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#1 posted 05-05-2013 04:34 PM

the 1023 has a newer design trunion system with dovetail ways for raising/lowering the blade. it also sports a single wide drive belt for powering the blade and a dust collection shroud directly under the blade, which has drawn mixed reviews from users. the 691 more closely resembles an original unisaw’s innards. it;s a swing arm system with 3 individual drive belts driving the blade and an older, more conventional set up for blade raising/lowering. there’s no dust collection shroud, employing, instead, a tilted pan within the cabinet to direct the dust to the 4” dust collection port on the side of the cabinet.

both are well regarded and either shiould serve most needs well. being old fashioned, i would prefer the 691 for it’s resemblance to the time tested older unisaw design.

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