Grizzly Machines can they be used Pro?

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Forum topic by marlin posted 10-31-2012 06:44 PM 3824 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2012 06:44 PM

I’ve been reading LJ just about everyday for about a month, just joining now. I’ve been researching the whole time about machines to set up a work shop. First as a hobbyist, but with the hopes to go pro. Projects would be tables, chairs, desks, cabinets, and the related pieces.

After reading all the rave reviews (quality, service, and price) about Grizzly’s machines, I’ve pretty much settled on them for a TS, planer, jointer, and dust collection, but I do have a doubt though. Does anyone have experience with using grizzly machines and having gone pro? Do they hold up for constant use, everyday, for hours on end, or should I start looking at a different brand? For the price they are very tempting, but I don’t want to have to replace after going pro.

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#1 posted 10-31-2012 07:08 PM

Big names have plenty of Grizzly machines in their shops. We’re talking guitar makers like Gibson, Fender, Taylor and others. The Grizzly catalog show you exactly what machines they have bought off of Grizzly. Grizzly offers everything from very inexpensive hobbyist machinery, to very specific expensive machinery for mass production. Take table saws, for instance: They offer everything from a contractors saw for a few hundred, all the way to a 14” sliding table saw for more than $11 grand… Bandsaws from $400 to $16 grand for a horizontal resaw bandsaw…. 25” planers costing $10 grand… 51” wide belt sanders costing $20 grand… Yeah, I’m sure they have a whole lot of commercial sales!

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#2 posted 10-31-2012 07:10 PM

It is certain features you’ll want as your skills and needs
grow. Even using machines professionally in a one-man
shop your machines won’t be running anywhere near
all day long.

When you go pro you’ll start thinking about buying line
boring machines, edgebanders and wide belt sanders, not
basic machines.

If there’s one suggestion I could make, it would be to
skip the standard table saws and get a slider, especially
if you intend to build frameless casework.

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#3 posted 10-31-2012 07:39 PM

A friend of mine has been using a Grizzly 2hp DC, 3hp TS, 8” jointer, 2hp 17” BS, DP, and an edge sander professionally….some for more than 10 years with no issues that I’ve heard him mention. He’s got a small 1 to 4 person shop, and his machines don’t run 24/7. More importantly than whether the usage is professional or hobby, is the frequency, duration, intensity of use, the appropriateness of the machine for the task, and how well maintained they are, etc. Treat them right, and a lot the Grizzly tools should be fine.

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#4 posted 10-31-2012 07:59 PM

Depending what your going to make and the particular piece of equipment you buy sure you can use Grizzly equipment.
I’ve heard some folks with high volume work and lots of employees say some of their grizzly equipment did not hold up.
As for me and my one man shop my many Grizzly tools have held up very well and I’m very pleased with all of the tools I have.

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#5 posted 10-31-2012 08:33 PM

Marlin, the short answer is yes grizzly will do the job for you..My first grizz. machines were a 15 inch planer and a 3hp shaper. I bought these two in about 84 or maybe 85. I was pretty skeptical at the time. After using the planer for a site machine I finally sold it about five years ago, still working well mind you. And the shaper is still being used on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis. The only problem I have had with the shaper was the need to replace the spindle cartridge and have the motor rebuilt : this was after only about 26 yrs of professional use. I have to tell you that the grizz shaper was not my first shaper or only shaper meaning that I usually use it as a dedicated machine therefore it did not get the full impact of all of my operations but still pretty good I wood say. I have an 8 inch spiral head grizz jointer that is ok but just ok. Fence adj. mechanism is sorta rinky-dink but it serves the purpose. For a while I had a grizz 19 inch bandsaw and it was just ok but I dont think it would make the long haul in a pro shop. I also have had a 14 inch grizz and dont recomend a 14 inch bandsaw of any kind ! By the way about 6-7 yrs ago I did buy another 3hp shaper to compliment my other two shapers. No complaints other than a little underpowered but I have a big boy for when the going gets tuff. Most of my equip. is delta (early 70s thru 80s vintaage). Each unit was sought out stratigically and individually. I dont know how long the grizz. equip. I have will last but Im sure the delta will outlast it by a large margin. If you are buying new I would not hesitate on grizz. In my opinion (based on exp.) it is the best bang for the buck anywhere. Enjoy the journey ! JB

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#6 posted 10-31-2012 08:49 PM

Just a word about something I’ve seen happen a lot here. Don’t over buy the tools, Usually the more expensive a tool is the bigger the material it handles. If you’re not using 8/4 stock, you can save a buck by not getting huge high voltage machines. Match the machine to your work and you’ll be a lot happier in the long run.

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#7 posted 10-31-2012 09:05 PM

I own a Grizzly 17” bandsaw for resawing wood and would not have any hesitation for using it in a production environment. In fact, it is my hope to do woodworking as a part-time business.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#8 posted 10-31-2012 09:25 PM

I bought a Grizzly 15” planer in 2005 and have used it commercially, since. I upgraded it to a Shelix head last year and am even happier with it. I also have a Grizzly floor model drill press that works good. My advice would be to check out the tool reviews by the major woodworking magazines and see how they rated them. I’ve also had a few Grizzly tools that I posted on Ebay, just because of the quality or they wouldn’t do what I wanted them to.

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#9 posted 11-02-2012 12:05 AM

I agree with cabmaker, ” is the best bang for the buck anywhere.”

-- Art

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#10 posted 11-02-2012 12:34 AM

Thank you all. The info puts me at ease.

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#11 posted 11-05-2012 04:11 PM

I bought the Grizzly Joiner for around $400 and couldn’t be happier with it. It works beautifully. Positioning the motor and belt was a little difficult, but it’s run well ever since. Great buy for the money

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#12 posted 11-05-2012 04:11 PM

Am now thinking about the drill press

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#13 posted 09-14-2013 11:43 PM

My shop for the most part is all grizzly. I own a 10” 3hp cabinet saw, 3hp dust collector, 3 hp shaper/1 hp 4 wheel power feeder, 17” Band saw, Radial drill press, Osculating spindle sander, 6 X 80 floor model edge sander, 8” jointer with Byrd Spiral cutter-head, 15” planer/Byrd spiral cutter-head,along with quite a few bench-top tools as well.
I do not think you can close to Grizzly for quality or price. My oldest piece is probably my table saw from the early 80’s
the only problem I have ever had was with a small power-feeder that they stopped carrying parts for. I have sold off old models to buy newer usually getting as much for the units as I paid for them.

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#14 posted 09-15-2013 12:27 AM

I buy most of my rough cut lumber from a friend that has a pro shop. His business is mostly Hard wood flooring and mouldings. He has plenty of Grizzly machines in his shop and been going strong for over 10 years.

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#15 posted 09-15-2013 07:41 PM

In the cabinet shops I’ve seen, most of their production machines are of a specialized nature, like gang saws, multi station shapers, very largs belt sanders and large air compressors and air drying eqiupment. and large dust collection systems. Grizzly does carry some of them. Most of the special machines, I have never heard of. One shop I saw had a 10” cabinet saw pushed off in a corner. It didn’t see much use. The shops I’m refering to only had about 8 employees.

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