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I am thinking of buying Grizzly tools for my new wood shop. What do people think of that brand?
It would help to know some specifcs. How many people in your shop? what are you making? are you mechanical? I have had several pieces of Grizzly equipment, some is better than others and I run a 2-3 man shop. As a frugal shop owner, I have come to the conclusion that you should always buy the best that you can afford, as it is always going to cost you more to upgrade.
Quality varies across the line, but customer service is consistently non-existent to hostile. I bought one of their 1HP dust collectors and the bearings went out 340 days after purchase (definitely less than a year of actual use). That's more than the one-year warranty so forget about replacement. After about an hour of arguing they agreed to send me a new set of Chinese bearings but made me pay for the shipping.
At least with used USA/European machinery you don't expect anything from the company.
I have a few of their machines and in 16 years have not had any serious problems. In my experience, their customer service has always been very good, way better than Delta.
As already said, some machines are good, some not so much. I have a 20" spiral head planer, we rewound the motor three times before we said to heck with it and replaced it with a Baldor. Had some bearings go out and just went local to purchase them with good Japanese bearings. We also have some of the shapers, 3 hp and 5 hp, not bad but they do the job. No comparison to my big 10 hp extrema, but price wise you have to compare apples to apples. Hope this helps.
The company is appropriately named.
cabmaker gets my vote for "Most likely to turn a woodworking career into stand-up comedy".
He could get a gig on stage at AWFS......
I ordered a machinists level from them.
When I started my commercial shop 11 years ago, I need the machinery as quickly and inexpensively as I could acquire it. I had 50K in orders and no time to shop auction or otherwise.