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Forum topic by WoodNDust posted 671 days ago 1664 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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WoodNDust

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671 days ago

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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Lifesaver2000

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#1 posted 671 days ago

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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syenefarmer

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#2 posted 671 days ago

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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Mainiac Matt

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#3 posted 671 days ago

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.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#4 posted 671 days ago

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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knotscott

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#5 posted 670 days ago

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.

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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 670 days ago

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.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 670 days ago

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

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Steven H

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#8 posted 670 days ago

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WoodNDust

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#9 posted 670 days ago

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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WoodNDust

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#10 posted 661 days ago

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.

http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/3HP-Double-Canister-Dust-Collector-/G0562Z

Okay, Grizzly! :)

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Rick M.

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#11 posted 661 days ago

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

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WoodNDust

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#12 posted 661 days ago

wormil – good point.

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mcase

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#13 posted 661 days ago

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

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