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12-25-2016 06:26 AM

Maybe I am over cautious. I bought 2 GRRR-RIPPERS a couple of years ago. 2014 to be precise and they are still in the boxes. I just don’t feel safe with the thought of my hands only a few inches above a large spinning steel blade.

As a very basic Wood Worker I am having success with good push sticks and MagSwitch Feather Boards and my hands feel safe at all times. I am open minded about the GRRR-Ripper and have watched lots of videos with folk achieving good results with the “Gripper” But an instinct deep inside me says ” Leave Well Alone” I am an instinct person and have always believed that if I don’t feel safe, then I probably am not.

The GRRR-RIPPER looks a great Tool, but maybe not for me????

Merry Christmas.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 12-25-2016 07:40 AM

I like push sticks with a long flat that registers the workpiece, and catches the back edge. A simple plastic push stick doesn’t work for me, because as you push down on the back of the board it can lift the front of it.

My favorite one has a saw-handle shape, and is just 3/4” ply with eased edges.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 12-25-2016 08:08 AM

Merry Christmas Cliff, I like the push stick but after looking at the videos on the GRRR_Ripper, for me it would be a matter of getting confidence in any new product if purchase. It look good for cutting thinner pieces which sometimes are hard to keep level with the push stick. I noted that Carbertac Aust have them so might just shout myself a Xmas present. I think you should give them a go mate but take care. All the best for the new Year.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 12-25-2016 09:33 AM

I also like the long handle. I have yet to try the saw-handle shape. I agree it would be a good grip, but the hands still pass close to the blade. I would prefer your version with a long flat that registers the workpiece.


Merry Christmas to you too Bob…..You are quite correct, it is most likely a matter of confidence. I have seen it demonstrated on youtube and the Wood Whisperer gives a pretty good Demo and he pointed out the ability the GRRR-RIPPER has in cutting very thin stock. I’ll keep it in the back of my mind in case I decide to give it a go. Yes taking care is what it is all about.
Carba-Tec is good as they give really good one on one assistance and the staff know what they are talking about.

Happy New Year Bob, looking forward to seeing your 2017 Creations.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#4 posted 12-25-2016 12:26 PM

I just got around to putting mine together, I bought it 5 or 6 years ago. I’ve only used it a few times , but I’m liking it.

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#5 posted 12-25-2016 12:40 PM

I like my Grrr-rippers and use the all the time. I think they prevent kick back especially on smaller pieces and provide better control.

Great thing is that you can do it any way you want….just be safe.

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#6 posted 12-25-2016 01:10 PM

It took me a while to get used to using the Grippers over the blade, but they’re actually very safe. They don’t have to be used like above the blade though….you can position them where you’d place a push shoe or push stick.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#7 posted 12-25-2016 01:52 PM

Cliff I’m sure it’s just as others have said, you have to get use to it. I personally do not have one but thought about it a lot.
I made a few different ones out of wood with a long reach that work for me. I added some non skid material to the bottom of them and they work well. I guess it’s a preference. I would say give one a try, you may like it.
Sometimes we are like old dogs, hard to train. LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-25-2016 02:33 PM

I’ve got 2 Grrr-rippers and use them at certain times. I like ‘em. The only thing I didn’t like was the price. If nothing else I’d use them because of the cost to just leave them sitting on a shelf.

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#9 posted 12-25-2016 03:54 PM

I’ve had the Grrr-ippers for a couple years and use them. I have found I prefer a push stick for the back of the piece but love the gripper, specifically it’s ability to ride right over the blade, for the leading end. As other have said, a push stick only can have the leading end lift up resulting in kickback, burning or uneven cuts. I didn’t like using the downward pressure necessary to use two grippers and didn’t like the constant readjustment for the hook on the rear one.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#10 posted 12-25-2016 05:54 PM

I only have one, but I like it. So it takes a few seconds to adjust it for different widths, but that’s OK by me. Maybe it’s a good thing to slow down every now and then.

Give it a try. Practice will make you more confident.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#11 posted 12-25-2016 07:04 PM

I’ve had 2 for a while and use them about half the time or should say when appropriate. It is not natural to have your hand over the blade and this took my brain a few times to adjust. Setting up takes some time but makes me think about the cut I’m making and is it the safest way to do it. I have been using the “leap frog” technique and getting great results.


-- Harry - Professional amateur

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#12 posted 12-25-2016 07:12 PM

I like them and use them where appropriate. As mentioned they are very good for making narrow rip cuts. I like how it also pushes the offcut through. The level of control is great.

But I do like to use my blade guard whenever possible. In that case, the GRRR-RIPPER is only useful as a push block if the cut is wide enough for it to fit between the blade guard and fence.

-- Clin

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#13 posted 12-27-2016 09:41 AM

I have a simple rule with my table saw – unless there is a really good reason (e.g. rebates or splitting lids off boxes), the safety guard stays on. I could probably use the GRRR-Ripper for the rebates, but otherwise it won’t work so well for me. I’m firmly in the camp of feather boards and push sticks.

It does occur to me that it could be really useful on the router table though. I generally find guards on router tables to be cumbersome and to get in the way of push sticks, so I tend not to use them. I do still use feather boards and push sticks, but I think the GRRR-Ripper could work just as well.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#14 posted 12-27-2016 11:24 AM

I bought TWO of the Grippers a couple of years ago. Used them for a little while, however, it forced me to remove my Yellow Board Buddies (anti-kickback) in order to use the grippers.
  • I did NOT like that aspect, since IMO that makes me more vulnerable to kickback.
  • You have to adjust the gripper(s) after EVERY cut (ended up cutting one of the 1/4in. Gripper fences)... too tedious.
  • Don’t like running my hand over the blade with the Gripper, especially since plastic kickbacks are fast & hard, leaving your hand exposed and/or pulled into the blade.
  • Bottom line—I prefer cedar push sticks because the soft wood is very forgiving if you get a push stick too close to the blade.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#15 posted 12-27-2016 12:09 PM

Hairy, Thank yo for your comment.



Knotscot. Thank you for your thoughts and comments.



Hi Dave. Thank you for your advice.


WhyMe, Jim Rochester, MT_Stringer, Harry, Cllin, Tootles, HoirizontalMike. Thank you very much for your Advice, comments, Thoughts. Very much appreciated.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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