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Forum topic by bruc101 posted 08-10-2018 02:27 PM 1457 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bruc101

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08-10-2018 02:27 PM

I had a friend call me this morning and said he was getting ready to order a new lathe from Grizzly. He said when he looked at the final price, $118.75 had been added to it for tariffs. Needless to say, he didn’t buy it.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Wood-Lathe-with-Copy-Attachment/G0842

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#1 posted 08-10-2018 02:54 PM

So, he’s off to find a Made in the USA lathe now? Or perhaps going to make one of these?

No tariff on that.

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#2 posted 08-10-2018 02:57 PM

Nope. He was on his way to buy himself a Harbor Freight lathe.

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#3 posted 08-10-2018 11:28 PM

Of course, Harbor Freight lathes are going to be more expensive too.

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#4 posted 08-10-2018 11:39 PM

Good to see an actual number as gives people real world results of how the system works (whether truthful or not another issue). Best part the price won’t return to pre tariff. May drop some or stay the same and they will float bigger “sale” prices to entice buyers. Or Grizzly will drop quality control to drop price.

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#5 posted 08-11-2018 01:47 AM



Good to see an actual number as gives people real world results of how the system works (whether truthful or not another issue). Best part the price won t return to pre tariff. May drop some or stay the same and they will float bigger “sale” prices to entice buyers. Or Grizzly will drop quality control to drop price.

- TravisH

+1

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#6 posted 08-12-2018 02:18 AM

I expect that the “Tariff Fee” is about right – that is to say it costs that much more to import the tool. Te rates have been well documented. With that in mind, I doubt if Grizzly will be offering bigger sale prices. They have to make enough money to make it worth their while to stay in business. It is just like a corporate tax increase. It isn’t the company that suffers – it is the customer.

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#7 posted 08-12-2018 03:26 AM

Art – also add, the American worker who were and are hammered by subsidized foreign imports…

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#8 posted 08-12-2018 03:36 AM

I wouldn’t let 118.75 steer me into buying a Harbor Freight tool.
That’s just me.
I would look at what the total cost is and see what else I could buy for the same amount of money,
probably even try to find something used.

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#9 posted 08-12-2018 10:20 AM

$118.75 put the lathe out of his budget. He’s on a fixed income like millions of Americans are. He tried for 6 months to find a used lathe and nothing here where we live, very seldom find a used lathe show up here unless a shop is going out of business and has one for sale.

He could not find anything within his budget anywhere but HF. He came to my shop and looked at the three HF lathes my youngest daughter and I use and said that’s all I need.

He not only saved over $300, he got himself a lathe that works for him. That made the difference between him owning a lathe and not being able to own one.

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#10 posted 08-12-2018 01:41 PM

HF tariff policy.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 08-13-2018 07:41 PM



HF tariff policy.

- Lazyman


That was the Grizzly tariff policy, not HF’s.

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#12 posted 08-14-2018 04:31 AM

Whoops. Was wondering how the tariffs would affect HF when I was typing.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 08-14-2018 11:02 PM

A guy in our guild just put a Jet lathe( Reeves Drive) up for sale for $400. I can send his mane to anyone interested.

We have 2 Jet lathes at school and for the money, the HF would be just as good. As a matter of fact, the spindle pulleys broke on the one at school and there are no parts available on E replacement parts. We ordered the parts from Harbor Freight .. same as the Jet, and the M900 from Australia and probably the Grizzly!
I don’t know if Grizzly actually got hit with the tariffs yet on the machines they received, but they are fast to get on the bandwagon to make a case for an increase. I like Grizzly tools and almost bought their electronic speed control lathe, but it was only 220 volt. I bought the Nova instead

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#14 posted 08-15-2018 01:50 AM

Now might be a good time to buy old iron as an investment

-- Ken

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#15 posted 08-18-2018 07:47 PM

I think HF will be hit hard by the China Tariffs, or their quality will get worse than it is now.

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