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How many of you use the Gripper and what is your assessment

by Bob #2
posted 09-11-2007 08:18 PM


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 09-11-2007 08:30 PM

Hi Bob,
I recently bought one. Checkout this thread, there’s quite a few comments about it.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#2 posted 09-11-2007 09:36 PM

Hey Bob,

I bought 2 of them a couple of years ago. For many tablesaw jobs, they are a real asset. As with all things, though, they don’t do everything. I use the GRRippers in a leap frog fashion for ripping thin stock, and when dimensioning hardwood. I don’t recall using them for sheet goods. I find that they are terrific for woods that may wander and for smaller pieces. They don’t replace featherboards and pushsticks, but they do add an added way of getting a piece of wood through the saw. If you want to test drive them, I’ll send mine to you to try out. We have a courier that runs to Edmonton everyday, and for 13 bucks you can test drive em for a week or so if you like.

Tom

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Lori

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#3 posted 09-11-2007 11:48 PM

I have had the GRRipper for sometime now and really like it. One of these days I am going to buy a second one.

-- Lori

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 09-11-2007 11:57 PM

Mot yer too kind. I ‘m most concerned with being able to fit up the new addtions to the older style Grr rippers.
I had one in my hands at Lee Valley but couldn’t get the information I needed at the time.

Thanks agian for the offer!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Don Niermann

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#5 posted 09-12-2007 02:54 AM

I have two of them. I have usede them for several years and think they are one of the best new products that come along in years. If you buy them get the DVD that tells how to use them and don’t rely on the manual that comes with them. It will make a world of difference in how to use them. Its only about $10.

-- WOOD/DON (...one has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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mot

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#6 posted 09-12-2007 03:26 AM

The handle and tailhook additions? I think you’re a crafty dude. Make em.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob #2

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#7 posted 09-12-2007 04:09 AM

Is that all?
Shoot, I thought I was going to miss something!

Thanks Mot.

bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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mot

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#8 posted 09-12-2007 04:18 AM

I have the GRRippers with all the platforms and doohickeys on them, just not the angled grip lifts and the tailhook. Offer still stands, big fella! I might even be able to find ya the instructional DVD.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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brunob

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#9 posted 09-12-2007 04:22 AM

I have had one for a month or so now. I use it a lot and think it does just what they say it does. It came with the CD which is helpful. Great safety tool but don’t throw away your push sticks.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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jsheaney

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#10 posted 09-12-2007 04:57 AM

I had one until recently. I did something rather stupid on my tablesaw and got into a kickback situation. The Gripper got chewed up pretty good, but my hand is fine. Although it got ripped out of my hand and flew into the wall behind me, I don’t think my hand ever came close to the blade.

The thing about the design is that it puts a real protection between you and the blade. In general, it actually rides over the blade; completely enclosing it. It kind of acts like a blade guard. Now that I think about it, if there was one improvement I would make it would be to make it (or maybe just the top) clear, so you could see the workpiece moving through the blade.

I was going to pick up a replacement at Woodcraft last weekend during their sale, but I never made it. It’s on the list.

-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.

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Buckskin

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#11 posted 09-12-2007 05:01 AM

I don’t have one but after looking at them I think they are a wise addition to the shop. Anything to help you keep your parts!

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 09-12-2007 02:43 PM

Bois d’arc ( wood for the archer) or bow wood used by natives In America.
Here's a link to more about the species and why it was prized as a bow wood and oddly a source of dye.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Hawgnutz

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#13 posted 09-21-2007 10:48 PM

Hey, Rockler has it on sale for 39.99! I just grabbed one after almost losing a finger or two!

Looks like a great addition to push sticks and featherboards! I wil let you know how I like it, but you may miss the sale!

God Bless,
Hawg

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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Bob #2

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#14 posted 09-22-2007 12:55 AM

I got mine at Lee Valley for $69.00 or so with the extra attachments.
I used it today for cutting some 1/4’ strips for a jig.
This is the first time I have ever been completely comfortable with that cut up against the fence.

It’s a good tool .

LOOKS LIKE IT MAY BE ABLE TO HOLD THE BACON FLAT WHILE IT FRIES TOO. I ‘ll keep you all posted.

http://www.leevalley.com/wood/page.aspx?c=2&p=49712&cat=1,43000
Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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rance

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#15 posted 01-25-2011 09:35 PM

I seem to recall someone building their own version of this a few months back but I’m unable to find it here on LJ. Could anyone else direct me to that blog? TIA.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Loren

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#16 posted 01-25-2011 09:45 PM

They work. If you chew up the rubber on one of the shoes,
they won’t sell you a replacement strip to glue on, only the whole
shoe for about $20. Ruining the rubber is inevitable if you do
narrow ripping with it.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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juniorjock

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#17 posted 01-25-2011 10:33 PM

Try this one rance http://lumberjocks.com/projects/14510

The OP was David Bethune. It’s probably hard to run a search on it because it seems like everyone spells it different.

- SY

- aka JJ

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Donna Menke

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#18 posted 01-25-2011 10:53 PM

I would not use my table saw without it. It is the greatest.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Chriskmb5150

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#19 posted 01-25-2011 11:09 PM

I have one and like it. I really like the little tailhook although im still a little skittish about using it to rip cut 1/4”.

-- Woodworkers theory of relativity - the quality of your scrap is relative to your skill level

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rance

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#20 posted 01-26-2011 03:08 PM

Thanks for the link JJ. I normally like to build things like this but I just may buy this one…. or two.

Loren, I’d guess that a proper mouse pad for a computer would work just as good, maybe even cut ridges in it like the one on the Grr-Ripper.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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newwoodbutcher

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#21 posted 01-28-2011 12:37 AM

I love the GRRipper

-- Ken

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Loren

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#22 posted 01-28-2011 09:18 AM

That’s a good idea, Rance. I met the inventor at a wood show. It is
a good product, but since chewing one of my Grippers up, for narrow
rips I mostly use a “disposable” push stick and featherboards. The push
stick gets carved up in the process – it’s the kind that sort of looks
like a pistol only held upside down.

The Grippers are still very useful for router table work, grooving on the
table saw, and some rips, especially a quick one-or-two piece setup
where setting up featherboards is a hassle.

At the end of the day I would say I’ve found magnetic featherboards
and “Board Buddies” more useful for ripping on the table saw.

In general I’ve moved to using the band saw for ripping thin strips of
solid wood. Of course the cuts are a little rough but a planer fixes
that and the bandsaw consumes a lot less wood in the kerf.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Moron

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#23 posted 01-28-2011 10:37 AM

what did i miss ?

i feel foolish for not having one ?

:’)

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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Donna Menke

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#24 posted 01-28-2011 03:58 PM

Loren- with the Grrripper it is important to check your set-up. . . more than once. Just like the miter with adjustable fence (which I have managed to put a good nick into) you need to remember that every little change will probably require a different arrangement for the tool.
Measure twice- cut once.
Move the fence- check the Grrripper.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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tedth66

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#25 posted 01-28-2011 05:12 PM

The GRRippers are a must-have in my book. Like Mot I have two of them and use the leapfrog method. Not only do I use them on my tablesaw I also use them on my jointer and router table.

-- Ted

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juniorjock

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#26 posted 01-28-2011 05:30 PM

One of the best investments I ever made for my shop. It took a little while to get used to running my hand over the blade, but it’s not too bad now. But I’m not so comfortable with it that I’m not safe.

I think the video that comes with it has a segment where a guy is cutting thin pieces and he just pushes the rubber backing right though the blade. I guess if that’s the only size he’s going to cut using it, it wouldn’t matter that the blade made a groove in the jig.

- SY
- aka JJ

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Bob #2

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#27 posted 01-28-2011 06:28 PM

One of the problems with using Grr-ripper effectively is trying to do too much with it.
Like most tools it has it’s limitations and you should carefully studly them before attempting some cuts with it.
I hear constantly about guys and gals tearing up the pads while cutting narrow strips.
Grr-ripper is designed to cut strips down to 1/4”.
Anything less and you wil be disappointed.
I had to replace the pads on mine after 2 years. ( about $30.00) and that’s chump change for most wood workers when you consider how much we consume in a peroid like that.
One thing that helps me conserve my Grr-rippers is this little jig for thin strips. If you do a lot of them I would suggest you give it a try.
http://mywoodadventures.blogspot.com/2011/01/thin-strip-tablsesaw-gauge.html

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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