Pusher System

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Review by CharlieD posted 04-07-2008 08:25 PM 8353 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently I played a three way game of catch with my table saw and a small piece of maple plywood. As a result I attempted to catch a 250 MPH plywood line drive with my right thigh. After ensuring my right leg was still attached to the rest of body I decided I needed a little more safety and purchased the GRR-RipperĀ® precision pusher system. It’s purpose is to serve as a virtual movable blade guard that you hold, rather than a blade guard that is affixed to the back of the table saw, or one that hovers above it. It effectively creates a barricade between the blade and both of your hands. Several LJs noted that they were uncomfortable using it and having their hand move over the top of the Table saw blade. Understandable. I didn’t experience any apprehension doing this and overall felt much safer using the GRR. Most importantly the GRR would have prevented the kick back I experienced.

There are several models and I bought the GRR-Ripper GR-200 (8 components) for $69.00. Hind sight I don’t think I will use the extra accessories and would be fine with the GRR-100 base system for $49.00.

Overall, I think the GRR is worth the money and will improve the safety of using a table saw, band saw, router, etc. Particularly, the table saw with the blade guard removed (which most of us seem to do).

-- Charlie - Texas

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#1 posted 04-07-2008 08:34 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been looking at these.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 04-07-2008 09:38 PM

Thanks! I have been looking at one of these also, nice to see that the base system will work just fine.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#3 posted 04-07-2008 09:54 PM

Thanks for the review. I have been considering getting one of these as well.

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#4 posted 04-08-2008 12:57 AM

Ahhh! the toys that are around. Great review Charlie. I too know what it is like to be hit in the groin by a lump of offcut at high speed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 04-08-2008 01:37 AM

this looked like a gimmick to me.. glad to hear I was wrong.

-- making sawdust....

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#6 posted 04-08-2008 01:56 AM

Nice review—- wow that flying wood a few inches over could have really ruined your day “ouch”

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#7 posted 04-08-2008 02:55 AM

I have 2 of them. They are one of the best buys I have ever made. Be sure to get the DVD on how to use it.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#8 posted 04-08-2008 03:58 AM

Great review. I have had the GR-100 for a few weeks now and think it was well worth the $50 price also. Gives great confidence cutting narrow pieces close to the fence, because the piece on both sides of the blade is under my control. Its also great for those cuts on the router table that used to make me nervous too. If you happen to butcher one of the component pieces they are cheap to replace, but haven’t done that yet. Adjustments are quick and easy to make. I might buy a second one soon for ripping long pieces. If you buy one, be sure to check out Bob #2’s blog entry on ripping very narrow pieces.

Glad to see we Texans value our digits!

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#9 posted 04-08-2008 04:10 AM

I’ve thought about buying one of these too….. but has anyone out there ever thought about trying to build something similar? Just a thought I had….

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#10 posted 04-08-2008 04:50 AM

Thanks for the review. You just saved me a few bucks. I was thinking about the 200 without the DVD. Looks like I will be ordering the 100 with the DVD instead.

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#11 posted 04-08-2008 11:16 AM

I had a kick back about 2 months ago. It was due to my own cockiness and being in a hurry. I have since dedicated myself to safe practices. I also bought a Grr Ripper and I love it. It is much safer than push sticks in my opinion.

I took me a few tries before I could muster the courage to pass my hand over the blade though. It just didnt seem natural to me.

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#12 posted 04-08-2008 01:28 PM

Add me to the list of people who hesitated at the cost and then wondered why I didn’t buy one sooner. I belive its much safer than a push stick although sometimes use both. Anything to keep my pink fingers away from the shiny spinning thing is good. I bought the 200 but have left the “extra stuff” in a box and would go with the 100.

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#13 posted 04-09-2008 03:57 AM

I have two of these and use them frequently. Nice review.

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#14 posted 04-11-2008 07:43 PM

I have one, & I recommend it.

I also bought all the extras which I probably will never use.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 04-11-2008 07:54 PM

One of the side benefits of the gripper is that it can hold down both sides of the cut as it leaves the tablesaw blade and keeps the annoying flutter down to zero as the free ends of thin wood start to chatter between the blade and the splitter.
My cuts seem extra accurate using this neat device.
And… set up is a snap -no more than 30 seconds once you get the hang of it.


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