The Coolidge Chronicles #6: Part 1 - Grizzly G0696X 5HP 12" Table Saw Assembly

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Blog entry by darthford posted 11-20-2013 08:52 AM 2824 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the 12” 5HP beast arrived today…and still the UPS freight driver mocked me for not having a lathe geesh. Out of respect before I got going on my saw I first gave my brothers Powermatic PM2000 I have been using a good cleaning and a fresh coat of Boeshield .

Here I unboxed the fence and compared it to the PM. The major points, both fences use the same 2” x 3” steel tube. The Grizzly fence is longer and has end support to ride on the rear fence rail. The Grizzly has aluminum fence guides vs polyethylene on the PM, I think I prefer polyethylene and will likely apply a thin skin of this to the Grizzly fence. Polyethylene is very slippery, nearly as slippery as Teflon and is virtually indestructible. I don’t worry at all about moving the PM fence around but I’m already skittish about scratching something with the Grizzly fence or damaging it. That said polyethylene isn’t exactly a precision manufactured product it has to be machined flat. Trivia…I once purchased a 4×8 foot sheet of 1” thick polyethylene…it weighed several hundred pounds.

Here’s a close up of the PM fence bottom, it has small friction pads of an unknown substance and not much spring it seems pretty much welded in place. Also the top rail plastic buttons wear very fast due to the course grind on the fence rail.

I think the Grizzly has the advantage here, these are polyethylene friction pads and much larger, also this piece is freely sprung and looks replaceable with a couple of screws.

Here’s an angle shot of the PM fence bottom, note how the tube bottom is open near the clamp to allow access to that fence bolt, this area is welded shut on the Grizzly so I say advantage Grizzly on strength here.

Here’s the Grizzly

Here’s a final shot of the top of the fences, the Grizzly is several inches longer. I think the PM has a nicer locking handle though the Grizzly is no slouch. The Grizzly has 2 magnifying viewers for the win over the PM’s one.

Here are the Grizzly fence rails, they are the same size/thickness as the PM. Grizzly says these are epoxy coated vs painted I like that. I say Grizzly wins here if for no other reason than they are black and that’s bad ass!

Okay its time to uncrate this thing, I was concerned about these two cross braces rubbing on the table top during shipping. One did rub on the plastic but its a very thick plastic bag with another layer of plastic covering the table and there was no damage to the table at all.

Dang this thing is BIG! Note how the table wing looks different, its not ground and polished as well as the table, I would say the Grizzly table wing finish is on par with the Powermatic table.

That’s not a rust spot, that’s a yellow sticker on my garage door reflecting on the table surface! Sorry $3,000 Powermatic the $2,195 Grizzly has you beat bad on table surface quality. That was one disappointment with the PM I was not at all impressed with the quality of the table surface.

Here’s a close up, that’s curious how they machined away part of the throat plate, the fit and finish thus far is very nice I’m quite happy with what I see.

Here’s a shot of the front, even the sides of these tables are machined flat and smooth. Every saw I have owned before has had some course grind don’t give a crap finish on the sides of the table. Well that’s as far as I got tonight folks.

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 01:22 PM

I’m definitely jealous. I would be over the moon with the PM, but I have to admit that at 30% less the Grizzly would surely be my choice too and maybe even at the same price. I hope you get a lot of enjoyment out of it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#2 posted 11-20-2013 05:13 PM

What a great saw. I am super jealous. Please post a video when you are done so we can see it cut something…..and drool

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 02:46 AM

definately interested in hearing/seeing more about this saw. Keep us posted and enjoy!

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 03:53 AM

I’m awaiting your further reviews on this beast. I may be looking for a new table saw to replace my Porter Cable Lowes special (aka Hitachi C10FL). I need more power and am curious to see how much wood your 5hp Grizzly will consume!

You know Tim Allen would say you should have gotten the G0697X 13” 7.5 HP model. You can never have enough power! lol

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 04:33 AM

Hey clafollett where you been man. I got distracted today with a trip to the hardwood store, picked up some 5/4 oak for a project and a sheet of 1” 5’x5’ birch ply. Beast assembly to begin in 30 minutes.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 01:43 AM

I’ve been around here and there. Been working on a monitor stand for my wife on the weekends and my project at work has been working after hours so free time has been limited.

One of our macaws decided to land on my wife’s nice 27” Samsung LED monitor and bite down on the screen. This killed off a 1 1/2” wide horizontal and vertical band on the screen. I vowed not to let that happen again so I’ve designed an enclosed monitor stand I’m making out of Maple ambrosia for the frame and aromatic cedar for the side and back panels. Hopefully I can get it wrapped up in the next couple of weekends. I’ll post up some pics when I do.

I’ve been watching your Coolidge Chronicles though. You look like you’re getting close to getting out of the tech industry! lol I love all your new tools and that damned table saw is a beast!

I’m looking forward to reading how she performs.


-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 02:43 AM

Aromatic ceder, love that stuff they had a nice stack of it at the hardwood store earlier today. Yeah post some pics I’d be interested.

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