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07-26-2017 09:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: power tools jointer band saw grizzly laguna

Hello. I am slowly starting to add tools to my arsenal as I have the money for it, and I’m wondering what some people’s favorite brands are? I already have a Sawstop table saw, Bosch 12” miter glide saw, Laguna dust collector, a Delta drill press and scroll saw, and a Jet spindle sander.

I plan to buy Laguna’s 14|BX band saw at some point, but I have heard some bad things about their support, so that makes me a little wary in spite of the great reviews on the 14|12. I also know Powermatic is good, but I have been looking at Grizzly lately since their prices are so much lower for what you get. I’ve heard good things about Grizzly, but the lower prices makes me wonder if there are any quality issues. Does anyone have Grizzly tools (especially if you have a jointer or band saw) that can speak to the quality of the brand (or hopefully not the lack thereof)? I think the Grizzly jointer that best fits my needs and budget is the G0656X.

Thanks in advance,


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#1 posted 07-27-2017 12:47 AM

If bosch made a 14” or 20” bandsaw or full sized cabinet saw, I’d buy it. I love bosch. From their spark plugs to their wood working relevance (jig saw, bosch 4100, 12v drills, etc).

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#2 posted 07-27-2017 01:20 AM

Personally I’m partial to Powermatic but there are good and bad tools in every line so do your research. For table saws and jointers, consider looking for a decent used Delta or PM. The US made tools remain some of the best ever made in the smaller tools and are really only exceeded by the newer European equipment that is targeted at commercial shops. The newer equipment will have better safety features, but you can often retrofit older machines.

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#3 posted 07-27-2017 01:38 AM

I have a Grizzly dust collector and one of their 20 inch planers. While serviceable, I don’t consider them in the same fit and finish class as Delta, Jet or Powermatic,.

Parts availability would be a big factor, and a large population of similar tools in operation means parts will likely be available forever. So most of my stuff is Delta or Rockwell/Delta.

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#4 posted 07-27-2017 02:05 AM

Grizzly is a direct importer, meaning there is no dealer markup. That, and their shorter warranty make up the bulk of their price difference. They sell lots and lots of tools, and not all are of the same quality…their higher tools tend to have a really good reputation. I’ve had a 6”jointer and 2 hp DC since 2001 with zero issues. I’ve had a Shop Fox W1677 (G1023SL equivalent) since 2008, also without issue. It’s not on par with Powermatics best stuff, but it’s very functional, and you get a lot for the money IME.

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#7 posted 07-27-2017 01:27 PM

I have Grizzly Table saw and Bandsaw. I really like both of them. They are quite good quality for what you pay. I have not had issues with either of them. Obviously they aren’t the same caliber as Powermatic, but you also obviously don’t pay Powermatic prices.

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#8 posted 07-27-2017 02:49 PM

Grizz here with the TS, BS, and wood lathe. No complaints a all. Great tech support.
I wouldn’t touch any new Delta stuff.


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#9 posted 07-27-2017 04:04 PM

I agree 100% with Bill White: Don’t touch the new Delta stuff. Delta is no longer any good.

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#10 posted 07-27-2017 04:33 PM

In my shop I have mainly Jet and Grizzly. My Jet Xacta TS is a extremely solid machine.

So is the Grizzly 20” planer and Grizzly jointer.

I have a Rikon 19” bandsaw which I think the motor is going bad. Its about 8 years old.

The only PM machine I have is a floor mortiser – its a dream.

I recently bought a Ryobi impact and angle drill.

Have to say, so far I am impressed (other than the trigger location on the angle drill is all wrong).

My Bosch 12V impact driver lasted less than 2 years with very light use.

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#11 posted 07-27-2017 04:33 PM

I own power tools by Jet, Delta, Porter Cable, Triton, Festool, Bosch, DeWalt, SuperMax, and Laguna. I’m happy with all of them. My 20 year old Jet contractors saw is still going strong and has given me very good results over the years. I think for the money Jet is a decent brand. When this saw finally dies I’m going to consider SawStop or Powermatic.

I think Festool makes very high quality tools, but they are extremely expensive. If money is not a highly weighted factor I would look at that brand.

I tend to rely on tool reviews quite a bit. If I’m shopping for a specific tool, I look for tool reviews in wood working magazines (e.g. Fine Woodworking) or online. I also check out or woodworking shopping sites and read through the reviews. It’s important to keep in mind that not every good or bad review should be considered a valid source of information. Sometimes the person that posts it is a moron.

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#12 posted 07-31-2017 04:38 PM

Thanks for all the input guys. It sounds like my opinion of Grizzly is accurate: not the best available, but a good low budget option.

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#13 posted 07-31-2017 04:58 PM

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#14 posted 07-31-2017 09:43 PM

Just remember they are cheap in part because you do the quality control. Grizzly does not design or build their machines.


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#15 posted 07-31-2017 10:57 PM

My favorite power tool is inexpensive, works well, and lasts a long time … that eliminates a lot of contenders!

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