I purchased this in store at the Springfield, MO location and my experience could not have been better. IF YOU HAVE NEVER VISITED A GRIZZLY STORE.... MAKE THE EFFORT TO GO. I always love visiting the showroom. They have every tool, every option, and every accessory available to see and touch on the floor. You are free to roam and check out the entire catalog in person. This really helped me in my decision for what version of this saw would fit my space and plan ahead for what options I would like to add on in the future. The checkout and load out process was so simple and pleasant it made me almost forget my usual post purchase blues and plan ahead for the conversations at home of how much money I actually spent.
The cashier was helpful in locating and pricing accessories and options. The in store pickup was quick and efficient. The loading dock staff not only helped me manipulate my multiple boxes into a difficult enclosed trailer, but they also opened and re-boxed the cabinet when a hole was discovered in the box.
On to the saw. This thing is impressive. The packaging was above and beyond excellent. Everything had a perfect place and was designed perfectly to protect even the smallest piece. All cast or metal parts are evenly coated with product to resist corrosion or rust during transport or storage. I had to unpack and rush it all into the shop by myself in a downpour so learn from my mistake... there's a lot of stuff and its heavy, bring a friend (I bumped the motor cover and cracked it).
The assembly process is foolproof with Sawstops hardware packaging system and over the top instructions. I recommend reading thoroughly as you go since the hardware is packaged to work with multiple models or accessories. There are steps that require finesse and there will be unused nuts and bolts (specifically with my 36 fence installation). I accomplished the entire build by myself in a few hours. The only issues I had were putting on the integrated base/standing this beast up and trying to balance the cast tables while starting the bolts.
Final setup is simple and easy to get everything dialed in. Again the directions were perfect for setting the clearance on the fence, the cartridge, and the glide assembly. It comes standard with an a/c style plug, so I rigged an adapter to transition to my larger plugs in my shop since it wont have a permanent home for a while.
I havent got to use it much yet but I can tell its going to serve me well.
Do I love Grizzly Tools experience...yes
Do I regret my purchase.. no
Would I buy it again.. yes
Would I be more careful unpackaging...yes
Do I have bad luck and is this product right for me... beyond a doubt.
Is my garage a total wreck in the attached picture...dont judge me.
Would I do anything different... possibly. The integrated base is VERY NICE, if you are going to leave this saw in place and only move to clean or occasional maintenance.... its for you. It takes little effort to mechanically raise the saw, even with the 36 inch extension. For me, right now, without a permanent placement, the industrial base is definitely the Cadillac of the two and it wouldve been worth the extra $100. Might upgrade later.