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.