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Forum topic by MrRon posted 01-07-2014 10:07 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2014 10:07 PM

Based on my personal buying habits, all of my machinery purchases have been from local dealers except for one. I bought my Powermatic jointer off Amazon. The reason why I like to buy locally is; I can examine what I’m buying before buying. I can’t do that with Grizzly, so I don’t have any Grizzly machines. Bad things can and do happen when heavy machines ship and are handled by people who could care less about damage. Although I don’t like to deal with the big box stores, they are local and returns or adjustments can easily be made. I have some machines that weigh more than 1000# and when I bought them, I personall would oversee the entire move to ensure it’s safe delivery. It’s unfortunate that not everybody lives near machinery dealers and have to rely on trucking companies to deliver. I would rather drive 6 to 8 hours round trip and pick up myself than to have someone else do it.

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#1 posted 01-07-2014 11:04 PM

I buy mine from Grizzly. Only damage I ever had in shipment was fixed quickly.

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 11:13 PM

The only big machine I have bought online/mail order was my Grizzly jointer.

The other stuff (tablesaw, bandsaw, lathe, drill press, planer, etc.) I bought locally. The planer was a CraigsList find, the other machines all came from local dealers.

Certainly, being able to examine the merchandise before I buy it is a factor, but of equal concern to me is my desire to support local businesses and try to keep at least some of the dollars in the local economy.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 01-07-2014 11:17 PM

Ballew Saw and Tool located in my home town and carrying all major brands, including my personal favorites—Powermatic and Festool.

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 11:46 PM

I’ve bought from rockler and woodcraft. like you, I prefer to see what I’m getting. but i’ve bought from grizzly with no problems. a pleasant surprise package on my porch when I get home is nice too.
I’ve bought from Lee Valley and lie Nielsen; with no problems at all. Now that we’re talking about this, I haven’t had any problems with any companies as far as shipping or the product received. OMG… have I just jinxed myself!
I take it all back!

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 11:55 PM

I’m always glad to hear success stories. I have read horror stories about people buying on-line and having to spend lots of money and aggrevation time to return goods. If you are one of those, I feel for you. Buying on-line or from a distant merchant should be as good an experience as buying locally. Buying locally is always the best way to go because, as noted it supports the local economy. The only time I buy anything on-line is when it is not available locally.

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#6 posted 01-08-2014 12:05 AM

All of my stationary machines were purchased from the same dealer (3 hrs round trip, but close enough)

I do like to “kick the tires” and ask questions. It’s also nice to compare machines in a place where they are on display.

My preference is to spend locally when I can but that’s not always possible. I’ve really not had any issues with the stuff I buy online.

-- Nicky

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#7 posted 01-08-2014 12:06 AM

Several of mine are Grizzly mail order: 14” bandsaw, jointer, belt sander, workbench. My Sawstop, grinding wheel, large bandsaw and Laguna dust collector are from local woodcraft. Planer and router, a local independent hardware store. I think the miter saw might have been from them too. A mini lathe from and a big lathe from a friend of mine in Colorado (on condition that I came to pick it up and visit!). I don’t remember where I got the scroll saw but I think it was online. A few other things and two other workbenches were from local garage sales.

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#8 posted 01-08-2014 12:27 AM

Many of my tools are from Grizzly also.

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#9 posted 01-08-2014 12:38 AM

It’s got to be a lot better then ordering from the Sears Catalog back in the late 1800s.
I got nothing around here except HD and Lowes, unless you count Sears as a viable tool store anymore.

So my choices are limited.

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#10 posted 01-08-2014 12:57 AM

I’m fortunately located less than 30 minutes of driving from several excellent machine dealers, Coastal Tool, Tools-Plus, and Brian’s Tools, in addition to a Woodcraft store that stocks a decent number of machines. Tool Nut is a bit farther in NY State, and I’ll occasionally visit Grizzly in PA….

I’ve never bought a machine that I didn’t personally examine a showroom example, usually side-by-side with alternatives.

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#11 posted 01-08-2014 01:33 PM

I have several Grizzly tools and am very happy with all aspects of my purchases. I picked up my last Griz jointer purchase at their Springfield MO showroom/warehouse. The others I had shipped in and they arrived just fine. I buy from whoever has what I want, when I want it at a fair price with good service. If that is Grizzly, then fine or Woodcraft, Rockler, Lowes, Home Depot or Harbor Freight Sears or a great local company like Ballew Saw in my old hometown. Spending locally does not always guarantee that your money stays local.

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#12 posted 01-08-2014 02:52 PM

I buy most of my machines used. Broken or neglected is even better, aside from the usually setup that would be needed with any new machine, I have the opportunity to check out everything else on and in the machine. Even after extensive restoration, I have found that I’m usually spending less than buying new and I’m getting exactly what I want.

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#13 posted 01-08-2014 02:55 PM

mostly used – can examine and fiddle with it make sure it all works, and for less $$$ than new.

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#14 posted 01-08-2014 04:23 PM

I bought my Delta 12” Compound Miter Saw new when Delta finally came out with an accurate laser that
was durable from Montana Tool. I bought my Dewalt planer from Fasteners Inc. when I was working there,
all my other big tools were bought used and rebuilt. I like to kick the tires, and I also like rebuilding

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#15 posted 01-08-2014 04:40 PM

I have not bought a new machine in more than a decade.

No machine I presently own was acquired new at retail.

I’ve bought from Craigslist private sellers, cabinet shops,
churches, through and through ebay.

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