|Review by WillyParker||posted 02-23-2013 10:29 AM||3085 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
- Grizzly G1023RLW 10" 3 HP 220V Cabinet Left-Tilting Table Saw
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Tablesaws
I feel fortunate to have this fine machine. After trading up from an ancient contractors saw which although carefully calibrated and adjusted, had limited power and stability. While the new Grizzly is certainly not perfect, in every area significant area, this machine is excellent. It capably performs the most precise woodworking tasks.
The machine arrived from the factory with the arbor exactly parallel with the miter slots. As many of you know this is extremely important for doing precise work and I expected to have to adjust the table. No matter how many times I checked this value during my setup I couldn’t find even a .001 deviation front to back using a dial gauge registered on the miter slot. My expensive Woodworker II blade has more deviation.
Other reviewers have complained about the extension wings not being completely flat and hence impossible to align with the main table. I had no such problems although I did have to shim the left table extension and did so in accordance with the instructions. Checked with a Starrett straight edge, the assembled table and extensions are flat within .003 across the entire width and even less front to back-maybe a Powermatic/Delta/SawStop is better but these tolerances are good enough for the most demanding work and for me.
The fence needed some minor adjustment to be perfectly parallel with the miter slot arriving about 1/64th out front to back, the adjustments are easy and precise although there is a knack to getting the adjustment correct while maintaining the appropriate pressure on the fence rail, not too tight or too loose. It should slide freely and lock positively and after about 30 minutes of fiddling mine was parallel, moved freely and locked positively.
The arbor itself, as checked with a dial gauge, has absolutely no run out, zero, zilch, zip, nada. It should be noted that the blade elevation wheel raises the blade exactly 1/8th per turn, you can set you blade height merely by counting turns. There is some backlash in the mechanism but less than both the Delta and the Powermatic I tried at the local supply house. The arbor tilt was set exactly at 90 and 45 from the factory and, like the elevation wheel, the tilt wheel moves the arbor smoothly and precisely.
The machine is exceptionally quit and smooth. It has virtually no vibration and easily passes the nickel and dime tests. It has excellent power, I’ve ripped 3” thick hard maple and the machine never even broke a sweat.
I have the mobile base and the 500 pound machine moves around quite easily.
The router table is a nice feature and I’ve mounted an ancient Hitachi plunge router in mine. The setup works well for the majority of my routing chores but you do loose the thickness of the table from your routers maximum depth. If someone could figure out a way to mount a router lift under the table it would be much better
The miter gauge is a joke but I use crosscut sleds for most of my 90 and 45 degree crosscut work. I did manage to set and lock it a a precise 90 degrees and use it for making quick tenons with a dado blade and auxiliary fence.
One of the aluminum table inserts arrived bent. Grizzly had me a new one in two days. I used the replacement as a pattern to make a set of zero clearance inserts out of hardwood for my normal blade and various dado blade widths.
The riving knife is excellent and was adjusted correctly-I admit to not normally using the guard but found that it works quite well, and is not as obtrusive as you’d think.
All in all I’m quite satisfied with my Grizzly 1023RLW.
-- You write your own eulogy, every day, Willy