Steve, boy would you be confused in my shop. I have Powermatic, Euro made Laguna, Minimax, Sawstop, as well as Yorkcraft and Grizzly. Other than the Euro machines I'm of the opinion that the biggest difference is in the color of the paint. I have no brand loyalty. I do try to support local businesses when I buy if possible but that is about it. I find the machine that best suits my needs and buy it. While cost is always a concern it is never my number one priority. If it comes down to two basically identical machines with different paint colors then price does play a major roll. I have, and have used enough Grizzly equipment to say that the difference in quality today is almost nonexistent. In fact, I have one Powermatic machine I would gladly trade for a comparable Grizzly machine (drill press) if given the chance. The stigma that some people have with Grizzly equipment may have ben justified 25 years ago but no longer applies in my mind.
Most likely they do what other companies do. And that is to reduce inventory before the end of the year. Inventory that carries from one year to the next is taxed. So it's best not to have allot of inventory carry over. It's a dumb tax code as it hurts vendors and customers.
My dad used to run a AGAP (nationwide remanufactured engines) at the end of the year they would cut way back on assembled engines as they were taxed a higher rate for assembled engines vs unassembled....
Which dc did you get. I need a new and bigger one. I was really tempted to buy that two bag shop fox that was on clearance. It's a bagger but that's a deal for that much airflow. Would prefer the big cyclone though. I had an old onieda as in it was galvanized steel and it wasn't much better than the mmedium sized bag units.
Robert, my original plan was to buy the Grizzly 5 hp cyclone. After looking at my application and the requirements for my shop I decided the G0441 3 hp cyclone would suit my needs better. Unless I was willing to put in some monster duct work I just didn't feel the additional hp would be much advantage. If the costs were close I may still have gone with the 5hp but the cost difference was $1000 and the difference in the performance just wasn't enough to justify the cost. Honestly I probably could have got by with a 2 hp unit but I like my lungs so I wanted the most powerful unit I could afford and fit within reason.
Read Arlin's comment about Grizzly offering veteran's a discount. I wasn't aware so emailed The Griz and got this answer:
Yes, Grizzly is proud to offer military discounts to service members multiple times during the year in the form of a coupon that can be applied to a future order with us. If we have your email address on file you should receive our specials. If you do not receive them in your inbox, you may want to check your Spam folder and/or add Grizzly to your address book. You may also find specials in our advertisements in woodworking and metalworking magazines, so we recommend checking any of these magazines you may subscribe to. If you would like to sign up for coupons and specials, please visit http://grizzly.com/sign-up. Please also check our website frequently for military discount promotions.
I've only had one...in dog beers.
If hummus is made from Garbanzo beans, why isn't it called Garbanzus?