|Review by Mark A. DeCou||posted 01-19-2008 06:54 PM||11649 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
- Grizzly G1023SL 10" Table Saw 3 HP Single-Phase 220V Left-Tilt
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Tablesaws
To put it bluntly, I love this Saw.
Not, “Love” in the same sense as the way I feel for my wife, or my kids, or my dog, but this Saw is great.
I was quite reluctant to buy it frankly. At the time, I had recently quit a job teaching woodworking where I was able to use a Powermatic Cabinet Saw that was about 20 years old, and I also loved that Saw.
When I decided to buy my own Table Saw after leaving that job, I had to decide what to get. I didn’t have any money, and still don’t, so the Powermatic was off my list.
I kept asking around about Grizzly tools, seeking advice from the internet, and finally just asked the folks at Grizzly to convince me that I should buy it. They sent me emails telling me the features, and some testimonials from folks.
So, I mustered up the nerve, got out the credit card, and made the purchase. I think about 6 years has passed now since I fell in “love” with this saw.
Out of the box, it was heavy. Ok, ok, in the box it was heavy. That is a good sign for a tool in my estimation. So, I couldn’t unload it, so I dissassembled as much as possible, and took it out of my truck. When I loaded it in the pickup, the shipping dock easily put it in with a forklift. I tied it down with straps, not sure why now, and headed home.
At home, I realized that as young as I was, 38 then, I couldn’t budge it off of the truck. So, I tore it apart and unloaded each piece and reassembled in the shop. I went through the calibration process, and the safety notes, ok, ok, I didn’t read any of the safety notes.
I then installed the blade guard, grabbed some wood, and turned it on. It hummed like a baby, and I slowly raised the blade up through the table, and stuck a board through it.
I was so impressed, that I stuck another board through, and then another, and then another, and then…...
I was out of wood before long, and had lots of kindling.
What I discovered on the first or second board, was that the blade guard was just plain dangerous, so I took it off, and have happily used the saw every day in my business since. I just love this saw, I guess I already said that.
The Nickle Test:
So, when a guy, or lady, is reading reviews, there is always the “Nickle Test”. Now that doesn’t mean much to a person from a country that doesn’t have “nickles”. This test is where a small coin is placed on it’s edge on the table top, and the saw is turned on. I did that test, and the nickle didn’t even vibrate. I tried a Dime, and it fell over, but that was because the edge of the dime is domed. So, I sanded a small flat spot on the edge of the dime with a belt sander, and it stood up also.
This is a great saw.
I have not used a modern made Powermatic, but I can tell you that this Grizzly is as good as the old Powermatic I have used. Really. Same power, same stability, and a color I like better and a really cooool looking Cast Plate with a Grizzly Bear on it. My son looks at the bear and says, “GRRRRR!” It is a great saw.
Here is a link to the current Grizzly website page for this saw: http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-Table-Saw-3-HP-Single-Phase-220V-Left-Tilt/G1023SL
I think at the time I bought it, mine was listed as $750.00. See, now they are $995.00. So, if you want to save money, buy it now, quick, before the “Dollar” deflates any more!!
thanks for reading along,
This writing, and the photos, are protected by copyright, M.A. DeCou 1-19-2008, all rights protected.)
Note: no money was given to me for this review. Although if you are from Grizzly, I would gladly accept some and use the donation toward buying a Grizzly Surface Planer with the carbide spiral head, (hint hint). I want one to match my Grizzly Jointer, which I will review in the near future. Another great machine.
-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com