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Posted on My dream table saw and bandsaw... opinions?

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#1 posted 07-31-2012 10:34 AM

The alignment issues that plagued the early G0715P models also plagued the early R4512 and Craftsman 21833’s….ironically, all came out at around the same time and have very similar guts. Those issues have supposedly all been dealt with….FWIW, Griz did seem to take action first, so I’d think those worries are over.

What you get for the extra $400 on the G0715P are two solid cast iron wings, a significantly better steel t-square fence, a full enclosure with better DC, and more mass. There’s little argument that those are all desirable features….whether or not they’re worth a $400 premium is for you to decide. I think they would be for more….adding a better fence and solid wings at a later time would likely cost at least that, and would be harder to do. Either way, once aligned and fitted with a good blade, either of those saws should serve you well.

I’d at least give some consideration to one of the Steel City hybrids that NiteWalker mentioned. The Craftsman 22116 is made by them, and goes on sale in the $850 range. It has a granite top, cabinet mounted trunnnions, full enclosure, steel t-square Biese clone fence, and is very heavy and stable.

If you’ve got 220v, I’d even give serious consideration to the Griz G1023RL 3hp cabinet saw….it’s far more substantial than any hybrid or contractor saw. The saw alone would blow most of your budget, but you’d have a heck of a saw that should last a lifetime or 3.

Let us know how you make out.

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