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Offline SRSemenza

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Gripper
« on: February 13, 2008, 09:30 PM »
Hi,

       I am interested in the Gripper push block . I will mostly be using it with  a router table. Am I going to want two of them for longer pieces?


Seth


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Offline Jesse Cloud

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 09:39 PM »
Hey Seth,
The gripper is great!  I cant find any way to use it with Festool, glad you posed in "OFF-TOPIC", wouldn't want to get Brice on our case :D.

The gripper applies pressure both toward the fence and downward, so its perfect for tablesaws, routers, and jointers.  The splitter that comes with it is amazing.  If you place it with once face toward the fence, theres a tight pressure against the fence.  With the other face toward the fence, the pressure is less.  I find my machining comes out much smoother with the gripper splitter. 

The basic gripper lets you rip very thin strips on the tablesaw with no fear.  Very safe.

If you are ripping something larger than say 8 inches, you need two.  For really long pieces, you can play 'leap frog' with two.

Very much like Festool, pricey - but a great investment that pleases you each time you use it.

Offline Daviddubya

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 09:58 PM »
I have and use two GRR-Rippers.  I use them on the table saw and router table.  Yes, two are handy to have, and far better than cheap push blocks.  I have some of the fancy doo-dad accessories that they sell, and NEVER use them.  Buy two basic models, or one basic and one with accessories, if you think the accessories will be useful for you.  They are pricey, but you are used to that being a Festool fan.
David W. Falkenstein
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Offline SRSemenza

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 11:39 PM »
I have and use two GRR-Rippers.  I use them on the table saw and router table.  Yes, two are handy to have, and far better than cheap push blocks.  I have some of the fancy doo-dad accessories that they sell, and NEVER use them.  Buy two basic models, or one basic and one with accessories, if you think the accessories will be useful for you.  They are pricey, but you are used to that being a Festool fan.

Hi,

   So I take it that you don't use the large add on  stabilzer plate (what ever it is really called).

Seth

Offline Steve Jones

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008, 02:36 AM »
Interesting how experience with products matches between such a diverse group, I love the GRR-Ripper and have the full set of accessories, I think I used the bolt on doohickies once, the basic machine sit right by the tablesaw and gets used every time I think about how much I like having all my fingers (every time the piece I'm cutting is small enough to get my fingers close to the blade).
Steve Jones

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Offline fidelfs

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008, 12:52 PM »
You won't get disappointed.  It is one tool I don't think much of it but it is the one I am looking for it all the time.

It works as is intended and more.  It is better than any other push tool I have.

There is never a situation where it can't be done with the right hand tool - even though it may be a lot more work.

Offline Dave Ronyak

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Re: Gripper
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2008, 03:00 PM »
Buy a pair.  They work well.  Very handy when pushing longer pieces through.  I feel much safer using my table saw with them.  I bought mine at a woodworking show, the price was reduced compared to catalogue's and online dealers at that time.  And they included a very helpful instructional DVD which demonstrated setup and use in a good variety of woodworking operations, mostly with a table saw.  I do use the wide flat stabilizer plates at times, e.g. ripping/resawing strips from a board that is taller than wide.

Dave R.
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