|Review by Pie||posted 02-02-2012 02:36 AM||7760 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
I remember mentioning to my wife around Oct 2011 that I wanted a nice tablesaw for Christmas. She just said we will see. Then in November she said find one you like and let me know. I looked over lots of saws on the web and settled on the Grizzly 1023RL. When I told her the price, I thought she was have me checked for a brain at the doctors office. Instead she told me to order it since her and my mother-in-law was gong in halves on it. I was floored but happy. Wow a real tables-saw. My existing table saw was a Hitachi Job-site saw that performed admirably for the price I paid for it, around $200.
The saw was delivered by a semi pulling a 48’ trailer. No, it wasn’t getting down my 150’ driveway. So I walked out to the truck and had no idea how I was gonna get it in the basement. But hell, who cares, It was gonna get done even if I had to dig a hole and put in a storm door. So here I am looking into the trailer which was up to my shoulders and no lift. Can’t lift it down, it weighs around 450 lbs, can’t just give it the heave ho and hope for the best. Ahhh, I go get my truck and back up to his trailer. Both of us lay the saw on it side and slide it halfway out his trailer and then into my truck bed, standing it up in my truck. Cool, one problem solved. Now how do I get it out of my truck into the garage. Luckily my garage is higher than the driveway, so I back my truck up so my tailgate is in the garage, leaving about a 2-3’ drop. Once a gain I lay it down and slide it halfway (with the help of my wife) and now its in the garage. Still have to go up a disabled persons ramp, through 2 doors and down the steps into the basement. So I used my furniture dolly along with my 27 year old, beefy son and down the basement we went. Sweet!!
I also got the Shop Fox mobile base so I can move it around easily.
I set the saw up as the instructions said, took my time and it was very easy to do. No missing parts, levelled the cast iron top, put the rails on and the the fence. The entire table feels real solid and cuts great. No more cutting something only to find it isn’t a straight cut, this thing cuts nice and straight. The miter gauge that came with it is pretty hefty, the ON/OFF switch is right at my left knee so I can shut it off. The ON switch can only be turned on my pressing with your finger with is a good safety feature (probably standard on lots of saws). When I turn the saw on, it just hummms and is rather quiet. Cleaning it out is easy since there are 2 doors, one on each side. The blade guard is made so I can lift one side or the other or both if I need to raise them. I have used it since the beginning of December, (early present) and I love it. Hope this helps others deciding to buy a quality table saw. I read many of the Lumberjocks reviews on table saws and that helped my decide on the Grizzly. No regrets so far.