Good for short term use. Lousy materials.

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Review by dbhost posted 01-30-2010 05:42 AM 3584 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My Grizzly H7827 Drill Press Table is a little over a year old now, and it is useless. Well not exactly…There ARE some useful parts on it, knobs, thread inserts, T track and suck, but the main material, the melamine coated, well I guess it is supposed to be MDF, but this stuff seems more like compressed cardboard than MDF…

The thread inserts that hold it down to the cast iron DP table simply fall out of the pressboard given any longish term exposure to humid environments, like, oh I dunno, your typical garage, basement, or shed workshop… What on earth was Grizzly thinking with this one?

Now folks, if you see many of my reviews, I am not the type that gives 5 stars too easily, but I also rarely slam a product unless it deserves it. This thing deserves it… Grizzly really ought to consider dropping this, or radically improving it…

Oh well, the metal parts went into my new shop built table, so not a total loss!

Just for Pineintheash…

MSRP =$32.99, I paid $20.00 for mine…

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#1 posted 01-30-2010 05:46 AM

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#2 posted 01-30-2010 05:50 AM

good to know

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 05:56 AM

Thanks! I have kicked around the thought of buying that one. It’s like $30 or so. You get what you pay for. I’d rather be making projects instead of stuff like that, but I might have to reconsider.

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#4 posted 01-30-2010 06:29 AM

I bought mine with the concept that I would rather make other stuff. Do yourself a favor… Build one. I screwed up bad on my build, and it still kicks the Grizzly to the curb…

Mind you, I am no Grizz basher here. I have a mess of their bits, and other misc tools, and would LOVE on of the big cabinet saws… Or a GO555X for example, this is just a really poor representation of what they sell…

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#5 posted 01-30-2010 07:34 AM

I bought a drill press table from Woodpeck almost 2 years ago and it has been very sturdy and dependable through much use. Highly recommended. However, it is fairly easy to build one. If I needed one again I would build my own since thereare so many quality t-tracks and hold downs available.

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 07:21 PM

We always appreciate the time and effort in mounting a review.

Tsk…Yet, here’s another incomplete “review” that does not tell us the product’s MSRP and the reviewer’s purchase cost, and if it’s so good or so bad, perhaps additional insights why the reviewer bought the item in the first place.


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#7 posted 01-30-2010 07:33 PM

MDF = Medium Density Fiberboard …......if not totally sealed, reacts like a sponge to the humidity in your environment , just like wood does. Sounds like they charged you for the hardware and gave you a free table to go with it : ) I’m sure that your shop made table will be much better in the end .

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#8 posted 01-30-2010 09:48 PM

My stepson and I both have these tables and really have no complaints. YMMV

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 05:52 AM

Some ideas sound good on paper but when they are put together it’s nothing short of junk. But hey, that’s how a lot of my jigs go you know, thank goodness not all of grizzly is junk. Actually, I don’t have a single piece of Grizzly machinery that I don’t absolutely love, bu then again I don’t buy anything that’s primarily made out of MDF.

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#10 posted 01-31-2010 09:40 AM

Yeah, piece of junk. I had one, it lasted a week.

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