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This is it main page for the X3 mill made by Sieg and sold by Grizzly Industrial. Currently, Harbor Freight, and other distributors now sell the X3 (after a much anticipation in 2005 and 2006).

The X3 is an "in-between" mill that's sized between the X2 mini-mill (also made by Sieg) and the Rong-Fu machines (RF 20-45, whether round columned or dovetailed). talks about the comparisons between the sizes.

Sometime in May 2007, Grizzly initiated a "Summer Sale" for some of their machinery. The Grizzly G0463 X3 dropped in price from $950 to $925 (a whopping $25! :). For a total price of $1019.00, we placed an order.

Ordered on late on a Friday (after work hours) via their website, the entire process was easy. We were immediately emailed a confirmation of our web order and that was that.

The weekend went by and Monday came and went. On Tuesday, we gave them a call since we hadn't received any notice of status updates (usually other vendors - perhaps with the exception of Harbor Fright - will usually follow-up once your item ships with a tracking number). After a few minutes on the phone, we found out that the mill shipped on Monday (essentially, the very next day) and were provided with a FedEx Freight tracking number. It was due to arrive on Wednesday. We then called the FedEx office to make sure that there was a liftgate on the truck to deliver the mill. We requested that the FedEx driver call us and give us a heads-up prior to delivery so that we can get ready.

Thursday afternoon, we get a call from the FedEx driver. Within 30 minutes, he was here. We gave him a hand to offload the crate onto the hand dolly and wheel it inside. We open up the box and inspect the mill. It looked OK, so we signed the delivery slip and off we went.

This has been such a painless process that we'd certainly recommend Grizzly (of course, this is our first experience with Grizzly) for machinery purchases. We're still waiting for our ENCO-branded Rong-Fu 45 clone mill so watch out for that article.

Now, onto the inspection of the mill! Just how do you move a 350lb. mill with one person? Use a shop crane!



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