Author Topic: Whatever Happened to the Mesa Vista Design GRIP-TITE Magnetic Featherboard?  (Read 3145 times)

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Offline Bob D.

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Was searching this weekend for the GRIP-TITE Magnetic Table Saw Featherboard made by Mesa Vista Design but they don't appear to be in production anymore.

Does anyone know why and when they disappeared?
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

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Offline antss

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I believe Magswitch ran them outa town roughly 3 years ago.   [unsure]

Grip tite was pretty difficult to use , especially in the early versions that didn't have the release lever.   Magswitch is a breeze by comparison and offered more versatility once they separated the magnets from the holders. 

Offline Bob D.

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Yes, I have a couple MagSwitch products and like them. I didn't realize they killed off the Grip-Tite though.
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

Offline antss

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Maybe you took "run outa town" too literal.  [unsure]

Offline Bob D.

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Maybe you took "run outa town" too literal.  [unsure]

Are you saying they are still in business? I can't find anything recent and the places I checked
don't seem to stock the Grip-Tite featherboards any more. Tried Woodcraft, Lee Valley, Amazon,
and Rockler. They all have the MagSwitch though.
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?

Offline antss

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No longer in business as far as I know, but not because Magswitch bought and then shuttered them. 

I was saying a better mousetrap came along and market forces took care of the rest.

They prob turn up on eBay from time to time if you really gotta have one.

Offline Bob D.

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OK, I follow now, I'm a little slow today I guess.
Not in the market as I already have one, and it was
pretty much supplanted in my shop with the MagSwitch
a couple featherboards. It just seemed to me like they
were there and next time I looked (today) they were gone.
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It's a table saw, do you know where your fingers are?