After a quick check on the doe and the truck, I said the hell with it, I"m getting a bandsaw today... consoled the wife a bit (she's a big deer lover) and off we went. Damage was/is all cosmetic, with other than the obvious needing replaced, the condenser/radiator/radiator fan all need replaced, but were fully operational and didn't hinder anything.
The occasional chatter of the fan hitting the radiator had to be ignored at times *L* So other than looking like one of the ole Sphinx brothers, we were good to go.
so anyways.. for the 2nd time MapQuest gave me some bogus directions. Sent us out of our way by about 45 minutes one way. We dug out the ole road map, figured out what we needed to do and got it all squared away. Arrived at Grizzly around 9:45am...parking lot was not full of cars like i had expected. Quite a few, but not nearly as packed as you might have expected. I swear I heard the angels sing as I walked into the door
Just so much equipment in one place is awesome.
In total, there was probably in the neighborhood of 25-30 buyers browsing around the place. I grabbed the first salesman I could find and asked where the scratch and dent area was located. He pointed me in the right direction and the wife and I made a B line for it. I gotta say, that either my expectations were way to high, they just didn't have much in the way of scratch and dent merchandise or I just missed something (doubtful). The scratch and dent area was in the back of the store. All of the equipment that had something wrong with it, had notes describing what was wrong and the parts required to fix it. That i thought was pretty cool. At least you knew what you were getting into. Alot of metal working machinery on hand and the like. Some accessories and only 2 bandsaws. 1 I wouldn't even consider and the 2nd already had a SOLD sign on it. 5 or 6 tablesaws. 2 were pretty much parts machines, 1 slider, 1 12" saw and a couple of 10's that were going for 1400. Very nice saws, but a bit over priced for what all was wrong with em. Several what I would consider really good deals on woodworking lathes. I asked if there was anything else they were planning on bringing out. NOPE..what was out was what they had. So off the the sales floor we went...
Have to say, there is nothing like being able to compare first hand one machine to another... looked em over, see the specs etc...Hand an idea going up what I wanted so I kinda focused on that particular saw, comparing it to the others. I wasn't really sold on the ceramic guides alot of their saws had so in the end, I had em load up a
GO513X2. I asked the manager that if they would just give me the saw, I"d make sure to mention them at least once a day on the forum and the more they would anti-up the more free advertising they would get *L*... he laughed, said cash, check or plastic.. the guy had a sense of humor and seemed to know his way around the band saws. I wanted a 1" blade and he pretty much talked me out of it. said the 3/4" will give much better results for resawing. We left the place with 3 additional blades and a pretty nice, fully warranted Grizzzz.. I'll post a thread on the saw once I get her up and running... I got to tell ya , this saw is a beast...400+ pounds and it looks twice as big in my shop as it did on the sales floor.