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Forum topic by Joe Phillips posted 03-23-2013 02:50 PM 953 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joe Phillips

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03-23-2013 02:50 PM

Recently my garage/ shop suffered from an electrical fire and is a complete loss. The fire investigator determined the cause to be my 12” craftsman bandsaw. Anyhow I am in the market for new shop tools and I am looking for some feedback…I have been seriously looking at grizzly tools. The prices are really fair, the reviews have been positive . Does anybody know of a place that deals with good used upper end shop tools ? I’ve researched powermatic, grizzly, steel city, shop fox and jet products. Any help would be great, thanks. Joe

-- Joe

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#1 posted 03-23-2013 02:55 PM

These guys have been known for having some decent used stationary tools:

Also, just curious, but how did a bandsaw burn down the shop? Faulty wiring?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 03-23-2013 03:55 PM

I looked real hard at the Grizz. With all the positive reviews it’s hard not to like their product. In the end I went with General and Rikon. Not because they were any better and they weren’t any cheaper. It was because the dealer’s shop is 10 min from my place and they’re a great bunch of guys . I find it a bit of a comfort knowing if there’s an issue I wont be playing telephone tag, sending emails, screwing around re-packaging and generally being frustrated to death. JMTCW

-- Mark

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#3 posted 03-23-2013 06:55 PM

As far as the band saw being the culprit of the fire, the fire investigator said that was the hottest spot and that the motor was actually melted down. He compared the motors from the other tools he found in the shop to the one from the band saw and it was pretty bad. I had a Dewalt miter saw sitting on the floor nearby and it was nothing more than a puddle of aluminum.
Thanks for the input and I will check out the sight mentioned.


-- Joe

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 01:12 AM

Joe, I feel your pain. I once had a detached garage burn and tried as best as I could to itemize everything lost for insurance purposes. This was before I was heavily into woodworking. I really need to inventory everything I have in the shop now. For years after I would think, “I know I have one of those, oh, that was before the fire.” It is really quite traumatic. Good luck with your insurance company and with putting your shop (not to mention your life) back together.

-- Art

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