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Forum topic by Jack Lewis posted 02-12-2019 06:59 PM 930 views 0 times favorited 30 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jack Lewis

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02-12-2019 06:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: safety grrrripper push block

They advertised the Grripper as the end all, do all push block and safety device for TS, BS and router. Granted it keeps your digits away from damaging sharp thingys. It are supposed to have a grip surface that clings to the wood surface as you do your cut. I have found that the grip is less than positive especially when sawdust is present and will slide over the surface of the board without applying extreme downward pressure on the TS. When cutting a shorter board this slippage made me uneasy with it and unable to utilize the advertised hand over hand option of re-positioning the Grripper on the board. It has an attachment that is supposed to act as an end stop to prevent this from happening. It is a sacrificial piece of plastic that will not harm the blade if cut into and needs replacement often. It is attached in a slot with a tenon/dado to slide it back and forth to keep it from the blade. All of the base adjustments are also knob tightened tenon into a dado slot the was injection molded and are difficult to constantly adjust when cuts are varied in width. If the base blocks are not adjusted for the cut the blade will cut into the foam material and reduce the grip. All in all it took as much time to adjust the base and end stop as it did to make a cut. Possibly if the dados and tenons were machined and the adjustments easier I could give the Grripper a more positive review. Many of the components are replaceable and individually available suggesting that it is expected to be consumed during use. The design has merit but various innovations when modified upon will warrant an improved, IMHO, tool. A tool this expensive should not be designed with anticipated replacement requirements.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"


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RobHannon

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#1 posted 02-12-2019 07:08 PM

I got sold on one of these way back when I also convinced myself I “needed” a Jointech Sawtrain. I too found it way too complicated of a solution for such a simple problem, especially considering I didn’t want to cut into a $50 piece of plastic when I have free scrapwood at my feet. There are folks who swear by them so they must has some merit, but not so much for me.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 07:38 PM

I have one of the Grippers, and I’ve had no trouble with it….I very happy with how it performs, and have had no problem with the rubber grippers holding the wood tight to the fence, and the down pressure works good while moving the wood into and past the blade…You can get replacement rubber pads if /when they wear out…If the pads get clogged with sawdust, just blow them out with compressed air…..!! In fact, I’m gonna order another one…!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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DannyW

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 07:48 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been wanting to try one of these but have not been willing to shell out that kind of money for something so simple. I have a couple of cheap Bench Dog push blocks from Rockler that do a very good job for me for a much more reasonable (to me) price of about $7 each when I bought them on sale.

-- -DannyW

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 07:57 PM

This would get more long term visibility and benefit more if it were posted in the tool review section.

That said, I have one Grrrrripper and like it well enough.

I run my TS naked ….. that is, no blade gaurd, not literally naked, as in with no clothes on :^o .... and the Gripper is about the best solution to keep me clear of the blade as I’ve seen anywhere.

Adjustment can be a bit of a paine, but I am able to get buy without changing the set up half the time I use it.

The rubber does lose it’s tackiness over time, and it does have issued gripping dusty surfaces.

But I do fee that I get good control and can apply both forward (feeding stock) and lateral (holding stock firm agains the fence) with one hand.

I usually get by without the tail hook, but it’s easy enough to put back on if I need it.

I personally would give it 4 stars. But if there’s a better solution for old saws with cumbersome and clunky blade gaurds that are always in the way, I’m all ears.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 08:22 PM

I have a hard time calling anything safe, when to use it, you have to remove the saws guard. Beside that they cost a LOT of money for something a woodworker ought to be able make themselves.

Mount this countersunk to a block of 1x pine. Glue that block to another piece of 2 x whatever you feel safest using. Screw on a small tab to grab and carry the stock. Or BS out a bunch of handles yourself. Make them with a long enough foot to screw down into the bigger block, saying a glue up.

No need to set anything up to “miss” the blade, just saw through it on the really thin cuts. Replace bottom piece of wood as needed. Buda Bing, Buda Bang…...

I do use something like these on NON through cuts, just to make sure that it isn’t my fingers that get bit if everything goes South.

-- Think safe, be safe

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pottz

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#6 posted 02-12-2019 08:39 PM

i bought my first one at a wood show probably 15 years ago,use it now and then but not for every cut,as said i dont want to take the time to make adjustments constantly.as far as the grip ability just clean the rubber pads with alcohol or a similar solvent and there as good as new,for awhile.and i agree they are way too expensive for what they are.there is a detailed tutorial on here about how to make your own,but i dont have that kind of time.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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builtinbkyn

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#7 posted 02-12-2019 08:49 PM

I use mine. Actually have two. One set up with the leg support for ripping narrow boards and one without. The “slipping issue” is negated with the use of the adjustable hooks that can be fitted to the back end.

I haven’t had the need to do so, but you can put some adhesive backed sandpaper or abrasive strips used for stair treads on the feet to provide more grip. I use that on the push blocks I use with my jointer. Those also have the “non-slip” rubber but they slip because of said sawdust. The abrasive paper works well.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Andybb

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#8 posted 02-12-2019 08:54 PM

Love mine in certain situations like any other tool. Usually keep the 1/8” accessory on it along with the fat one. Wipe the rubber grip pads with denatured alcohol or acetone to make them sticky again.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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builtinbkyn

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#9 posted 02-12-2019 09:06 PM

One with the hook on the right and the other with the leg to stabilize the Gripper for cutting taller thin stock. The hook has been “impacted” a few times by the blade. Still works and actually with the void, it’s easier to position now so it doesn’t get “impacted” :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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Redoak49

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 09:27 PM

I do not think any tool is the end all…do all.

I use mine all the time and have no real trouble with it. Like many tools, some like it and others do not. Anyone who does not use theirs, Pease send it to me.

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fivecodys

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#11 posted 02-12-2019 11:21 PM

I have one and I like it. I also have several DIY push blocks that I use as well.
Which one I use depends on what I’m doing at the moment.
I also have a crescent wrench but I don’t use it on everything. Just where I need it.

-- When you leave your shop for the night, make sure you can always count to 10.

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Fotodog

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#12 posted 02-13-2019 03:08 AM

I bought one and it’s great for some cuts which would be difficult to do safely without it…mainly narrow rip cuts.

My biggest complaint is that I can’t use my magnetic feather board if the outside foot of the Gripper is dropped down to table height, which is what makes it so stable. I really like the magnetic feather board, and if there’s a situation where I need to choose between the 2, the featherboard usually wins out.

-- Tim

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Woodknack

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#13 posted 02-13-2019 05:09 AM

I like mine but I got it on sale for about half price. At full price I might like it less as they are way overpriced IMO. I don’t use it all the time, most of the time I use my hands for better control and for really close cuts I use a sacrificial push shoe, but the Gripper is a dandy tool for sort of close things. What I like most is it pushes both sides evenly all the way through the cut so I don’t get that little cat ear on the offcut.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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SMP

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#14 posted 02-13-2019 06:19 AM

I have a zero clearance push stick I made the first time I used a 1×2 pine scrap as a push stick. Works great.

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YardSlug

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#15 posted 02-13-2019 07:22 AM

It works fine, I’ve had mine for about a year. Use it almost every time I do anything in the shop, especially ripping.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln

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