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Forum topic by JerryinCreek posted 07-05-2014 03:26 AM 1194 views 0 times favorited 34 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JerryinCreek

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07-05-2014 03:26 AM

Grizzly is new to me. Why? I watch all the woodworking tv shows and never see them. I go to the local ww shows but have never heard of them. Yet, it seems they carry some dynamite equipment. Are the quality or not?

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 07-05-2014 03:35 AM

As with all machines, it depends upon the machine and not the company. Reviews must be searched out for each and every machine for a true view of quality.

With that said, Grizzly generally gets good reviews. I can not yet speak to their quality, but I soon will be able to.
I’m going to fire up a CL gloat G0458 18” Open End Drum Sander tomorrow. I won’t have an accurate quality assessment until I can put it through it’s paces and get a bunch of bft through it.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 07-05-2014 04:01 AM

I have a grizzly table saw that ive had for about 8 years with no complaints. I love it. I also have an older jointer that still works great. I would say grizzly is decent quality for the money. These days cost does not always relate to quality. Dont think that a high priced powermatic will not have just as many problems as the grizz might. I only learned about them on the back cover of a magazine. Turned out their store was only 2.5 hours away.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Paul

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#3 posted 07-05-2014 04:37 AM

Grizzly equipment is quality stuff. It’s 100% woodworking quality equipment. There are a few people on this forum that complain about a paint chip and dings during shipping. I had a broken egg in the last dozen that I bought shipped back to Iowa from chicago for a full refund.

Sarcasm aside I love my jointer, the driver of the delivery truck even stayed around my house for 40 minutes waiting for me to get home. The driver was from siah but the grizzly rep was in contact with him and myself and convinced him to stay.

There was freezing rain when my jointer got to me, I have a 30 degree grade driveway. This is more on the delivery side of things but the siah driver worked with me to bring the crate up to my garage. Overall a 100% pleasure to deal with.

Paul

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 07-05-2014 06:10 AM

I love my Grizzly equipment.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 07-05-2014 11:26 AM

I have a Grizzly drill press, Jointer,router, dust collector, and band saw and they all work well for me. I once had their baby drum sander but had problems with it.

-- In God We Trust

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toolie

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#6 posted 07-05-2014 11:41 AM

best bang for the buck around. when i visited the muncy pa showroom, they all looked well built. and shiraz biloia, owner of grizzly, has visited the sawmillcreek.org WW forum and actually responds, on occasion, to comments concerning his tools, and has actually resolved some complaints personally. but hey, if you want to think you’re buying a QUALITY product, there are always Jet and Powermatic, which will not do anything better than a grizzly, but they will cost almost twice as much.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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#7 posted 07-05-2014 11:45 AM

Grizzly is usually rated very well in the magazines tool reviews. Made in Taiwan but everything is these days.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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ChuckV

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 11:51 AM

To answer the question, James 'Grizzly' Adams. I recently learned that Grizzly was born just 40 miles from my home. He is burried in a different town, also 40 miles away.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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bigblockyeti

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#9 posted 07-05-2014 12:35 PM

Grizzly was introduced in the early 80’s and quality at the time was suspect at best. Thoughtful design and much tighter quality controls has made there equipment much better over the years. Many big name machinery manufacturers are having their equipment made in Taiwan sometimes from the same factory. Two machines from different manufacturers might look exactly the same, but there’s usually a few differences in the details. Few if any manufacturers will divulge exactly which tolerances are tighter than the competition, but typically you get what you pay for. That being said, what you’re paying for might be a previous reputation as well as the actual tool.

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dirtycurty

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#10 posted 07-05-2014 01:01 PM

I do not own any Grizzly products yet, but am looking forward to in the near future. I understand that they have an awesome customer service department and they are very willing to help you resolve any issues that you may have, even if it means replacing the machine

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firefighterontheside

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#11 posted 07-05-2014 01:16 PM

Chuck, that was my first thought when I first saw this thread, Adams!

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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Pezking7p

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#12 posted 07-05-2014 01:20 PM

I have about a 15 yr old 6” grizzly jointer. Runs like a champ. Tables are nice and flat.

-- -Dan

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#13 posted 07-05-2014 01:50 PM

0444Z TS, 0555LX BS, and a G1067Z lathe in my shop. All have been great tools. I’d buy ‘em again.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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JerryinCreek

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#14 posted 07-05-2014 01:53 PM

Wow! For a company that I’d never heard of on woodworking shows, etc., they sure have a loyal following with you guys. Guess that answers my questions! Thanks all!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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toolie

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#15 posted 07-05-2014 03:03 PM

You probably don’t hear about them much “on woodworking shows” because they probably don’t sponsor any woodworking programming.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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