on Rank Amateurs ongoing experience with the Grizzly Bear

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#1 posted 11-10-2012 01:39 AM

Thought I would update a bit for you guys. Got the dust collector assembled. Overall not a bad experience. Even though there was no damage to the cartons, The dust collector did take some damage somewhere. Possibly in the manufacture and packing stage since the type hits I saw would have ruffled the box if it occured in shipping. The main unit has a large flange on the top which had a corner dented down. This was the worse, but it wasn’t anything a redneck with a pair of vice grips couldn’t straighten out. Fortunately another large flange piece fits over top of this one so the cracked paint etc associated with the damage and repair is completely invisible. The other hit was on the underside of the large round band that the cannister and bag are attached to. Again, a little work with those vice grips was able to take care of it. For the most part it assembled fairly easily, but if I had it to do over again I would have a few taps available and run through the bolt holes cause especially on one piece none of the threads were cut well. At one point I had to make one of the bolts sacrificial and use it going thru the backside to cut the threads out of the piece before I could get the pieces bolted together. It takes up a lot less room now that it assembled than when it was in 2 boxes. I plugged it in and thru the switch but unfortunately nothing, and I do mean nothing, happened. At this moment though, I can’t swear that the plug I put it into is even live. I’ve never used it. It was late, so I didn’t even bother checking the breaker box yet, but I’ll get around to that and post a update.

Most of today I spent unpacking all the myriad of smaller boxes and inventoring and inspecting parts for damage as I don’t want to have to wait until I’m assembling something to discover something was wrong, plus all those boxes hanging out the front of my garage I’m afraid are a temptation to thieves. Of all the things on that order only one thing was missing, and it was the cheapest thing I had ordered. 2 2” wire clamps for dust hoses. As for parts quality, inventoring and inspecting the pieces of the shop fox mobile platforms, both units had 1 fixed caster that was faulty in the same manner. They have outer plastic bushings around the wheels and these were shattered on one side. I called the bear’s tech people and they said no problem, they will ship replacements for these parts right away.

While not related to this order, just a honorable mention, also today I received a Bosch 1” Rotary Hammer. (I know, off topic, not woodworking). Well I plugged it in and it fires up fine, so no problems seen there so far, but when I opened the paperwork envelope, instead of finding a owners manual for a Bosch Rotary Hammer I found a manual for a dremel moto tool. The warranty card and calling card etc were for a Rotary Hammer though, so it wasn’t just someone putting the wrong packet in. Well a toll free call to Bosch has a manual heading my way, and in the meantime the lady walked me thru the few things I needed to really know to work the thing, so just wanted to mention looks like Bosch has good tech support.

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