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So I was thinking about getting the Grrriper for my new table saw, but I wanted to hear from folks here.   Looking at the pictures I realized that to use the Grrriper the saw's blade guard has to be removed.  It seems counterintuitive to me to defeat one safety system so you can use another one.  

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Some cuts require the removal of the guard, thin rips, for example. The Gripper is great for these cuts. 

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I gave my Grippers away some time ago.  I was just never a fan of the product.

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25 minutes ago, Barron said:

Some cuts require the removal of the guard, thin rips, for example. The Gripper is great for these cuts. 

Yes, this is when the gripper can really shine.  But I use mine almost all the time, and to be honest I don't have the blade guard on my saw. 

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I carefully considered getting one, but realized that I would only very rarely get to use it. I only remove the guard when absolutely necessary & if the Grripper will fit between the fence & guard, then the Grripper isn't even needed. When I emailed the company about my conundrum, the reply basically said that with a Grripper, you don't need the guard.

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3 hours ago, Chet said:

Yes, this is when the gripper can really shine.  But I use mine almost all the time, and to be honest I don't have the blade guard on my saw. 

I’m glad you were the first to confessional as I don’t either! B). My saw was meant to cut wood and I understand and respect that. I love my GRR-RIPPER! 

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This is one of those things that folks run either hot or cold on.  I love 'em. 

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I have various push blocks but, the Grr-Rippers are my primary.

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I use mine a lot. They can be a little time consuming to set up and tweak, but they work great. Table saw, router table and jointer - I get my money's worth out of them.

The one thing I've noticed is that I get more precise cuts using them since they do grip so well. Constant pressure against the fence.

 

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I find I really only use it on thin rips, bit I only bought one. Maybe it'd be different if I had a pair. My guard is only on maybe half the time, mostly because it's a pain to adjust the height of my riving knife and I need it low to use my sled.

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I have a set and I use them on my table saw. And yes, I had to remove the blade guard but I don't miss it, considering it doesn't have a dust collection port.

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On 6/25/2019 at 1:59 PM, Mark J said:

So I was thinking about getting the Grrriper for my new table saw, but I wanted to hear from folks here.   Looking at the pictures I realized that to use the Grrriper the saw's blade guard has to be removed.  It seems counterintuitive to me to defeat one safety system so you can use another one.  

I sold mine, didn't like it at all, just felt unsafe to me.

 

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I have two of them and I think they are better than sliced bread.  I use them constantly and really couldn't imagine going back to any other type of push pads.  If the offer above about selling a pair for cheap is legitimate grab them. 

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7 hours ago, chashint said:

If the offer above about selling a pair for cheap is legitimate grab them. 

I did.  Haven't used it yet, but I have it to try.  

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I have one with all the attachments and it is ok - not brilliant but ok. A push stick like the one Marc Spagnulo sells is cheaper, keeps your hand/fingers much higher out of the path of the blade and you don't mind if it (the push stick! ) gets hacked to pieces - you can make another very easily. 

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TERRY! @TerryMcK, Where the heck you been bud? Good to hear your voice! 

I too like Marc’s design. I bought one, used it as a pattern to make two more and hung the original on a cabinet door in the shop for looks! 

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