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#1 posted 10-05-2011 06:34 AM

If you’ve got 220v and the budget, I think “most” would acknowledge that a cabinet saw is a more substantial saw than a portable jobsite, contractor saw, or hybrid saw.

There are pros and cons to buying both new and used. A good used saw is often the best way to get the most saw for the money, but it depends on what’s available in your area when you’re looking, the condition of the saw, and your comfort level of having no warranty. The older saws also don’t have an updated riving knife, and many could use a fence update. A riving knife is a more elegant solution than a traditional splitter IMO, but a good splitter is certainly capable of performing the same function, so wouldn’t be a deal breaker for me. In some cases an aftermarket riving knife called the “BORK” will can be retrofitted to an older saw.

The Grizzly cabinet saws are well regarded and considered excellent value in today’s market place for hobbyists. Many will consider a Canadian made General 350/650, Delta Unisaw, or PM66 to be more robust machines, but the Grizzly G1023 and G0690 are plenty capable of excellent work for most hobbyists, and even many commercial shops, plus they’ll carry a warranty and have all the modern features.

Which is best for you is really an executive type decision that only you can make. Please keep us posted!

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