Maker of Exotic Sawdust
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Bellingham, WA (Grizzly Country!)
I am fortunate to live in a relatively small city (Bellingham, WA) that is the corporate headquarters of Grizzly and also has a Harbor Freight store. In my experience, some of the low-end Grizzly stuff is identical or almost identical to that of HF. The dovetail jig is an example. I wouldnít buy either one of them (I bought a Porter Cable) but if you want to go low end the HF price is much, much lower. The HF trim router also appears to be the same beast as the Grizzly. Neither is a high-quality tool, because if you drop it the plastic parts will break. But at HF you can buy a new one (with a 20% off coupon) for about $22. Half the price of the Grizzly. I dropped mine and bought another one yesterday. On the other hand, the HF full sized router is a piece of s***. The exposed on/off switch make is very dangerous. I use it on my router table, and there itís okay. I have a HF framing nailer, which works just fine, and I just bought a HF 2.5 HP, 10 gal. compressor which works great, much better than the Campbell Hausfeld compressor that it replaced. I did buy the two year warranty, and I would recommend that everyone buy it for any expensive item with lots of moving parts. I love walking through the store. Lots of stuff to drool over, but I donít like their clamps. Clunky and hard to use, IMHO. As to a table saw, I just drove over to Grizzly and picked up a G0661. Got it for $750 when it first came out. I would be reluctant to buy a TS from HF.
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.