|Review by Mark||posted 07-25-2013 05:10 PM||8087 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
I bought this saw back in March from Canadian woodworker in Surrey. The prices at the Grizzly plant are very attractive, but these folks are about 10 min from my place. Doug and his crew are a great bunch of guys. It was on sale for $850 and then I drew a card from a hat and that had a further discount of between $25 – $500. I pulled a $50 card. I got the saw home with no problems, a bit heavy but manageable. Lots and Lots of packaging and styrofoam. There was a good coating of grease on the cast iron parts, but not excessive. The assembly instructions were fairly clear and with a bit of common scence it went together quite well. As I was all by my onesies, I assembled the bottom, laid it on it’s side and slide the top up to it. Bit of a pain fitting the nuts to the bolts that hold the two halves together but I got there in the end. Fit and finish was pretty decent on the machine, no scraps, dents, chipped or peeling paint. Stand the sucker up, muscle it on to the mobile base and I was off to the races. I had purchased 2 new blades to go with it. A1/2×3T and a 1/4×6T. At $20+ I don’t understand why the manufacturer can’t supply a decent blade. On the assembly part, when I installed the top I was kinda disappointed in the trunnions. I thought they were kinda flimsy considering the size and weight of the top. No dropping big chunks of lumber there I think. Onwards. After using the machine for several months I can say I’m pretty satisfied with the tools performance. I have ripped 4/4 Maple and Cherry. Both sliced off 1/4” slabs no problem. The 1.5 hp motor is great. Lots more power than I’ll ever need. The large table is very nice. As others with this tool have said the work light is kinda useless where they put it. It’s nice to have when I can use it but….
The bearing guides is where the machine falls down. I know I don’t have much experience but I don’t think I should have to constantly check and reset. I did follow the Alex Snodgrass video but to no avail. Blade changes are very simple with the exception of having to re set the guides. The motor can be wired either 120 or 220v. It came stock at 120v and I left it there. Bottom line. It’s a fine machine for the most part. The big table and 1.5 hp are great. I don’t know if I’ll ever need 13” of resaw capability, but I have sliced at 7.5” The paint job is excellent. Cast iron wheels are a plus. The machine is pretty solid when running, no vibration or rattles to speak of. I like the quick tension release and use it all the time. The 4” dust port works very well as does the lower wheel brush. The fence is adequate. Having said that, if the manufacturer knows there is s problem with the guides why don’t they fix it. I just shelled out $800 +13% in bloody taxes and now I gotta drop another $2-300 bucks to get a decent set of guides? What a load! Makes ya wonder if ya just should bite the bullet and go Laguna. Would I buy it again?.....?