I’ve heard about the Micro Jig Grr-Ripper push block numerous times before, usually with loads of praise following.
They reached out to me a while ago, and sent over a box of Grr-Ripper products for me to play around with. I don’t remember what happened but the box ended up in storage for the longest time.
I was retrieving some equipment for a recent project, and something compelled me to bring the Grr-Ripper box as well. I’m so glad I did, because I had needed a push block but misplaced my much-loved Bench Dog push blocks!
I opened up the box of Micro Jig Grr-Ripper push blocks, grabbed their famous Grr-Ripper, and put it to use. I figured it’d do in a pinch.
What surprised me is how much I really enjoyed using the push block. I had to do a few partial cuts and a bunch of 1/4″ dados (dadoes?), and it’s reassuring to have extra distance from the blade without compromising anything.
I didn’t use the push block over the blade, at least not for through-cuts when the guarding was in place, but it still came in handy when ripping thinner pieces of wood.
The push block spacers are adjustable, as is an L-shaped piece of plastic that I found to aid in stability. I rested the push block pads on the workpiece, adjusted the L-bracket to the table saw top when working with narrower stock, and to the workpiece height when ripping wider stock.
It was grippy, the adjustments came in handy, and I feel it improved the control over my cuts, compared to not using any push block. Its functionality overlaps with that of regular push blocks a little bit, but there are lots of other things this block can do that others cannot.
I have an advanced Grr-Ripper in my box of goodies that I hadn’t tried yet, and also a bunch of accessories. I’m only halfway through my cabinet build, and so I should have plenty of opportunities to try out the rest of what Micro Jig sent over.
The pricing seems a little high, but there’s nothing quite like this on the market.
My test sample is black and yellow, and it looks like the newest version is all yellow, aside from grippy padding and adjustment knobs. I also used a more basic Micro Jig push block for longer pieces, for a 2 push block combo, and will be posing about it separately.
Made in USA
This Micro Jig promo video features what looks to be an older version of the product, but still shows you a lot of the ways the Grr-Ripper push block is designed to be used:
Thank you to Micro Jig for providing the test samples unconditionally!