Arrived a few days after I ordered. The trip down Eval Knieval's driveway (800 feet of a barely improved motocross trail) was hare-raising. My tractor (a Kubota 3901 with pallet forks) was just up to the task. Except for the weight, setup was simple. First board, reclaimed oak 2x4 from a 100 year old barn, came out perfectly flat and parallel. Gonna make a lot of beautiful pieces with this baby, that's for sure.
Seriously, I waited for months for Grizzly to get a cheaper model in stock. Eventually gave up and pulled the trigger on this. Is that the Bear's clever strategy?
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON CHANGING GEARBOX OIL:
The gearbox has a drain plug on the bottom and a fill plug on the side. When properly filled, the gearbox holds 16 ounces of 80-90W oil (I measured). ALWAYS remove the two cap screws at the top of the headpiece above the gearbox (see arrows in 2nd picture) when draining the gearbox. My gearbox actually had 24 oz of oil from the factory (probably filled from the cap screws), but when I drained the box without removing the cap screws, a vacuum lock prevented all of the oil from draining out. I only got 12 oz. out, then the box overflowed after adding a mere 4 oz of new oil. Fortunately Griz tech support told me about the cap screws (and sent the pic)--when I opened them, all of the old oil came out and I was able to refill with fresh, clean oil. BTW the cap screws are a much easier way of adding oil than the fill port on the side of the box.
After a month or so of pretty regular use I have to say this is a great machine--haven't had to make a single adjustment, zero snipe, super-smooth results.