Grizzly’s Polar Line Freezes High Tool Prices–For Now
Last summer Grizzly Tools introduced a new tool line, the Polar Bear Series. A few the tools may look familiar, as the company simply took some machines from their existing line-up and changed the paint from the familiar Grizzly green to arctic white and updated the model numbers.
But there are some tools of note, like the hybrid tablesaw (model G0715P). It’s a new version of the older Grizzly hybrid but with some convenient features, like a quick-release blade guard. The guard has antikickback pawls, which I find annoying because they scar wood, but the pawls can be pushed away from the work. That point should be moot, however, with the addition of a true riving knife, a feature that virtually eliminates kickback. We have the saw in our shop, and we’ll tell you how it all works soon.
The big news, though, are the low prices of these tools, making them a steal just in time for the holidays. A good number of heavy-duty tools can be had for under a grand. The hybrid tablesaw sells for $758. You can get a monster 17-in. bandsaw for $698. Ready to mill a boatload of lumber? You can buy an 8-in. jointer for $728, or you can upgrade to a model with a spiral cutterhead for $270 more.
According to Bill Crofutt, quality control manager at Grizzly, new tools will be added to the line. He also says most of the “introductory” prices will remain in effect through 2011. Good news for the cash-strapped.
The Polar Bear hybrid tablesaw. We have it for testing.
A beefy bandsaw at a bargain price.
Step up to an 8 inch jointer without breaking the bank.