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Forum topic by RickRogers7 posted 07-23-2010 02:50 AM 7274 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RickRogers7

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07-23-2010 02:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jointer grizzly

I was curious if anyone knew anymore about the new Grizzly Polar Bear series machines? For example the G452P says “This machine is identical to our model G0452 with the exception of the dazzling white color and incredible introductory price.”


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live4ever

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#1 posted 07-23-2010 02:51 AM

They are identical to their green counterparts except for the color. The intro prices are very, very nice, but depending on the machine be prepared to wait.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 07-23-2010 04:39 AM

Most of the Polar series are back ordered.

The only difference is the color and price, but who knows if the quality is the same.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/category.aspx?key=6

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Kathy

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#3 posted 07-23-2010 06:20 AM

I ordered one (G0555P) online last Sat and received it yesterday. Maybe I just got lucky!!

-- curious woodworker

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#4 posted 07-23-2010 01:12 PM

I didn’t see any difference between those to models. But some of the other products, like the bandsaws there is a big difference in price. Maybe I’m wrong, but that much of a $ difference, makes me think there is a big difference other than color. Just between the 2 band saws that I looked at. There was big difference between the G0513 and the G0513X2. Is the trunnions and the blade guides.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 10:08 PM

The new G0513P is supposed to be identical to the G0513, not the G0513X2. Not sure exactly where it’s at, but the X2 is 418 pounds heavier shipping weight, whereas the others are both 342.

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 11:26 PM

I admit that I am confused by the Grizzly Polar Bear series and I can’t quite figure out what their marketing strategy is.

Offering the same product with a different color and a lower price does not make much sense.

I don’t see what advantage they get out of offering a new line of products.

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

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TheWoodNerd

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#7 posted 07-24-2010 05:39 PM

Well, I for one think the new color is more appealing and better from a marketing point. As for the lower pricing, could just be economic pressure and the “new” line gives a convenient point for an “introductory” price to stimulate sales.

-- The Wood Nerd -- http://www.workshopaholic.net

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kwblack

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 04:52 PM

Grizzly has the Polar Bear 14” GO555P for $472 shipped. Top of my band saw (wish) list.

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 06:32 PM

The polar bears will soon be extinct (limited offer), I think their strategy was to get people introduced to their tools in hopes they will become lifelong customers and purchase other grizzly tools down the road.

-- Dave, from ND "The mind is an infinitely long workbench, and its cluttered with half-finished thoughts and ideas, sometimes we need to clear off the workbench and start again from step one."

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Steven H

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 09:19 PM

Looks like global warming taking affect on those polar bears.

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polyhedron

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 09:31 PM

I’m not really in the know, but my guess is that the Polar Bear Series is a limited edition series of tools … due to the economy.

What this does for Grizzly is allows them to set lower prices for machines that they expect to move at lower prices. In the future, when (err…. if) the economy comes back into swing, they will probably decide to:
1. Discontinue the PBS;
or
2. Apply new features to green and Z-series machines to justify the higher price.

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Steven H

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 11:10 PM

I don’t think they will discontinue it.

I think they will increase the price of them like the green tools when the economy gets better.

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Russ Anderson

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#13 posted 11-03-2010 05:53 PM

The one difference that I can see other than the color is that the regular models are advertised “Made in an ISO 9001 rated factory”. These new machines could be produced in a different facility that’s not ISO rated. I’m not saying that you can’t make a quality product without an ISO rating, only that this is the difference that I see. I would like to see both machines side by side and compared.

-- Russ

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Simons44

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#14 posted 11-03-2010 08:11 PM

I’ve taken full advantage of the polar bear series. Band saw, jointer and my hybrid table saw just shipped today. The only difference is the color. I don’t care about color, just performance. A few people have mistaken them for Jet tools.

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Scott

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#15 posted 11-03-2010 09:14 PM

I think they are trying to stick it to JET after the lawsuit over the color white.

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