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I went to th woodworking show in DC yesterday and had a great time. Every tool you have ever read about was there bieng shown and sold. I was dissapointed that the big names werent there-Powermatic, Grizzly, etc. Kreg stuff was there and so was Woodpeckers. Distributors Im sure.
I bought (I am embarassed to say i bought these things, but I am amongst friends, right?) a Dubby, which is a cutoff board or a crosscut sled. And, i bought the GRRR-ripper. Both looked great at the show and i have read about them. I dont do the impulse purchase thing. (Again, I would be less embarassed to be caught in my boxer briefs at the Home Depot than to admit i purchased these).
These things are both pure junk. The gripper has a tail thingy that can act as a push stick and grab the end of the material. It cant be a grripper AND a push stick. So, use it as a gripper only-then the dust wont let it grab and it slips and allows the board to be in blade too long. The push stick and feather board cant be beat-period. Should be named GARRRRRRRRRR-bage.
And the dubby-the American translation is junk. Its made of very cheap MDF. THe instructions leave out how to put 4 of the pieces on, which are made of soft pine. Come on guys-at least give us hardwood. One of the parts that didnt have install instructions was the degree gauge. What a cheap piece of crap. DON'T DO IT!
I hope i save you guys the anguish and grief. I am usually very choosy and know my tools. I read some good stuff about these and I am still disappointed. I guess you live and learn huh.

Todd
 

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dont know about the dubby, but i use the gripper all the time…i'd check the instructions, make sure you got all the parts and that you're using it right.
 

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I love my Grripper. It even saved my hand once. Tore a piece of it apart, but I only needed to repurchase that one part. Actually, two parts. Anyway, my only complaint: there's a clear plastic part that screws onto it and kind of acts like a blade guard. It's optional; you don't really need it. The problem is that it screws onto a couple of embedded nuts in little nubs of plastic that stick out. Eventually, they just snap off and then that part is useless. I wish they could have made that a bit more robust.

I made a couple of wooden copies of the push stick backer thingy, as they suggest (because it's sacrificial). I hardly ever use them, though. I find the rubber surface grips well enough.

Another note. There's a deluxe kit that includes some extra parts. It was a long time ago, so I forget which parts are extra, but I remember they were important. There's a plastic part that goes on the side and runs on the table top when your workpiece is too narrow for both sides of the Grripper. That might not come with the basic model, but it is important in certain circumstances.
 

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I have had a Dubby for about 8 years. Since I bought the Dubby, I don't think I have built anything that I didn't use my Dubby. It something happened to my Dubby, I would not hesitate to buy another one. I suspect you could list the Dubby and the gripper in the Woodworking Trade and Swap on this forum and have no problem selling your junk. pkennedy
 

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I bought 2 decked-out Grrippers at the woodworking show last year. A friend had a pair for a year or two and liked them a lot but it didn't make sense to me that they were any different than expensive push blocks. But the guy demonstrating them at the show did a couple of things that got my attention, and my friend was saying, "see, see". It took a bit of time to get used to using them, but now I use them a lot. They are great (albeit rather expensive) pushblocks when that is all you need, but the accessories make it easy to configure them for cuts that I would not ever do without them.
 

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I have both the RipperGripper and the Dubby.

The RipperGripper is a great tool to make relatively narrow rips especially on shorter pieces of wood. It holds the wood securely while keeping your hand away from the blade and out of the line of fire.

The Dubby helps cut wider cross cuts and is wonderful on making a bunch of parts exactly the same length quickly and safely. Go to their web site to see how it works.

I think both are great.

Domer
 
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