Grizzly White Polar Series vs Standard Green Series

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Forum topic by rlamb007 posted 04-09-2012 09:09 PM 3831 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-09-2012 09:09 PM

OK…I am kinda green to buying Grizzly products. I have purchased a Jointer (G0452P polar series) and it seems to be exactly like the Green version just a few dollars cheaper.

I am looking at getting another Grizzly product and I cannot figure out what the differences of the Polar Series vs the Standard models. Why would the color of the paint make a difference in the price?

Please excuse me, if this a stupid question.


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#1 posted 04-10-2012 12:56 AM

my understanding is that for most models, not much is different. Polar bear series is just another ‘product’ line, mostly with introductory pricing that makes it a bit cheaper and looks better than the green :)

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 10:06 AM

Thanks…In some cases it seems to be a pretty large price difference. I guess it is a marketing thing.

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#3 posted 09-21-2012 04:15 AM

From what I can make out, the Grizzly Bear (green) tools are made in Taiwan, whereas the Polar Bear (white) is made in China. I think the Grizzly Bear is being phased out in favor of Chinese manufactured Polar Bear series tools. At least I saw this happen with the G0562Z dust collector.

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#4 posted 09-21-2012 05:05 AM

They both are the same thing just different colors.

Not all Polar bear series machines are made China.
Some are made in Taiwan also.

Actually the manufacturer has two plants one in China and one in Taiwan.

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#5 posted 09-22-2012 02:24 AM

Steven H – Yeah, someone else pointed this out to me also. I then checked a wider array of Grizzly tools and discovered the truth. Thanks for pointing this out.

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#6 posted 04-24-2014 01:44 PM

To weigh in, just bought a bunch of Grizzly Polar Bear series, and I have to say I am impressed with everything EXCEPT the paint. Having worked with Grizzly products exclusively for over 2 years, and the shop where I was working getting sold off, it was time to invest in my own equipment. Performance wise, they measure up 100% in every way to their green counterparts.

The issue I noticed was that the white paint is more of an enamel coat, and doesn’t conform to the metal casting as well as the green. As a result, it tends to scratch deeper and easier (so be careful when uncrating or moving.) The powedercoat green is a much harder, conforming coat, and has a better industrial feel. If you don’t care about color so much as the performance, there is no compromise going with white. I will be investigating a paint touch up kit just to keep my equipment in tip top visual condition though.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 01:50 PM

I would echo exactly what Mark said. I bought a polar bear series jointer and the paint was awful on it. It was flaking off in large dollar bill sized chunks right out of the box. I looked at the manual and it shows that it was supposed to be a powder coated machine, but obviously was painted, much like Mark noted. I asked Grizzly about it, and they said it must have been a mistake in the manual that would need to be updated/corrected, I dont know if that have or not.

I ended up sending that machine back for various other issues as well and went w/ the standard series jointer and have been very pleased.

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#8 posted 04-24-2014 07:38 PM

Some of these parts may have come from Mr. Wong’s backyard which are a few cents cheaper than those from Mr. Chang’s backyard. Seriously, paint color is just a marketing strategy. It may just be a newer model with a few cheaper parts replacing older parts or maybe they got a good deal on white paint. What companies do behind closed doors is kept from prying eyes.

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#9 posted 04-25-2014 05:52 PM

I think the savings for the company is in the application process. The white paint looks to be slathered on in areas, not really forming drops or runs, but dangerously close to it. I also think enamel paint is cheaper per 500 gallons than powdercoat, so they saved a few bucks there.

As long as we are talking about parts, I was most impressed with the machined finish. Working at a tech college in the welding/machine tool programs, I now appreciate a high quality mill finish that appears to definitely have been table ground. The protective oil coating is a pain to get off, but the tolerances and finish are spot on.

I know the jointer is 6”, but it has the feel of an 8” with the longer table/fence and the upper switch arm.

I also forgot to mention that everything I got from the PA warehouse in the Polar Bear series is from Taiwan, which I have heard is better quality, but who really can tell. Also, there was some talk about a lawsuit with Grizzly doing a white series in the face of Jet. I say, carry-on papa bear.

-- Mark, Western New York, East Lake Woodcraft

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