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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-23-2014, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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Today I received 3 of the Grizzly router plates that are held in such high regard here on these forums. The problem is that they are not even close to flat and the insert rings are not either. Of the three plates, two have a pretty good crown and the third has a fairly large dip. The large insert rings protrude enough that stock would catch on them when running it across. The small insert rings are noticeably concave (more than 1/32").

Is this typical of Grizzly plates? Has their quality control went downhill? If I only had one plate that was out of sorts, I would probably just consider exchanging it. As it is though, I have three of them that are all pretty far out of what I would consider acceptable.
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This is not just a problem with the Grizzly Plate of this style, but another famous maker has the same issue. When wrote about it I was mildly trashed that this was a feature, it is not. It is a bad design and the only way to get around it, that I actually like is to use either 1/4~3/8" aluminum or polycarbonate (e-Bay), use a single ring (door lock drill on slow speed) and then cut another disk but rabbet the cutout and slightly larger disk so they fit to form a flat surface. IF you want a tighter fit use 4 micro Neodymium Magnets (example: K&J Magnetics - Strong Neodymium Magnets, Rare Earth Magnets) imbedded in the material.

Adjustment screws are also not needed and if you decide to go this way contact me and I will advise you.

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Hopefully not a problem with all plate as I have a Grizzly router table on its way should be delivered this week

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When i replace older tools with what is available today i soon realize that the quality is not a good as it was 20 years ago.
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The Grizzly plate is a rebranded Rousseau plate, and that crown is intentionally made into the plate. I personally haven't used one, but those who have claimed it has actually helped with accuracy rather than hinder it. I think in this case, it is a matter of preference

Here is some documentation on that plate: http://rousseauco.com/wp-content/upl...ccessories.pdf

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Out of the three plates, I also have one that is concave. And all the reducer rings are concave. The two that are convex are not consistently convex. It varies along the length of the plate.

Two of the plates were for myself and one for a friend. I think I am going to dump mine on Craigslist and get my money back and order two Kreg plates.
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Hey I feel for your problem, but why don't you send them back for a refund,why would you want to dump them on some one else, make the manufacturer responsible for his own trash
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Good point, but they would probably be "good enough" for a lot of people. The friend that I bought one for said he was not worried about it.

If you are only using round overs and chamfers, it would probably be fine. I want them for beading bits, cope and stick and other things that require more precision. A plate that is not flat will change the angle that stock is presented to the cope bit and pull the resulting joint out of square.

I may call Grizzly though. If they want me to ship them back, it probably will not be worth the effort.
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Back in 'history' here I reported that mine 'as received' from Grizzly in their table was distorted - in a couple different directions. They replaced it but I now have an aluminum plate which is FLAT

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My Griz Table arrived last night too a quick look at plate looked ok will know for sure once its out of the box
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