|Review by Mongolas||posted 09-16-2013 06:49 AM||10688 views||2 times favorited||63 comments|
Okay, so after not having a table saw for about 4 months since we moved and had to leave my brother’s 89 dollar pro-tech saw behind, my wife finally decided to get me the Grizzly G0715P. All in all, I would rate the actual saw a 4 out of 5. I gave it 3 stars because of the lack of power. I found an extention cord, cut to a shorter length, to act as my wire for my 110v re-wire, since the apartment I’m in said I can’t install a 220v outlet for it. so I got the 6 dollar circuit breaker, got that installed, wired, ect. Turn it on, and sounds great, I love the hum. But, when cutting 3/4 inch oak and cherry, it just doesn’t have power. I have to feed the wood into the blade about 2-3 inches per second, which might sound fast, but it’s actually not! At least, not when I compare the power to my brother’s super cheap, 7 year old table saw.
NOTE: In the picture, you can see I haven’t rewired it to 110 volt yet.
I was really hoping the 110v was not letting the motor work at full potential, but I’ve been reading on forums regarding the difference between 110v and 220v, and they say it’s pretty much the same. Since 110v at 20 amps gives the same power output as 220v at 10 amps, there’s no difference. The blade does take a few seconds to start up, but I”m fine with that, I’m also fine regarding the power it has to draw. I just want this thing to work out, I’d HATE to send it back, and hear that nothing is wrong with it, and have to pay the 100 bucks for return shipping.
The fence is nice, blade seems really square to the miter track. I actually got the blade so accurately aligned with the fence at point point, It was shocking. I was first concerned about the issues with the blade getting out of alignment when it’s raised and lowered. So, I did a test. Set the blade at 1 inch, according to the scale on the table saw. First cut with the blade about 1 inch high, I got a reading with my digital caliper at 127/128th of an inch. Second test with the blade at about 2 to 2 and quarter, I go the exact same reading, 127/128th of an inch. The third test was with the blade as high as it can go, and same exact reading. So, I ruled that out. I got my fence realigned pretty nicely, but when I lock it down, it moves a bit, but that’s something I can adjust myself, it’s just time consuming and tedious.
My big issue is, when I cut half inch, or even 3/4 inch birch plywood, it cuts it as smooth as butter, and doesn’t bog down. If I were to cut the 3/4 inch oak or cherry, I can push it to the point where the motor just stops. I called customer service, they told me my belt was too loose, and the guy said this, and I quote “the belt needs to be about as tight as a guitar string”. So, thinking he’s crazy, but trying it anyways, I tightened it very tight, it had very little give when I pushed on the middle of it. Started up fine, ran fine, but I had to cut slowly.
Sure, I suppose I can live with this, but, remember reviews about this saw that I’ve read, people having plenty of power using the saw to resaw thick lumber. It took me about 4-5 minutes to cut a 4 inch wide piece off of a 18-20 inch cherry slab. Not even cutting it at full height. First cut was probably at about 2 and a half, to 2 and 3/4 inches. Then the second cut finished it off. I don’t know what I”m doing wrong.
I do have a theory, that maybe the gauge wire I used was too thick, and I’m losing power over the length of the cord. But, I can’t imagine it making THAT much of a difference, right?
Anyways. Cast iron table top is very nice. Fence is decent, with a little more fine tuning. Miter gauge is absolute garbage, and will be looking into something from Incra later this year. Blade it came with is average, and probably plays a very small part of the problem regarding power. A higher quality, sharper blade would probably cut better, giving the illusion that the saw has more power.
Regardless, I tried two blades, my Diablo 80 tooth laminate blade to cut my half inch and 3/4 inch birch plywood, and the blade the saw came with to cut everything else. Still had issues with both.
I’m worried I’m going to look stupid when someone suggests to do a minor tune up and it will work fine. I don’t really care at this point, I just want my almost 900 dollar saw to run smoothly.
Any advice would be GREATLY appreciated!!