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Forum topic by steve223 posted 01-15-2010 05:24 PM 3206 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2010 05:24 PM

I have a strong mechanical background and I am interested in starting into woodworking as a hobby. I have been researching table saws and am interested in getting feedback on the quality of Grizzly Tools and more specifically the Grizzly G1023rl table saw. Looking forward to reading what everyone has to say. Thanks.

-- steve223

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 05:30 PM

Can’t speak to their tablesaws, but I bought a G0452 jointer about a year ago, and have really been happy with it. When it arrived, one of the knives was nicked, so I emailed their CSR and they shipped a replacement set of knives right away.

I don’t know if he is on LJ’s, but the owner of Grizzly is often online at Sawmill Creek (, and I have seen him address customer problems and questions online.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 05:57 PM

Steve – It’s tough to make an accurate blanket statement about an entire line of any tool, but IME the bigger Grizzly machinery has been extremely competitive for the price….no so much with the smaller hand and benchtop type tools. The owner is an avid luthier and woodworker, and frequents many of these forums. Their quality in general has improved steadily over the years, and they have excellent customer service.

Their 1023 series cabinet saws are especially well proven. I’ve have a Shop Fox W1677 that’s essentially identical to the G1023SL, and have been very happy with it. My G12282HW jointer and G1029 DC unit are also both very good machines. A friend of mine has been using his G1023S commercially for the past 10 years. He also has a 17” Grizzly BS, a G1029 Dc, and an 8” jointer that have all served him well.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 06:09 PM

I like the 6 pieces of Grizzly equipment I have.

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#4 posted 01-15-2010 06:39 PM

I can only say from the drum sander I bought off Craigslist, they seem to be built well. Havent got to use mine, but I removed every single piece to clean and lube, all parts seem to be well built. I have a blog about it so far and my avitar is a pic of as it sits.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#5 posted 01-15-2010 06:51 PM

Thanks alot guys. I’ve been wanting to get started in this hobby for awhile now and my money is finaly right to make a couple of tool purchases. I started out thinking that I’d buy something like a Homedepot contractors saw to start out with but the more I reasearch the tools the more I’ve come to think that I should wait until I have a few more dollars and buy a higher quality table saw that I will be satisfied with for a long time to come. When I learned about Grizzly it seemed like they had good quality at a price I could afford. My decision is pretty close to being made and I thought I’d try to get some input on a couple of these forums. Thanks again.

-- steve223

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#6 posted 01-15-2010 06:56 PM

Purchased a nicer bandsaw from them. Love it, very solid and accurate.

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#7 posted 01-15-2010 06:58 PM

If you can find a ridgid r4511 at home depot right now they are $299. VERY VERY good saw!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#8 posted 01-15-2010 06:59 PM

I own 2 grizzly tools, a lathe and a jointer. I’ve been very happy with both. A general statement I think you can make about their woodworking tools is that they strive for simplicity of design. Simplicity is a virtue. I can’t envision anything breaking on a Grizzly that I could not repair myself if I can get the parts and Grizzly is famous for good customer service.

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

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#9 posted 01-15-2010 07:01 PM

I have been very happy with my Grizzly tools: Disk sander, Bandsaw, jointer, drum sander, planer.
They are “meaty”, made in ISO factories with quality control and good specs, and customer service from Grizzly is the best I have known. Grizzly – the best bang for the buck without a doubt.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 01:58 AM

Greetings: Honestly….... I have to say that Grizzlys suck pretty bad for me. After 2 bad experiences with them, I wouldn’t own one if it was free coming through my door. You can throw them to the pup as far as I’m concerned. A lot of jocks own and swear by them, but not this fat man….. I detest them. Just read the reviews on a lot of their products, and you’ll see why I feel this way.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 02:07 AM

12” jointer, 24” bandsaw, stationary spindle sander, 12 disc sander all from Grizzly. Good tools for the price.
My only complaint is small stuff like the dust collection on the spindle sander could have been designed for better efficiency.
I have not bought any of the small power tools so cannot say a thing about them.
I did by their Japanese chisel set and have been satisfied with them as well.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#12 posted 01-16-2010 02:56 AM

I have bought one piece of equipment from Grizzly, a shaper, and it didn’t work right off the pallet. The switch was bad. Customer service was helpful and shipped me a new one. Shaper works fine, but I would not buy another machine from them. A new machine should work plain and simple and I shouldn’t have to spend my day fixing their new equipment. Roll the dice, you’ll either get a good saw, or you will curse them everytime you hear their name. There is a reason their prices are among the lowest.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#13 posted 01-16-2010 03:28 AM

Rhett, there is a reason their prices are among the lowest, and it’s simple and logical…Grizzly is a direct importer with no retail markup. Many of their machines come from the same factories as Jet, GI, some PM, some Laguna, Woodtek, etc. It’s unfortunate, but that same switch could have just as easily been bad on a PM, Jet, or Laguna machine that cost more. I don’t believe Grizzly has a defect rate that’s any higher than anyone else’s. I read far more positive comments about Grizzly than negatives on these boards…for every problem that are several happy campers…same is true for most major brands….there’s not a defect free brand on the market. Sometimes a dealer’s support is worth the premium that’s charged for it and you can let them sort out the issues, but there are many folks who prefer to be their own middleman and save the money.

That’s not to say that Grizzly machines are among the finest and most precise machinery ever made, but they sure offer a lot for the money with most of their machines. If the machine suits the need, odds are really good that Grizzly will be competitive. It could be said that there’s a reason they have such a huge loyal following too.

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 12:39 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments. I’m pretty sure that I’ll be going with Grizzly.

-- steve223

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#15 posted 01-16-2010 03:33 PM

Steve sells Grizzly tools. I believe they are the same price on Amazon as direct through Grizzly. Check out Amazon. As others have mentioned user reviews are great for tool purchases. Often people will tell things that you did not realize about the products features. Also, you can shop all brands siimultaneously, and sort them by price. Amazon is definitely very cool.

Good luck.

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