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    There is a grizzly ( http://www.grizzly.com ) "showroom" about 2 hrs from me (in Muncie PA i believe).I have never been there.Can you buy a machine from there in person, and have them load it into your truck? Looking to drive up there and (hopefully) pick up a small mill one of these weekends.

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    Originally posted by ak95xj
    Can you buy a machine from there in person, and have them load it into your truck? Looking to drive up there and (hopefully) pick up a small mill one of these weekends.
    In theory, yes. For the last year or so, however, Grizzly has had real issues with inventory. A lot of stuff is backordered and estimated delivery dates seem to just be wild guesses. Call ahead and see if they have the mill(s) you're interested in (and how many).
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    • #3
      This is off their faq page

      Can I pick up my order in one of your showrooms?
      Absolutely! However, there are certain times that we may be out of stock of a particular item. Before you drive a long distance, please call (800) 523-4777 to verify that we have that item in stock

      THANX RICH

      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!
      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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      • #4
        I went up there in 1986 and bought 2 16x40" lathes. They were kind and opened both crates so I could inspect each lathe. They really didn't have to do that.

        Their whole staff was very nice.

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        • #5
          I bought a lathe from the Bellingham, WA store and they loaded it in my truck with a fork lift.

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          • #6

            Can you buy a machine from there in person, and have them load it into your truck?
            Yes, That's how I bought my lathe in Muncie, pick it out in the showroom, and they send you back to the warehouse where a forklift loads it onto your truck.



            Steve.

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            • #7
              re: Less inventory and backorders:

              I've been waiting on an extra set of Parraells from KBC since August that are backordered.

              As posted be sure to open the crate completely and carefully check everything, run the motor.

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              • #8
                I went to the showroom in Springfeild. They were very helpfull. I bought two machines for them to ship and one that they wrapped in plastic to keep out the rain and loaded in my truck. I was very pleased with them.
                Good luck
                John R

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by woodnerd
                  In theory, yes. For the last year or so, however, Grizzly has had real issues with inventory. A lot of stuff is backordered and estimated delivery dates seem to just be wild guesses. Call ahead and see if they have the mill(s) you're interested in (and how many).
                  FIVE years ago I tried to buy a bench top mill from Grizzly and they had zero in stock. Called them for three months trying to get that mill and was finally told that there were none in the country, and the had no idea if or when they would get any more.

                  I hung up the phone and called Enco and got a larger (floor) mill for the same money w/free shipping. And it was delivered within a week.

                  THANK YOU Grizzly!

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                  • #10
                    The Muncie store is well worth the trip-even if your not buying. But if there is one thing in particular you want just call first to verify stock.

                    I bought my table saw, band saw, and drill press there years ago.

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                    • #11
                      I'd try for the Grizzly because they do maintain a staff for dealing with problems like parts. They also even have a large surface grinder for flattening warped castings. They were very helpful with my 16" lathes after purchase.

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                      • #12
                        I made a trip to the Grizzly in Bellingham and picked up my drill press and a 6" x 48" jointer. The folks there were helpful and nice to deal with. I enjoyed browsing their show room and ended up picking up a bunch of miscellanious stuff as well. It gave me a chance to look over their quality and gave me an idea as to what's good (relatively speaking) and what to stay away from.
                        I cut it twice, and it's still too short!
                        Scott

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                        • #13
                          I've been to Grizzlys Bellingham location 4-5 times. Friendly, Well trained and very knowledgeable staff. And from what I gathered, Most at that location are also either metal or woodworking hobbiests too. That one detail was a refreshing change to me because most if not all the staff at places like Busy Bee and the old now out of business House of Tools know/knew far less than I do about the items their trying to sell.

                          Pete

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                          • #14
                            Re: Knowegable staff:
                            This seems to be getting somewhat scarce in some stores.

                            I'll never understand owners who hire clueless people to wait on customers, or answer phones, Very annoying when your'e trying to inquire about a product etc.

                            I found KBC tools staff to be ultra good, the staff there know what they're talking about, are very polite and friendly, and get back quickly if there is a problem.

                            Makes it a pleasure to deal with.

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                            • #15
                              I've been there several times in the last three or four years.

                              The first time I went was to buy a mill, a lathe, drill press and a bunch of other stuff (all stuff that my insurance company was replacing for me). I called the day before to check on availability. There were several of the mill in stock, and only two of the lathe (belt drive 12x36). The fellow on the phone offered to hold a lathe for me but I declined - wouldn't be fair to reserve one in case I wound up not going.

                              Don't you know it, they sold both lathes that morning. Can't say I wasn't warned.

                              I wound up getting the gear head 12x36 instead, for the same money - which I think I'm happier with anyway.

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