Overall - This thing is pure beef. It is DEFINITELY built to take punishment. Excellent build quality, great fit and finish. I set it up right away and started making some notches and noticed a few spots that The Grizzly needs improvements on. Notch quality is decent once tool is set properly. This thing SPANKS my old harbor freight notcher but still needs refinement in my opinion.
1. The Degree Wheel - its built to rotate so you can "re-calibrate" from time to time. after a few notches I used my thumb to gently wipe away the metal shavings and scratched the degree numbers. I'd suggest engraving the tool with the numbers, or offer an engraved degree wheel. I don't really need to adjust the degree wheel anyway. If anything the degree indicator can be bent back into position to "recalibrate".
2. The orange clamp mechanisms are pretty clumsy. I thought this was something I would not notice as much. Turns out, when you are trying to maneuver a part with 4 bends into the tool - these clamps are a pain. with simple parts or straight pieces - not quite as bad. The swivel ends are pretty finicky for trying to slide notched parts out and new parts in. Something that only takes one hand to tighten -and without a wrench - would be a massive improvement.
3. Another customer mentioned a double wrench should be included - I agree. I sacrificed a couple and welded them together. Not a deal breaker though.
Another note - USE CAUTION WHEN BACKING OUT SMALL HOLE SAWS - anything 1.25" or…
Thanks for the detailed review, Nathan. We appreciate the feedback.
For the clamps, I always tighten them down by hand using the knurled thumb wheels, then crank them tight with a wrench. Hopefully that's something that can help you when setting up/clamping tubes.
Have an awesome day!