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Grizzly G0715p #1: Setting up shop

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Blog entry by bcurlee posted 06-13-2013 06:59 AM 1820 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Setting up my home workshop hit a major milestone today with the arrival of my Grizzly G0715p table saw. Like many home shops, space is a premium followed closely by mobility. Of all the saws I researched, the Grizzly provided the best set of features I was looking for and priced right.

The setup and adjustment was very straight forward. Using my carpenters level I was able to level the extensions and tune the fence in less than 30 minutes. The blade and t-slots were aligned perfectly from the factory but the tilt was off about three degrees. Nonetheless I was able to correct the tilt in minutes using my pocket square as my guide.

The fence is real nice and lives up to the Biesemeyer “like” reviews I’ve read. Having used Biesemeyer fences on other saws before, I have to say first hand I agree. The ability to easily lift the fence off the saw made alignment to the t-slot and adjusting the clamping to my liking quick work. Operation is smooth and when clamped very solid.

I did run a single 220v 20 amp outlet versus converting the motor wiring to 110v. This took longer for me to complete than the entire setup and adjustment of the saw but I’m glad I did it. My first impression of the saw when I started it for the first time was how quiet it ran. I’m looking forward to running some material through it.



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TDominy

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#1 posted 06-13-2013 02:11 PM

bcurlee

Good review and I agree completely. I just bought a G1023RLW and had the same experience except none of the accessories needed adjustment. The fence and the blade tilt and alignment were perfect. I did have some minor damage from shipping, but the customer service at Grizzly is top notch. I had replacement parts in a few weeks and none of the damage affected the function of the saw.

I was a little disappointed in the miter gage’s quality. It will work for most stuff, but I think I am going to have to get one that is a better quality for some things I do.

The saw I replaced was one that I inherited from my father and was a circa 1960’s Sears contractors saw. This saw is heads above that saw, but I do miss the handy shelf that was around the contractors saw. Maybe someone has some ideas on how to accommodate some blade and miter gage storage within the saw’s footprint.

Thanks for the review and enjoy your saw.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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bcurlee

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#2 posted 06-13-2013 05:06 PM

Yeah I would agree about the miter gauge’s quality. It does appear to be more an after thought. It does give me a good excuse to pick up an INCRA miter!

One item I did go with was a heavy duty dolly from Vestil. It is far more solid than the Shop Fox bases I’ve used plus all the casters swivel. It’s welded steel with a 840lb capacity so I expect it to hold up well.

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#3 posted 06-13-2013 11:17 PM

bcurlee I have the grizzly 715 saw own it almost two years now . It is a great saw have had no problems with the saw . I have run some 2 and 3 inch thick hardwoods thru this saw . Saw has plenty of power . Think you will be very happy with this saw . I agree miter gauge is bad I bought one of the incra gauges .

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