Grizzly has recently teased their entry into the cordless power tool market, with a new 20V drill/driver listed on their site. Now, it’s clear they’re all-in, launching a full spectrum of core cordless power tools.
Grizzly, if you’re not familiar with the brand, is large mostly mail-order brand of woodworking and metalworking machinery, offering everything from benchtop tools under $1000 to huge 3-phase equipment with 5-figure price tags.
And now, they’re getting into the cordless power tool market. Not only that, they describe their new power tool lineup as Pro, which could mean they’re looking to grab a chunk of market share from typical pro brands, such as Dewalt and Milwaukee.
Here’s what Grizzly has come out with so far:
- T30290 Grizzly PRO Hammer Drill
- T30291 Grizzly PRO Impact Driver
- T30292 Grizzly PRO 3/8″ Impact Wrench
- T30293 Grizzly PRO Circular Saw
- T30294 Grizzly PRO Reciprocating Saw
- T30295 Grizzly PRO Jigsaw
- T30296 Grizzly PRO Oscillating Tool with 9 Accessories
- T30298 Grizzly PRO Inflator w/ LCD Panel
- T30299 Grizzly PRO Angle Grinder
- T30300 Grizzly PRO Bluetooth Speaker
- T30301 Grizzly PRO USB Adaptor
- T30304 Grizzly PRO 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery
- T30305 Grizzly PRO 4.0Ah Lithium Ion Battery
- T30303 Grizzly PRO 2.4A Dual Port Charger
- T30300 Bluetooth Speaker
Have instant power at your fingertips with our new lineup of professional duty 20V Grizzly PRO™ cordless tools and accessories! The beauty of our 20V system is the ability to operate any tool in our lineup without unnecessary additional batteries lying around your shop – it’s that simple.
For some of the tools, they add:
The Grizzly PRO™ 2.0Ah Lithium Ion Batteries are low profile and incredible lightweight for all day performance.
They also say: Affordable Performance has Arrived!
Looking at the product pages for the individual tools, their specs are modest.
The new Grizzly Pro 20V cordless hammer drill has competitive speed range, but lower max torque rating than I would have expected. It does have a brushless motor, which is surprising, but welcome.
- 1/2″ metal chuck
- brushless motor
- 0-600/0-2000 RPM
- 370 in-lbs max torque
The new Grizzly Pro 20V impact driver looks a little better on paper.
- 1/4″ quick-release chuck
- brushless motor
- 0-3000 RPM no-load
- 0-3000 IPM
- 1400 in-lbs max torque
They don’t mention if it’s single-speed, or if there are multiple torque/speed settings.
The new 6-1/2″ Grizzly Pro 20V circular saw is not listed as having a brushless motor.
- 6-1/2″ blade size
- Electric brake
- 3800 RPM
Dewalt’s DCS391 brushed motor cordless circular saw, for example, features a 5150 RPM motor. Faster cutting speeds means greater performance and quicker work.
Overall, the new Grizzly Pro cordless power tools appear to be very low priced – a good thing for DIYers and others who want maximum capabilities on a smaller budget.
The Grizzly Pro cordless jigsaw, for example, is $69.95 for the full kit, including a battery and charger. Or, it’s $57.95 for the tool and a 2.0Ah battery. The bare jigsaw is just $26.95.
Cordless circular saw? $34.95. Oscillating multi-tool? $34.95 for the bare tool.
Grizzly Pro 20V Combo Kit Pricing
- Hammer drill and impact driver kit with (2) 2.0Ah batteries and charger: $189.95
- Circular saw and reciprocating saw kit with (2) 4.0Ah batteries and charger: $187.95
- “Contractor” 5pc tool kit with 3 batteries and dual-port charger: $329.95
- 20V Master kit with 10 cordless power tools, a charger accessory, 3 batteries, and dual-port charger: $549.95
More Info(Grizzly Catalog Page w/ Links)
Notably, the batteries are said to be made by Samsung, although it’s unclear as to whether they mean the battery cells, or the entire packs. Samsung does offer power battery pack design and manufacturing services (Samsung SDI).
What makes these tools “Pro?”
What will the warranty be like, if a tool fails prematurely?
Who is Grizzly competing against?
Will they be coming out with new tools?
Will bare tools and batteries still be available for purchase 5 years from now?
Grizzly introduced their lineup as being incredible professional 20V power tools. What makes them incredible? From the looks of it, affordable, yes. Incredible? No.
However, the tools do offer some good features. The oscillating multi-tool, for example, has tool-free blade change.
The pricing is really low. $13 for a fast charger, $35 for a 2.0Ah battery, $58 for a 4.0Ah battery, and bare tool prices are around $35 for the saws and $60 for the brushless hammer drill or impact tools.
The impact driver has a mid-range max torque rating of 1400 in-lbs, but the brushless 3/8″ impact wrench is a little under-rated with similar specs, using the Dewalt DCF890B as a baseline.
Here is the question that Grizzly needs to answer: WHY should someone buy these cordless power tools? Right now, it seems like they’re hoping the tools sell themselves. Why buy these tools instead of say Porter Cable, Skil, Ryobi, or Harbor Freight’s Hercules line, or any of the other more budget-friendly cordless power tool systems?
Thank you to Fred for the heads-up!
In this email, Fred postulated that maybe Grizzly is looking to compete with Harbor Freight. They could be, but if so they’ll have to improve their marketing game. They’ll have to up their marketing if they’re looking to compete with any brand.
Lastly, I’m just thinking aloud here, but could these new Grizzly Pro cordless power tools be linked in some way to Walmart’s inclusion of Grizzly in their Pro Tools store?