|Review by JamieInIndy||posted 03-17-2013 02:28 AM||9180 views||2 times favorited||27 comments|
Delivery: Took 5 days. I paid Grizzly the extra $34 for lift gate service which gets your saw off the back of the truck and onto the ground. At this point they are done. Grizzly said that I would have to call the freight company (UPS) to get a quote to get it inside the garage. UPS quoted me $199 to wheel it in, but encouraged me to chat with the driver first. In other words she was trying to tell me that the driver would probably just do it for me, and he did. Customer service was very good on the ordering side, hit or miss if you have to talk to a tech.
Packaging: The saw was in a box on a pallet. After cutting the metal strapping the box basically disassembles. The base of the saw is bolted twice to the pallet. Two other boxes contained the rails/fence.
Mobile Base Assembly (2 hours): I bought the D2058A which is the beefier base than the D2057A. I decided on the ’58 because I had read several reviews on the ‘57 where there seemed to be several issues with the wheels, stripping of bolts, weak parts etc. So I decided to spend $20 more and get this one just to be sure. Apparently there were a lot of problems on earlier models, the new improved models end with an “A” which it is. It’s rated at 1300lbs. I can’t speak to the ’57 model but the ’58 is very sturdy. The wheels are cast iron. The only thing is that it sticks out in the back a bit(2 1/2”) because it’s made for a larger base and that’s as small as I could get it (the sides are perfect in width). If I wanted to I could cut the side tubes down to scale it down. In the end it doesn’t matter because the back of the table top is just about vertical with it thus not creating any protrusion beyond the table top. I’d say the saw base sits about 1” off the ground on the mobile base. Because I’m 6’ 2” and didn’t want to bend over as far, I cut down and made two layers of ¾” plywood to fit the inside of the mobile base before putting the saw on it. So now the table top is about 36 1/2” from the ground vs. the 34” height without the base. A couple of things on assembly that I think are important … I decided to configure the wheels differently (opposite) than the directions recommend. I wanted both swivel wheels in front so I could “back it” into the wall when I’m not using vs. “parallel” parking it if the swivel wheels were on the left side. I also didn’t want the casters sticking out in front or back, but wanted them on the sides, with the outriggers (stabilizers) in front where they are accessible. I was able to accomplish this despite the instructions recommendation. I’m very happy with how this worked out. The directions describe two different ways to put the saw on the base, one is building the base around the saw (which seemed to be reasonably easy), the other way is to plop it on top after you build it (this is what I did). While leaving the saw on the pallet I easily slid it off and onto the mobile base. I’m pretty scrawny and didn’t find it a problem doing this maneuver. Btw, this mobile base was only $89. I’ve seen others out there over twice this price.
Above picture before I slid it off the pallet and onto the mobile base.
Saw on the mobile base, I turned it around to show the extra room the D2058A has. Didn’t think to check the foot print of this base until it arrived. But I don’t see this extra space in the back as an issue because after the back rail is installed it hangs about directly over it. So I’ll be able to butt the table up to the wall when I’m not using it.
G0715P Assembly (4 hours): I took my time and didn’t mind it taking 4 hours, I actually enjoyed it. Could easily cut this in half if I did it again. Assembly was easy. I didn’t have any issue where the directions recommend you have some help on hand, i.e., putting on the wings/ rails. It’s all doable by yourself if you are able bodied (I’m only 155lbs). After assembling both wings they were dead on level. I had a straight edge that I ran from end to end and did not see a gap at all, everything was flush. Fence went on easy and only had to make a vertical adjustment. After attaching the measuring tape I had to trim some at the end as it ran off the rail. The blade needed to be adjusted to 45/90 degrees which was easy to do. I also got the 110v conversion kit. The conversion consisted of changing out the breaker in the switch, changing some jumpers on the motor and changing the plug. The directions show how all this is to be done and it doesn’t take an electrician to complete. After all this did my “smoke test” firing up the saw. It sounded like I just engaged the flux capacitor. Oh the power and the hum … love it! Table top felt smooth with just a light vibration and it passed the nickel test even while cutting.
Conclusion: This being my first table saw I can tell you I’m impressed, it’s a beauty. Too new to tell you about the in/outs yet until I start using it. So this is first my impression. Very sturdy saw. The fence is like a Beisemeyer, very stout. The 2” square tube rail it sits on is very adequate. The only thing not really great about this saw is the blade guard. It’s a little light weight and I already broke the little flimsy finger like guard that is in front of the blade. So I took the whole thing off and just using the riving knife. Also the push stick that comes with it is flimsy too. At the time of purchase they suggested the fox pro push stick for $10, which I did get and don’t regret it. Heard of issues with the miter being loose in the slot and I’m not experiencing any of that. Before purchasing I heard a lot of good about this saw before I bought it. Anything negative that I’ve read about the saw or mobile base are apparently history, both are awesome products. I got a great saw at a great price($795, plus $99 shipping), highly recommend. My first project is an outfeed table and filling in the right side with a router table. Then onto kitchen cabinets. Now if you would excuse me, I’m going to grab a beer and just stare at it.
-- Jamie - "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out and shouting, ".... holy crap....what a ride!"