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02-06-2014 10:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly tablesaw drill press jointer planer lathe new woodworker name brand bandsaw

I’m starting up a shop and I’m looking to get new tools (e.g. Table saw, bandsaw, drill press, planer, jointer and lathe).
I’ve been shopping around and it seems like Grizzly offers the best machines for your dollar. But, I know that looks can be deceiving. I don’t personally know any woodworkers. I live in rual Georgia, no tools on craigslist. What is the best way to go about setting up shop? Is Grizzly a good company? I never see any grizzly products in videos. Everyone seems to have name brand tools. I don’t want to set up shop, with grizzly tools if the stink, only to close down shop in six months because the tools break. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I want to use my dollars wisely because they are hard to come by. If grizzly isn’t good what about them isn’t good? If not grizzly than what other options are their besides name brand tools? Thanks for your help, from a woodworking greenhorn,

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#1 posted 02-06-2014 12:48 PM

I am in the same boat. My father did some wood working and I always wanted to get into it once I retired from the Navy. Well here I am I just purched a MK 7 shopship and some other tools to get started. I have my 12X20 shed in the back yard so my dream is starting to come together. Know I just need to figure out what to do with it all. I think my first project will be a wine rack. I don’t know anything about Grizzly but I have looked at there tools and found them interesting good luck on your adventure.


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#2 posted 02-06-2014 05:11 PM

In general, Grizzly is a good value for the dollar.

How about this: Shop Grizzly and identify one model (name and number) of each tool that fits your needs and your budget. Post that list in this thread.

You will get multiple responses that will be positive—”yes, I have this jointer, and it was a good investment.”

You’ll also get negative ones, and I would hope those would be followed by a recommendation of another brand that is equivalent in features but demonstrably better in some way. It’s only in comparison that you’ll be able to make a thoughtful choice.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#3 posted 02-06-2014 05:31 PM

Perhaps you should avoid purchasing everything all in one order so you can try out one machine before jumping on the rest of them.

Also check IRS auctions. They sell woodworking equipment all over the country and you might get lucky and find a nearby auction.

-- See my work at and

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#4 posted 02-06-2014 05:33 PM

If you are really pushed for money you could start with a basic set of hand tools. You’re going to need some hand tools anyways and you can make almost anything with hand tools. Then you could add a basic set of portable power tools a little while later and you will also need these in a basic shop anyways. With hand tools and portable power tools you can make anything. Then a little while later you can start adding your stationary power tools. This is a good way to learn as you build your shop and won’t break your bank account. Grizzly power tools seem to be a good value although I have never owned any. I’m going by what other people have said about Grizzly but I have considered buying them for my own shop and did some research.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 02-06-2014 05:37 PM

+1 for hand tools & the great advice above.

Learning how to sharpen would be high on the list as well.

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#6 posted 02-06-2014 05:47 PM

Are you starting as a hobbyist or trying to make money? Every once in a while I see someone getting out of wood working and selling everything as a lot, usually a good deal, some times an unbelievable deal. Though for many it would represent a turnkey package, you have to have the room, the power, the ability to move it all and the need for everything in the lot. This forum is filled with valuable opinions and review, do a search on what you’re considering and you’ll likely have all the information you ever could have wanted, if you do have a specific question about a particular tool, just ask and you’ll again receive lots of advise.

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 03:14 AM

I own and have owned several Grizzly tools and will continue to purchase them. I think you get more bang for your buck there. But you have to be careful, if you are looking at table saws, jointers or whatever there, the lowest priced ones are not the greatest. If you step into the mid price is where you start getting the better quality tools. At least that what I have found with my purchases from them.

I own the 1023 RLW table saw, 0452P jointer and am very satisfied with them. I also have a 9 inch band saw, scroll saw and a small 4 inch jointer. I also have owned the 1022Z table saw and used it for 10 years and it did a great job for me.

Also another positive note, Grizzly customer service is one on the best I have ever dealt with. I hope you enjoy your new hobby as much as I do.

-- Making progress

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 03:32 AM

I have a grizzly contractor saw with a shop fox fence. I don’t think I would get their current contractor saw. I’m not impressed with the fence. If I were buying now, I would get the 715. The saw has been great for me. I use Freud blades; crosscut, ripping and dado. Have never had a problem in about 8 years. Lots of other happy customers here.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 03:32 AM

Woodworkers fall into different camps.

There are those of us who are willing to and even enjoy
fussing with old machinery as a means to an end and as
an interesting aspect of the craft in its own right.

There are those who only want to work wood and
never want to fuss with fixing machines.

You can have a lot of fun collecting used machinery
and using it. You can buy new machinery and
mostly it will work as designed, though apparently
dealer support is a common issue that comes up.

I buy all my machinery used, as-is and in this way
I have acquired some outrageously cool machines for
less than scrap prices.

I do not actually believe there is any way around learning
to fuss with machinery if you work wood with machines.
True, some benchtop machines can simply be discarded
but heavy iron and steel machines are substantial investments
that can offer a lifetime of service in most cases. Just
like with a car, maintenance comes up and some parts
just wear out a lot faster than others.

Grizzly offers a lot of bang for the buck but buying new
from some gearhead woodworker like me in the process
of upgrading offers even more.

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#10 posted 02-07-2014 03:33 AM

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-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 04:28 AM

Just a suggestion I know you said that you saw nothing on craigslist. I would place a ad stating your interest and the type of stuff you wamtnnni think you may be surprised. I would also do some investigating on Auctions within 100 or so miles of where you live to see what type of auctions are coming up. I’ve started many a companies and cash flow is critical at the beginnimg. If possible at all I would try to stay away as much as feasible from buying brand new equipment, sometimes yes its the best route but I don’t think we know enough right now to advise on that. I would do the work to save as much as possible without hurting your operations. I imagine the money that you will end up needing the first year will surprise you and saving now could help your company succeed in the long run.

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 08:16 PM

Grizzly just like most others makes tools in different price ranges and quality from the lower end Hobby tools to the High end Pro tools. So it makes a difference what your going to do , open a furniture / cabinet making shop or just do it for your self as a hobby. If it is a for profit shop you need the higher end tools made to take the daily heavy use , but if it’s just for fun you can get by with the lower end and cheaper models.
Also if you are a woodworking greenhorn planing to open a shop to build and sell products , I hope you have someone else going in with you that can teach you how to use all the tools properly and safely as well as how to build the stuff you want to sell. It is not as easy as just buy the tools/ make stuff and sell it. Not trying to say you don’t know how to do it so don’t get angry at me. :)

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 09:07 PM

Grizzly stuff looks strong and well made.Although we don’t get them sold to us in the UK ,anyway I as usually advise to take your time and eventually buy used machinery in good to new condition for a fraction of the new price.However setting up a shop is always a costly business ,and always ongoing changing throughout ones life.It is never a cheap or inexpensive thing to do no matter what you do.It will always be a big long term investment.Have safe well thought out long term fun it is meant after all to be a good, healthy ,experience. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#14 posted 02-08-2014 03:49 AM

Thanks for all the great advice. I want to clear up something, I’m not starting up a business. I would love to become that skillful, but I’m just looking to this as a hobby. I would like to make and sell nick nacks at the local farmer’s market though. I have had a lot of medical problems over the last 3years and I’m looking to this as some physical therapy as well as psychological therapy to get back on track of sorts.

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#15 posted 02-08-2014 03:55 AM

I have a Grizzly bench-top drill press (it’s heftier than your standard Ryobi bench top drill press, though). It works great. I bought it used from a guy on CL, and haven’t had any issues with it. Can’t say I own any of their other machines. Good luck!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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