ordered my new saw friday, i have read that some guys had trouble with damage during shipping, the guy on the phone told me to unwrap the saw and check it out before i sign the ticket and the driver leaves, could someone tell me anything special to look for besides the obivous dents or scraches. thanks alot guys. i will let u know hoe it goes.
My Grizzly 1023Z came is a torn up box and was dropped on its back while the driver was unloading it! I unboxed it, set it up according to the manual and only needed a minor table adjustment. it works like a charm.
In fact, most of the boxes (packing) were torn up but the machines were fine.
I did have to send the compressor back twice becuase of freight damage and forced Grizzly to change the carrier for the third delivery. fyi - The compressor motor went out after about three weeks of lite use and Grizzly replced it in four days.
Grizzly has been great to deal with and their products seem to be as advertised. Only time and use will tell if they are durable.
In the past, items I've ordered from Grizzly were shipped by (I think) Central Freight. At least one box in each bundle was torn, broken, punctured, or just plain open.
I ordered the G0555 (Ultimate Bandsaw) and a couple other smaller things last Saturday. It seems Grizzly used "Overnite" shipping, instead of Central, and all 3 of the boxes in my order arrived in nearly perfect condition. I didn't even have to write any damage down on the shipping form when I signed for it! Woohoo! :)
I hope this is a real shift in freight shipping at Grizzly, and not just a chance thing.
Shipping damage is the single biggest thing I worry about with Grizzly. It's not that Grizzly is doing anything wrong, it's the lazy shipping companies (not all, but some) trying to make a buck faster. Anything heavy gets slammed around from truck to truck, and no one takes the time to move things with the proper equipment. Most often they're not on a pallet and the freight company can't move them with a pallet jack so they wind up dragging, pushing and rolling the boxes to move them around. Invariably something will get dropped when someone thinks they've "got it".
In response to your question, I guess I'd be looking for cosmetic damage to the box or the saw itself NOT because I'd be worried about the appearance, but because it might be indicative of a large impact that might have functionally damaged something. The other thing to look for is if any of the boxes are crushed (like they've had something sitting on top of them). If another heavy box rode on top of the saw with the boxes for a several hundred miles it might have bent something (out of adjustment).
My Grizz G0444Z came in a slightly tore up box, but the saw was untoutched. It was in perfect condition. Made a few notes on the shipping ticket and didnt have to make use of any of that stuff. Fed-Ex Freight delivered mine and the driver was totaly cool, helped me unload the saw with his lift gate and take it to my shop for me. Great experience over-all.
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"shipped by overnite trucking" Overnite was the company that had the most damage with my order.
As simple precaution, but noting the damage on the delivery slip and taking photos ensured I would get any problems corrected. I used my digicam when the items arrived and I took photos of every box as it came off the truck AND, later, as I opened the boxes.