I don't normally write reviews, but I know the dust collector is an agonizing purchase and this is a new model that people may be curious about. As background, I made my decision basically by looking for the best value under $1000. Also, I have a small basement shop so I wanted something with a smaller footprint that could be moved around at first but also powerful enough that I can set up ductwork once I am happy with a final location.
Shipping: I order this is during Black Friday and it arrived via Saia Freight right before Christmas. The website said units would be available in December so I really appreciated Grizzly following through on that claim and getting this to me before the holidays. I was expecting a call from Saia freight to schedule delivery, but did not get one. This was immediately forgiven when I walked into the garage and the driver was pulling the last of three boxes up my driveway into the garage. This was unexpected and greatly appreciated, UPS Freight has a policy that does not allow their drivers to do this. I was able to carry most of the machine down to my basement by myself with ease, but the motor comes attached to the big green head unit so was too big and awkward. It was very easy with a second person.
Packaging: The packaging really couldn't have been any better. There was not a nick, scratch, or dent on any part of the machine.
Assembly: The instructions were plenty clear, and the whole process went pretty easily without frustration. It takes a while as there are a lot of bolts to tighten, but no difficulty interpreting instructions. I like trying to assemble things myself even when the instructions say to use a helper, but you really do need two people to mount the top unit. You basically need to lift it and balance it on 4 legs which is incredibly unstable until you get it bolted in place. Not bad with two people and the rest of the assembly was easy. I did have a small issue with the included hardware. There were not nearly enough 1/2 inch flange bolts included and too many 3/4 inch flange bolts. The bolts provided did not match the parts list, which did not match what the instructions said to use. I picked up a few dollars worth of bolts at the hardware store and completed the assembly no problem.
Finish: The finish on this machine seems quite impressive. I was clumsily banging it with a wrench during assembly without causing a blemish. I didn't notice any areas where the finish would start to peel off as I've seen on other shop equipment.
Design/Function: I'm not an expert on this stuff and this is my first ever dust collector. I know there is a lot of science and debate behind what makes for effective dust collection, but this will suit my needs just fine. I haven't done anything yet other than hook it up to my table saw via some flex hose, but it was getting every bit of visible dust. The overall design of the machine is really nice, it moves around very easily and the lever used to remove and seal the dust bin works smoothly. The remote works great. I went upstairs and was able to turn it on and off in my living room. I have two extremely minor complaints. Changing the bags can be a little finicky, the bag holder I think could have been engineered to make this a little easier. The other minor negative is that the directions tell you to mount the cyclone so the inlet ports face straight out. It would be nice if you configure the ports to face in different directions, but this won't end up mattering much for me. It is a loud machine, I definitely plan to wear hearing protection while its running. This won't bother me, but might be a nuisance for people upstairs who would be able to hear it. I may look into some solution to muffle the sound at some point.
Overall I am very happy with this purchase so far and look forward to getting the most out of this machine.