The saying is that a leopard doesn’t change its spots, but I guess it is possible for a bear to change its color. This week Grizzly Industrial Inc. will announce a new line of tools that will be available beginning in July 2010. The new series will called the “Polar Bear Series.” Take a look at the color and it’s obvious why the name Polar Bear , the bodies of the tools are white, not the normal Grizzly green to which we’ve grown accustomed.
There are nine tools available with the dazzling white paint. There is the G0555P Ultimate Band Saw , a 14″ cast iron band saw perched on an open base , set at an introductory price just less than $400. If you’re in need of additional cutting capacity in a band saw, the Polar Bear series also has a 17″ heavy-duty machine (G0513P) priced at $698.
Looking for an 8″ jointer? The Polar Bear series has two models from which to choose. You’ll find the white-painted G0656P with a four-knife cutterhead, priced at $728. For a spiral cutterhead, look at the G0656PX. It’s available for a $270 up- charge. If you want to spend a few dollars less (though we don’t recommend 6″ jointers, as that’s just not enough machine for many tasks) , there’s a 6″ jointer also in the series. It’s priced at $398. After you have your lumber flat on one side, send it through the 15″ Polar Bear planer (G0453P) priced at $898. Both the planer and the jointers have a built-in mobile base.
The new color also covers a 12″ Baby Drum Sander (G0459P). When I brought a drum sander into my shop, my production immediately increased. Not only did I have to sand less as I prepared for finishing, the panels came out flat , and that makes most operations run smoother. Add this tool to your shop for a reasonable $528. And if a small shaper is in your future, and you want that machine to be white, take a gander at the G1035P. This 1-1/2 hp shaper has an introductory price of $498.
Each of the machines features a new logo (shown above). And if you’ve noticed, each of the machines has a “P” at the end of the item numbers , one can only guess the letter stands for polar. (I know Dr. Watson, that is brilliant deductive reasoning!)
If you’re observant, I’ve mentioned only eight tools. What machine, necessary in most shops, is missing from the list? How about a table saw? In our Hybrid Table Saw article in the November 2007 issue, Grizzly’s saw was the G0478. Search for that machine at grizzly.com and you’ll find this: Please note that this item is discontinued and no longer available for sale. You knew it wouldn’t be long before the company introduced a replacement hybrid table saw. Part of the Polar Bear series, and also painted white, is the G0715P. It’s a 2-horsepower saw, with a riving knife, for the introductory price of $758.
For more information, go to the Grizzly web site and plug the model number into the search box. (This news is fresh, so give the online guys time to get everything listed on the Grizzly site).