Grizzly Industrial has introduced its new Polar Bear series of woodworking machines. The seven machines will have the same quality, features and warranty as their green counterparts and an introductory price that won't "deep-freeze" the budget, according to the company.
"We pride ourselves on offering the largest selection of machines in the industry and have now expanded the selection to include a series of dazzling white machines," says Shiraz Balolia, Grizzly president.
Two of the seven machines are new, including a 10" 2-hp hybrid table saw with riving knife, model G0715P, with an introductory price of $758.
"We are quite excited about this saw as there are very few hybrid saws that are certified to the new UL987 standards," says Bill Crofutt, Grizzly quality control manager. "Lighter and more compact than a cabinet saw, yet having similar performance and accuracy, will make it very popular on the job site."
The other new machine is a 12" 'baby' drum sander, model G0459P, which is selling for $528.
"We not only changed the color, but have a new conveyor system that is direct-drive using a larger, more powerful motor and redesigned variable speed control," Crofutt says.
The five other machines are the 14" Ultimate band saw, 17" band saw, 1-1/2-hp shaper, 8" jointer and 15" planer with a mobile base.
"This new line is really about variety and choices," Balolia says. "We already offer the most woodworking machines in the world under the same brand. The Polar Bear series takes this to a new level by giving customers a whole new color option."
"Henry Ford may have said, 'Any customer can have a car painted any color he wants so long as it is black,' " comments Crofutt. "But some of our customers want a choice in color and now they've got one. And for now there are some significant savings buying the Polar Bear white versus the Grizzly green, but that won't last for long."
Contact: Grizzly Industrial, 1821 Valencia St., Bellingham, WA 98229. Tel: 800-523-4777. www.grizzly.com
This article originally appeared in the August 2010 issue.