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mikeber

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01-15-2017 09:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw tablesaw drill press

I just came back from the New England Working show:
http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/schedule.html

It was interesting and many companies were there in addition to seminars.
Powermatic and Jet were represented with many tools. However, I was hoping to see Laguna, Rikon and Grizzly. None of them were there. Where can I see their band saws, tablesaws, etc on display? (Yeah, I know Grizzly has a showroom in MI, but don’t they participate in any woodworking shows?)
What about Laguna?


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#1 posted 01-15-2017 09:37 PM

I don’t see Grizzly at either of the major trade shows and haven’t for about 6 or 7 years. Rikon and Laguna have always shown at AWFS (even years) and IWF (odd years) but those are in Las Vegas and Atlanta but they generally don’t do many if any of the small shows.

Given you went to West Springfield you are probably close to a Rockler or Woodcraft (there is one in West Springfield I think) both Woodcraft and Rockler generally have some of their line of RIkon and Laguna bandsaws on display, some more than others, I suggest you call to see if they have what you want to look at on the floor.

Edit BTW the closest Grizzly showroom to you is in MO not MI, they used to have one in PA but closed it, their main offices are in WA and they have a showroom there as well. You can call Grizzly and see if they have anyone in the area that has the saw you are interested in that will show it to you.

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#2 posted 01-15-2017 10:41 PM

Oh man I didn’t realize there was a show in my area! Too late now
Ugh

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#3 posted 01-15-2017 11:01 PM

Interesting that Grizzly conducts their business without physical exposure to the market. After the PA center closure, it means almost no presence in woodworking centers.
Laguna – I once noticed them at a metalworking show. But woodworking business, nada. I have a woodcraft not far away, but no Laguna tool is on display. None.
On the other hand, Powermatic and Jet have intensive presence everywhere! At the show, they exhibited probably 20 machines (including independent exhibitors that used Powermatic to demo their merchandise). The local Woodcraft also has Powermatic on display.

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#4 posted 01-15-2017 11:18 PM

Again go out a little farther and try the other Rocklers and Woodcrafts almost certain one within reasonable driving distance has the Rikons and Lagunas on display. It is actually rare that one doesn’t but WC usually has more floor space dedicated to machines.

Price is the main metric that sells Grizzly and trade shows are expensive. If you consider the big trade show and a professional walks in looking for say a sliding table saw and they look at Martin, SCMI and Felder why would they buy a Grizzly… pretty much budget alone. Saving trade show expense helps keep the prices down. For most people the first Grizzly purchase is on pure faith, probably even more after they shut down their Muncy showroom.

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#5 posted 01-16-2017 03:52 AM



Interesting that Grizzly conducts their business without physical exposure to the market. After the PA center closure, it means almost no presence in woodworking centers.
Laguna – I once noticed them at a metalworking show. But woodworking business, nada. I have a woodcraft not far away, but no Laguna tool is on display. None.
On the other hand, Powermatic and Jet have intensive presence everywhere! At the show, they exhibited probably 20 machines (including independent exhibitors that used Powermatic to demo their merchandise). The local Woodcraft also has Powermatic on display.

- mikeber


Yes there is a reason why PM and Jet are so more expensive than Grizzly. That exposure cost money and someone has to pay the bill.

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#6 posted 01-16-2017 05:05 AM

The show I go to in Michigan has sawstop, Rikon, jet, powermatic, super max sanders, nova and general international machines on display. I have purchased a Rikon lathe and disc belt sander at great discounts the last two years. The company that puts on the show sells those brands in its store.

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