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Saw this promo offer going on while stalking Micro Jig Gripper prices on Amazon.

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Quite unrelated, but since table saw safety is connected to this product, you guys have GOT to see Jonathan Katz-Moses' video on YouTube showing how a Sawstop works. It is absolutely amazing.
I saw that the other day. I think he was the first person to film in super slow mo the dado stack tripping. There was so much force generated that the carbide teeth on the saw blade sheered off!! Really incredible footage. I dream of owning a sawstop one day.
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Not to pooh-Pooh the deal, but one thing I hate about this thing is that the handle is right over the blade, and not offset. Meaning, you remove your blade guard, riving knife, and kick back pawls, and THEN you put your wrist/forearm etc over the blade. I get this thing is great for those super thin slices, but an offset push stick with a rubber foot seems much safer to me.
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Can confirm, the Gripper is a great product
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Buy some. It's cheaper than the worse case scenario: https://youtu.be/xOkvx8Uk0Ic
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Thanks op. But I think as a beginner I'd rather get just one Gripper and put the rest of the money towards a Kreg pocket hole jig.
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This FP? Must be slow deal days lol. Having to spend $150 just to save $15 off the full price items seems "OK"... if you were already in the market for spending $150 on Micro Jig stuff. Seems pretty steep just to save a few buys per the multiple items you have to buy to hit the $15 off.
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Man, I really want a grripper, but I really don't want $150 worth of grrippers

Anyone in the Kansas City area looking to buy, we could split an order!
I'd be down to split!
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Not to pooh-Pooh the deal, but one thing I hate about this thing is that the handle is right over the blade, and not offset. Meaning, you remove your blade guard, riving knife, and kick back pawls, and THEN you put your wrist/forearm etc over the blade. I get this thing is great for those super thin slices, but an offset push stick with a rubber foot seems much safer to me.
Why would you remove your riving knife? It can/should be used in conjunction with the gripper.
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I rarely use my set, but when you need them for a specific type of cut, theres nothing better!
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I think I still prefer a push stick more as I feel like my hands are no where close to the blade with the push stick. I'm sure this will be able to push the work piece flatter to the table surface but I don't ever have a real issue with that. The only thing you should keep an eye out is your work piece flat against the fence. So if you have 2 push stick, 1 to push the piece forward, one to push the piece against the fence you should be ok.
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Not to pooh-Pooh the deal, but one thing I hate about this thing is that the handle is right over the blade, and not offset. Meaning, you remove your blade guard, riving knife, and kick back pawls, and THEN you put your wrist/forearm etc over the blade. I get this thing is great for those super thin slices, but an offset push stick with a rubber foot seems much safer to me.
Wow, I hadn't thought about that aspect, seems like that would leave you wide open for kickback. How do they counter for that? Limit the size of pieces it's supposed to be used for?
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If you cannot afford a saw stop and also cannot afford to buy new hands then the Gripper is a great product. Still expensive for a hunk of plastic but it's a hunk of SAFE plastic.

I think the big problem with this deal would be hitting the $150 amount. Even two grippers won't get you there so you'll end up having to add in a filler with just about eats up anything you would have saved from the deal.

Maybe others can point out other high quality micro jig products that can be used to hit the limit?
I would argue that if you can't afford a saw stop, you should wait and save up for one instead of buying a table saw without it. It's like buying a car without seatbelts. Too much risk of a bad accident given enough time.
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Not to pooh-Pooh the deal, but one thing I hate about this thing is that the handle is right over the blade, and not offset. Meaning, you remove your blade guard, riving knife, and kick back pawls, and THEN you put your wrist/forearm etc over the blade. I get this thing is great for those super thin slices, but an offset push stick with a rubber foot seems much safer to me.
Push sticks have their place, but they don't control the wood twisting or raising. If you've got featherboards on side and top, they'll be fine, but for many things, it's like trying to walk a dog by pushing its tail. I use these for any cuts that I can't do on my miter sled. Having the control of the piece right on top of the blade is great. With the control there, there's no chance for the piece to gain momentum.

The only issues I have with them is when the rubber doesn't grip well enough for ripping hard maple.

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Wow, I hadn't thought about that aspect, seems like that would leave you wide open for kickback. How do they counter for that? Limit the size of pieces it's supposed to be used for?
Kickback is generally an issue from the piece lifting due to pinching between the blade and the fence. When you have your pressure on top of the piece with grippers, it's not going to lift. You could still potentially have a misaligned fence that causes the piece to pinch, but again, having that pressure on top is going to do a ton to prevent it.

As for the riving knive - if yours raises and lowers with the blade, it's not getting in the way, and even if it's a bit taller, the gripper has some space to allow it to pass underneath.


Overall, most saw injuries are caused by trying to stay away from the blade, which means you're pushing the piece from an angle that is pushing it into the blade.
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Has anyone tried the 3D printed version of this?

I'm actually in the process of printing one right now. It takes a lot of filament to make one and I still have to figure out the rubber.

having used a real microjig I can say that so far it feels similar to what I'm making
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