I went to th woodworking show in DC yesterday and had a great time. Every tool you have ever read about was there bieng shown and sold. I was dissapointed that the big names werent there-Powermatic, Grizzly, etc. Kreg stuff was there and so was Woodpeckers. Distributors Im sure.
I bought (I am embarassed to say i bought these things, but I am amongst friends, right?) a Dubby, which is a cutoff board or a crosscut sled. And, i bought the GRRR-ripper. Both looked great at the show and i have read about them. I dont do the impulse purchase thing. (Again, I would be less embarassed to be caught in my boxer briefs at the Home Depot than to admit i purchased these).
These things are both pure junk. The gripper has a tail thingy that can act as a push stick and grab the end of the material. It cant be a grripper AND a push stick. So, use it as a gripper only-then the dust wont let it grab and it slips and allows the board to be in blade too long. The push stick and feather board cant be beat-period. Should be named GARRRRRRRRRR-bage.
And the dubby-the American translation is junk. Its made of very cheap MDF. THe instructions leave out how to put 4 of the pieces on, which are made of soft pine. Come on guys-at least give us hardwood. One of the parts that didnt have install instructions was the degree gauge. What a cheap piece of crap. DON’T DO IT!
I hope i save you guys the anguish and grief. I am usually very choosy and know my tools. I read some good stuff about these and I am still disappointed. I guess you live and learn huh.