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3285jeff

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08-16-2020 04:00 PM

i know everyone has there own option of the gripper and i will say customer service is great,,,but i have one i bought at amazon,,about a year ago and havent used it much and the reason why is because it does not grip the wood ,,i call it the slipper,,,,i even called microjig and they told me to clean it with denatured alcohol,,which i did but it didnt help it a bit,,but i will say microjig has great customer service,,they sent me the leveling blocks that attach to the back free,,,but still all in all,,it is supposed to work as stated on their advertisements,,,i cant speak for everyone else,,,but i hate this thing,,i only wish i had my 59.00 back,,,,,


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Rich

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#1 posted 08-16-2020 04:35 PM

I have two GRRRippers and also their push blocks with the same material that gets slippery. Use a light wipe with acetone. Also you can scuff it with some 120 grit. Finally, add the Gravity Heel Kit.

For me, 90% of the time I prefer a push shoe, but there are times the GRRRipper is a good aid.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Madmark2

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#2 posted 08-16-2020 04:47 PM

Try the Hand Guard:


It straddles the blade while pressing down.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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3285jeff

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#3 posted 08-16-2020 05:33 PM

where do you buy the hand guard

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AMZ

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#4 posted 08-16-2020 05:42 PM



Try the Hand Guard:


It straddles the blade while pressing down.

- Madmark2

Where did you buy it? Looks great!

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Redoak49

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#5 posted 08-16-2020 05:56 PM

I have been using two of them for years with no slippage. I really like mine.

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#6 posted 08-16-2020 07:57 PM

A lot of how well it grips your wood, is how slippery your saw top is…

I use paste wax for rust protection, and it keeps the top nice and slippery. Re-apply as necessary for either purpose.

-- Andy - Arlington TX

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furnman487

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#7 posted 08-16-2020 08:11 PM

Got mine on a group buy deal thru Sawmill Creek when they first came out. Still working good.

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Madmark2

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#8 posted 08-16-2020 08:17 PM

The Hand Guard doesn’t use a grip pad. It uses positive contact and replacable adjustable heels. Their new web site is here: http://gosystems.net

Use their form and they’ll get back to you quick8. It’s basically a one man shop.

Tell him MadMark sent you.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 08-16-2020 09:30 PM

Same here, Jeff. I hate it too and never use it. I had told my wife, hey I need this thing, safety you know, and asked for it as an xmas present. She got it, I used it like twice, and went back to my old reliable custom-made devices.

The thing I really dont like, more so, is that I dont feel my hand is far enough away from the blade when using it, and the angle is weird too.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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AMZ

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#10 posted 08-16-2020 09:31 PM

Thanks MadMark!

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Walker

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#11 posted 08-16-2020 09:48 PM

I rarely make a rip cut without my Gripper. The only time it’s ever slipped are with large workpieces, but the gravity heal fixed that. I would think you have too much resistance in your table saw set up, it shouldn’t be that hard to push through. As suggested, wax the top, but also measure your fence to blade front and back, use a properly aligned riving knife, and a sharp blade.

-- ~Walker

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Woodbum

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#12 posted 08-17-2020 10:55 AM

I Like my gripper and am going to buy a second one. Sorry you are unhappy with your purchase, but not all tools are good for all people. That is why there are so many choices out there. Be safe ,have fun and good luck.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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John Smith

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#13 posted 08-17-2020 01:13 PM


not all tools are good for all people.
That is why there are so many choices out there.
Be safe, have fun and good luck.

- Woodbum

very well said.

.

-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#14 posted 08-30-2020 11:40 AM

I’m late to this discussion, but I use the Grr ripper and heal kit. I do wipe down the rubber from time to time to get a better grip, but the heal takes care of that.

-- Petey

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