I have seen demonstrations of the gripper at shows, and most of the time they are showing it being used on a table saw.
I have used it on a TS, but really only when used with a tapering jig.
What I really like it for is on a shaper. It has 2 really good pluses when used on a shaper ... it keeps that hands away from the spinning cutter and keeps the board flat on the table -- I used them with rail and style cutters. The Griper had the side support setting on the table to offset the wood piece, and I used the stop blocks to rest on the side edge of the board -- this keeps the gripper away from the cutter, and helps push the board against the fence. For me, the gripper is the ideal push stick for a shaper or router table! Not so much for the table saw ...
Yeah I was guessing you had as much or more experience as the author... But still, might be worth a read. I haven't read it, but it's been on my list for a year or so, I forget where I found it...
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Agreed. I'm sure they're useful if you have the inclination to build one, but personally I'm sick of building sleds. I'm on my third tablesaw in just a few years and each saw has had two or three sleds.
I like Nick's but it just seems like a lot of hassle. I really have come to a conclusion that the one thing I want is a fence that allows me to do repeatable stop blocks at like 3+ foot. So ... thats where I come down into the SCMS camp.