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Forum topic by darthford posted 11-17-2013 09:16 AM 1362 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-17-2013 09:16 AM

I really don’t like receiving something different than what I ordered but I might be okay with it in this case…I was uncrating the new Shop Fox 1743 mortiser and what the hell that’s the Grizzly, no the stand says Shop Fox and its white…its actually the Grizzly but different than the Grizzly. Stick with me.

Here’s the I guess older Shop Fox W1743 that’s on clearance, same pic on the site and in the manual. Note the short base that bolts to the stand. Also the column mounts to the base on a center hub with 2 bolts one on either side, this old center hub design has been around a long time. The Grizzly is completely different as you will see below.

Here’s the Grizzly, its $500 more than the Shop Fox, note the long base and the column mounts differently, it rides on those arched L shaped brackets. There’s only 1 bolt ‘P’ at the top front and rear (2 bolts total) that lock the column in place, more on that in a moment.

Now here’s the machine I received, its nearly identical to the Grizzly and nothing like the Shop Fox above. There are a couple of differences from the Grizzly though. Look at the bottom of the column, they only machined a partial arc, maybe half of the column bottom is arced the rest is flat and does not contact the L shaped arced base it rides on. On the Grizzly there is a bigger arc and more contact area.

More importantly this Shop Fox has 4 bolts locking the column in place vs 2 bolts on the Grizzly. I specifically did not buy the Grizzly because it only had 2 bolts and felt this was a design flaw. They tried to beef up the Grizzly vs the old design Shop Fox but I felt they failed by only going with a single bolt front and rear. Low and behold they changed this on the re-designed Shop Fox they shipped me.

Here’s the back of the Grizzly compared to the machine I received above.

I found one issue already, the column was not locked in place it was loose and just flopped over to one side leaning on the crate (face palm) of course it was leaning right on this locking lever and bent it. Tomorrow I’ll get this uncrated the rest of the way, cleaned and inspected. There are other differences, I get what’s going on here Grizzly is trying to bring the Shop Fox design up current with the Grizzly would be my guess.

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 03:43 PM

Excellent analysis. I do agree that the single bolt seems puny. A good washer, machined like the one on a tablesaw, would help some on that model.

Meantime, outside of the bent part, sounds good. Perhaps it would merit a trip to your local auto recycler or maybe here to get an appropriate badge for the unit.

Looks like lots of fun mortising is on the horizon, darthford.



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#2 posted 11-17-2013 04:01 PM

“Hybrid” lol that’s funny Lee I don’t care who you are. Overall I think I came out on top with this purchase and saved $500 to boot.

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