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Forum topic by steve223 posted 01-15-2010 05:47 PM 2262 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-15-2010 05:47 PM

I’m just starting out in woodworking as a hobby and I’m wondering about the quality of Grizzly Tools in general and more specificly the Grizzly G1023rl. Looking forward to reading your comments. Thanks.

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#1 posted 01-15-2010 05:54 PM

HI Steve
Grizzly is my favourite equipment company I have 6 of there great pieces of equipment and I love all of them.
They also have great customer service.

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#2 posted 01-15-2010 05:58 PM

I got the Grizzly 8” jointer G0490 a month ago and so far I love it. The tables were true and it has plenty of power. Their customer service was great too.

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#3 posted 01-15-2010 06:04 PM

My first Grizzly tool was my G0555X band saw. The threaded rod that serves as the tension adjuster was badly threaded, rendering the machine unusable until I either chased the threads or awaited a replacement part.

I did both. I now love the machine.

My second is a benchtop mortiser. The base plate has holes in it where the upper portion of the mortiser are to be mounted. The holes were NOT drilled in the baseplate squarely, meaning that the mortiser, itself, mounts at an angle, and that the fence cannot be readily squared to the base. The extension block similarly, wasn’t machined properly. If/when I put this in place, it will further compound the error.

They have promised to send me out a new baseplate. Meanwhile, I ripped an angled piece of wood, and have used it as an auxiliary fence to get me by. Once done, I’m thoroughly enjoying that machine, too.

That’s two for two on quality control defects on my Grizzly machines. I’m seriously considering whether I’m okay with the brand or not.

If I can get my head around Grizzly as a sort of Harbor Freight operation (low prices. if you get lucky, you get one that works and works fine. If you do not get lucky, you may have to do some modification, make a trip to the hardware store, or await some working parts from Grizzly, at which point it’ll likely work fine…) then I’d move forward with them.

But … a1Jim has had a totally different experience than I have, and with three times the number of Grizzly products, so ….

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 02:10 AM

Greetings all:

Everytime I read about a Grizzly product, more or less, it’s always bad. More problems with them than any other machines I know of. Quality control and workmanship are not that great. All you need to do is read a lot of the reviews. Just look at the problems Beener has had with his tools. To me, it ain’t good business when you have to call and request parts, send machines back (see the review longhornbord45 did on his “new” jointer in Reviews), spend your money to do it, and still have troubles, and it still ain’t right…. no thanks….

To me, that’s throwing good money after bad in my book. Didn’t mean to rant, but that’s my thoughts…

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 03:22 AM

Own that very tablesaw, a G0555 bandsaw, and 8” jointer, and a few smaller tools. Great price for good, solid machines. They’re not the flashiest out there (I’m looking at you SawStop and Powermatic), but as long as you treat them right, they’ll give good solid performance for less $. All tools look the same covered in sawdust, and if it cuts well, what difference does it make? I used the money saved on more tools.

I’d say a win. I second that about customer service, too. If I had any more tools to buy, I’d seriously look at Grizzly.

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 03:31 AM

My cabinet shop is full of Grizzly tools. 14 if I count right. Happy with all of them. In 2000 my shop burned and I lost all my tools , which were Grizzly. I have replaced them all and a few more. Can’t beat them for the money.

-- mike & judy western md. www.

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