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I'm going to wade in here, knowing that the Grizzly fans will disagree and hoping not to hurt anyone's feelings. When I first started gathering tools about 25 years ago, I bought a Grizzly contractor's saw and a 14" band saw. I was impressed with the rugged cast iron construction that seemed on par with far more expensive tools at the time. But I found that both had feet of clay.

My first disappointment was when I couldn't keep the blade aligned on the table saw. I'd spend hours aligning the blade to the table slots, then the first time I tilted the blade and came back to vertical, it would be off again- a LOT. And I didn't even have a dial indicator then, Herb! The culprit was the amount of slop in the cast pot-metal trunnions. I could never figure a way to shim it or adjust it out, so I lived with it until I bought another saw.

The bandsaw upper blade guide slides up and down in a cast-iron clamp. The blade guard did not move parallel to the blade. If I moved the blade guard up or down very far, I'd have to adjust the guides again to the new position. I lived with it until I bought a new saw. I also broke the pot-metal casting that carries the axle for the top bandsaw wheel when trying to tension a 3/4" blade. I couldn't believe how light and weak it was.

To be fair, both of those Grizzly tools were at the low end of Grizzly's line, and I replaced them with a Unisaw and a Laguna bandsaw. However, the experience soured my attitude toward Grizzly and I haven't been willing to take the risk of buying from them now that I've moved up to higher-end equipment. Your mileage may vary . . .
 

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I sure can't complain on my Grizz 3oth anniversary 14" bandsaw or their router table so far. But this was mostly to get Rick going.

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I sure can't complain on my Grizz 3oth anniversary 14" bandsaw or their router table so far. But this was mostly to get Rick going.

HJ
John you didn't get me to much as I'm a General guy . Their probably made by the same company in Tiawan , who knows?
I'm still jealous about up scooping up that GI jointer though ;)
 

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You mean this one??



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