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#1 posted 09-28-2011 07:42 PM

I’m sorry, but I’ve been an engineer in a foundry most of my career and “soft cast iron” does not exist. The better, more expensive grades might be considered “softer” than the really cheap stuff which is hard and brittle.

If you have lumber wearing out the surface of a cast iron table you need to look at your wood storage area. Must have dirt and or sand on your wood.

Now, as for control hardware, that can be soft, like A-36 steel instead of alloyed steel.

In the interest of full disclosure, I don’t own a Grizzly tool, but I have one of the cheapest cast iron table saws on the market, a Craftsman, and I’d never say it was soft. Crappy fit and finish, designed on the bleeding edge of too light and flimsy to be useful, but it ain’t soft. Probably comes from the same Asian factory as the Grizzly. I do know several woodworkers who have Grizzly saws that they just love.

Seems to me if you bought machines 7 times from Grizzly (thanks wasmithee for making the count possible) you would have noticed the problem before you filled up your shop. Makes me wonder what they did to piss you off. Just sayin.

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