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Forum topic by ToddTurner posted 04-12-2010 02:25 AM 6279 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ToddTurner

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04-12-2010 02:25 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cutoff miter sled sled table saw crosscut

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.

Todd


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juniorjock

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#1 posted 04-12-2010 02:41 AM

I have the GRRRR-ripper and rely on it all the time. I keep it clean and it works…. don’t know about the other.

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 02:47 AM

I have the grripper and I think it was one of the best purchases I ever made.

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Ingjr

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 02:52 AM

Interesting. I’ve read a lot on both these items and have read mixed reviews on both of them. Thanks for the mini-review.

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juniorjock

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 03:33 AM

Todd, did you get a DVD when you bought the grripper?

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Andrew Betschman

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 03:52 AM

I have the Dubby and it’s not Junk. I would suggest you talk to the maker of the dubby on monday!

-- Andrew, Ohio http://andrewmbetschman.com/

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Sean

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 04:05 AM

dont know about the dubby, but i use the gripper all the time…i’d check the instructions, make sure you got all the parts and that you’re using it right.

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 05:50 AM

Give the GRRR-Ripper another chance , its a great shop aid . I use it with most of my machines . If you have more questions on how make better use of it search Youtube for videos of it in action .

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 06:11 AM

I love my Grripper. It even saved my hand once. Tore a piece of it apart, but I only needed to repurchase that one part. Actually, two parts. Anyway, my only complaint: there’s a clear plastic part that screws onto it and kind of acts like a blade guard. It’s optional; you don’t really need it. The problem is that it screws onto a couple of embedded nuts in little nubs of plastic that stick out. Eventually, they just snap off and then that part is useless. I wish they could have made that a bit more robust.

I made a couple of wooden copies of the push stick backer thingy, as they suggest (because it’s sacrificial). I hardly ever use them, though. I find the rubber surface grips well enough.

Another note. There’s a deluxe kit that includes some extra parts. It was a long time ago, so I forget which parts are extra, but I remember they were important. There’s a plastic part that goes on the side and runs on the table top when your workpiece is too narrow for both sides of the Grripper. That might not come with the basic model, but it is important in certain circumstances.

-- Disappointment is an empty box full of expectation.

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 02:14 PM

Wax on Wax off. You have much to learn Grasshopper.

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

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 02:48 PM

I have had a Dubby for about 8 years. Since I bought the Dubby, I don’t think I have built anything that I didn’t use my Dubby. It something happened to my Dubby, I would not hesitate to buy another one. I suspect you could list the Dubby and the gripper in the Woodworking Trade and Swap on this forum and have no problem selling your junk. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#11 posted 04-12-2010 03:02 PM

I havent bought either, but often thought about getting the Grrr-Ripper. I have read a lot of great reviews on it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#12 posted 04-12-2010 03:05 PM

A link to these products, or mfr’s websites would be helpful. Been doing wood stuff for 40+ years, never heard of either product. Edit: Never Mind…I googled them. Aaack!
Just get a stock feeder, already!

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#13 posted 04-12-2010 03:05 PM

I bought 2 decked-out Grrippers at the woodworking show last year. A friend had a pair for a year or two and liked them a lot but it didn’t make sense to me that they were any different than expensive push blocks. But the guy demonstrating them at the show did a couple of things that got my attention, and my friend was saying, “see, see”. It took a bit of time to get used to using them, but now I use them a lot. They are great (albeit rather expensive) pushblocks when that is all you need, but the accessories make it easy to configure them for cuts that I would not ever do without them.

-- Greg D.

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#14 posted 04-12-2010 03:13 PM

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#15 posted 04-12-2010 03:43 PM

Thanks, Bob#2, I just went there. I’ll put them on my Christmas wish list… right under the Slap-Chop and Graty which I also must have, if I’m going to do anything in the kitchen!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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