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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:03 pm 
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Anyone have any experience with this heavily advertised device for use on your table saw? Is it worth $80?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 5:18 pm 
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Some people swear by them - I have one and rarely use it. Seems awkward to me to use.
I prefer a good old push stick, or some variant.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 6:26 pm 
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Well, I have TWO of the original "Grippers" and use them all the time BUT, they sure didn't cost $80.00 when I bought them.
If I remember right, they were around $30.00 each which I thought was expensive enough. I've had them about six years now and have held up fairly well. I have cut into one of them with the table saw and had to buy some replacement parts however.
They now have a few other styles available now and I have considered adding one or two to the tool collection but, haven't done it yet.
They work well on the router table as well as the table saw also. What sold me on them was the ability to cut thin strips between the saw blade and fence and keep control of both pieces of wood at the same time.
Everyone has their own methods and tools and when you get used to one way of doing things it is hard to change and justify adding something new to you.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:21 am 
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Welcome to the WWA!

I don't have any first hand experience with the Grrriper, I've always made do with finger boards and push sticks/blocks.

The one (and only) interest I have with it is the ability to control very thin stock between the blade/fence and the offcut at the same time (as mentioned by Rog above).
However, the expense to me outweighed that curiosity, even though I could have bought in at the ~$30 mark.

I think it would be a good investment for use at the router table.
That is were I would likely see the most use.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:58 am 
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Hey Bob,

Welcome aboard!
I have two Grippers™ and use them on nearly every rip cut I make. I've had them long enough to replace several parts on them, and I think that they are well worth the price.

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Welcome to the group!

I've used some store bought push sticks before but never the Gripper. It has been my experience that plastics, rubber and metal don't react well with spinning steel. I make my own push blocks that work quite well. A bit cheaper too.

Bottom line is, what is it worth to you. If you work in your shop on a regular basis, or you like having all the bells and whistles, go for it. If you are working on a tight budget and you are a weekend woodshop warrior, you might just stick with wood and homemade.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2015 9:46 am 
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If you're making dozens or hundreds of the same cut, production line style, it would possibly be useful. My problem with stuff like this is the set up time (and cost). A wood push block with a easily replaceable sacrificial base and heel, doesn't require any set up, and scrap 2x4 is pretty cheap. :)

Here's several DIY designs, plans are downloadable PDF files: http://www.toolcrib.com/blog/2009/07/14 ... table-saws

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I have 2 and bought them a few years ago when they were cheaper. I make quite a few pen blanks when I can find wood with nice figure in it. I find they are great for that. ie. ripping 6" long pieces of wood to 3/4" square. I find I use them on the jointer as much as the table saw.

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