Grizzly Green Tools Discontinued and Replaced by Polar Bear Series

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Forum topic by WoodNDust posted 09-21-2012 03:49 AM 3625 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2012 03:49 AM

I had been looking at the G0562Z 3hp dust collector but noticed today that it has been discontinued. The G0562ZP (Polar Bear Series) has replaced it. My hunch is that the summer sale is clearing out the Taiwanese green in favor of new Chinese production Polar Bear tools.

Has anyone else noticed this?

Do you prefer Chinese or Taiwanese tools?

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#1 posted 09-21-2012 02:56 PM

How sure are you that the Polar Bear series items are made in China? The reason I ask is that I have the 2012 Grizzly catalog, and many of the Polar Bear items have the same “MADE IN TAIWAN” badge that the green items have (the G0703P dust collector is one specific example).

There are also a lot of the “green” items that do not have the Taiwan badge.

As for your question, I suppose on general principal I would rather do business with a non-communist, more-or-less allied country as opposed to one who seems to be hostile toward us much of the time. Also, at least in my own experience, we seem to have been importing tools from Taiwan a lot longer than we have from China, so they might have some advantage of being a more “mature” trading partner. But I really don’t keep up with that type of thing much.

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#2 posted 09-21-2012 03:26 PM

If the green tools are being discontinued, and I’m not saying that they aren’t, they sure are taking their sweet ole time doing it. What is it now, 2-3 years that the Polar Bear tools have been available?

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 04:03 PM

I personally don’t get it….

Green was associated with General or Grizzly… now that General is belly up it’s Grizzly’s color (and they ride on the association with and reputation of General).

White is anybodies color. And Jet doesn’t have, in my view, a reputation for being super premium, to ride the coat tails of.

White looks clean… untill it gets dirty… and it shows the dirt much more readilly.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 05:01 PM

A few thoughts…

General appears to be alive and well...

Walk through any industrial machinery dealer. Green is a very common, even generic, color on older machinery. Even Powermatic used green paint at one time.

The only folks I’ve ever heard refer to green paint meaning Grizzly were hobby woodworkers.

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#5 posted 09-21-2012 08:02 PM

General is discontinuing some their Canadian made tools….they’re not belly up AFAIK. They still offer a large line of Taiwanese made General International tools….all green. PM has a history of some green tools, as does Bridgewood, Woodtek, Rikon, and others.

As mentioned, I doubt Griz’s situation is as straight forward as all the green Griz tools being made in Taiwan and all the Polar Bear series being made in China. I’d error on the side of caution and check with Grizzly.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#6 posted 09-21-2012 08:15 PM

Looks like I got my info. about General hosed up…. I thought all of their product was made in Canada and that when the Canadian plant shut down they were gone.

-- It’s the knowledge in your head, skill in your hands and motivation to create in you heart that makes you a woodworker. - Mainiac Matt

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#7 posted 09-21-2012 09:35 PM

Grizzly probably got a bargain on a huge amount of white paint….

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#8 posted 09-22-2012 02:06 AM

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#9 posted 09-22-2012 02:20 AM

Lifesaver2000 – syenefarmer – ssnvet – knotscott – Greg The Box Sculptor—thanks for all your input. I looked at a bunch more Grizzly product and found some Polar Bear made in Taiwan too and Grizzly Bear made in China. I guess I had been looking at too few products. I appreciate the input.

Also, in my search of the forums, I discovered that several folks were predicting shortly after the Polar Bear series was first released that they would be sold out and discontinued. Three years later they’re still here. Interesting and fun. It’s another way to be excited about wood working.

By the way, I sent email to Grizzly about the G0562Z dust collector that was discontinued. They’re holding one for me and the price dropped another $80 it looks like. And then I looked and now Grizzly is showing this item on their website again at the reduced price. Great customer service. They’re helpful. I also imagine they like to shake us up a little from time to time. LOL.

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 03:34 AM

Well, I looked on the Grizzly site tonight and notice that the G0562Z that I ordered and was supposedly discontinued is now available on their site again.

Okay, Grizzly! :)

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 08:49 AM

I always assumed the Polar Bear series was a result of Grizzly and Shop Fox merging.

-- Rick M,

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 12:36 PM

wormil – good point.

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 01:41 PM

General went belly up? I hope not. Anyway, their website is still up and running

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