|Review by gillyd||posted 05-29-2011 05:23 AM||12743 views||3 times favorited||39 comments|
First off, I’d like to say a few things to give you a bit of context around my review.
This is the first table saw I have ever owned, so I have nothing to compare it to. I have been using it now for 4 months, I meant to write a review right away, but I am glad that I waited as my feelings for the saw have changed a bit.
Now on to the review.
Assembly Time: 5 hours.
- Driver was pleasant to talk to, he even helped me get it setup in my garage, as opposed to leaving it on the curb as I have heard some do.
- Package was damaged, and while the driver was unloading the pallet he actually tipped the package over a bit onto another crate. I wasn’t happy about that, but it didn’t appear anything was broken.
- Came in a few boxes. The fence came in a package all by itself, the saw came as one package, and then the manuals, etc came in another. The saw was wrapped well by shrink wrap.
- Since as you can probably notice some of the packages were broken, or damaged upon delivery. In fact some of the washers and bolts were missing. One quick call to Grizzly and they shipped the replacements overnight, they were very good to deal with on the phone.
- For someone who has never owned a table saw before, I wanted to make sure I did this right. The manual that came with the saw is excellent! Not only is there information about how to assemble the saw, but there are hints and techniques for each cut, etc. In the day and age of printing small manuals, Grizzly sure has done it right by going old school and sacrificing a small tree to get you the information you need.
- The manual is online in PDF format! I like having the digital copies available when ever you need it. Its interesting that they printed such a large manual, and then they offer it online as well. Ha!
- I had to shim the table extensions as they were off by a bit. Doing this by myself wasn’t too bad, but it was time consuming. Make sure you have a soft hammer ready when doing this. In fact, the woodwhisperer shows you how to do it in one of his podcasts if you are curious.
- Even though the dial said 0 degrees for the blade (which is suppose to be perfectly square to the table), it was off by a bit, so I had to adjust it and then use my square to check it.
- The fence is not as easy to square up as I had hoped. I am even battling this still to this day.
Fit and Finish/Thoughts
- Runs nice and quiet.
- Riving knife is very easy to install and adjust. Make sure you adjust it, as mine was off by quite a bit when it arrived.
- 2 HP seems to be plenty of power, I am very glad I got the 220 installed for this saw.
- Grizzly customer service was great when sending the missing parts!
- Nice dust collection within the cabinet.
- One piece fence/rails.
- Fence isn’t what I had hoped it would be. I know its probably a step up from some fences, but I am still mildly disappointed with it, and I am even considering buying a nice Beisesemeyer instead.
- Mitre gauge isn’t good. In fact I went out and got an INCRA mitre gauge instead.
- Not sure I like where the on/off switch is. I keep knocking the big red off switch onto the floor with my leg when I walk around it.
4 Stars. I may have given this saw 5 stars, as for the money I am not sure this saw can be beat. Its going to be extremely hard for anything to get a perfect score from me in my reviews. The fence is what is holding this saw back, its just so hard to align to the blade that its causing some frustration for me. Make sure you get a good push stick too, or make your own, as the one they send isn’t something I would recommend. I was also disappointed by the fact that I had to shim both table extensions, that took a lot of time. Overall I am pleased with the saw, I do wish I had something to compare it to.
UPDATE: See my post below, 3 stars.