|Review by Paul D||posted 01-06-2014 02:20 AM||6778 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
Things did not start out so happily for me and the G0715P. It arrived off the UPS truck looking like it had probably been tipped over once or twice, but given that it was pretty well packaged I didn’t reject the shipment. I was able to get it down into my basement with a hand truck and unpacked it – no noticeable damage. I went through the entire setup process and everything seemed to be going well, until I tried to install the blade. There is a arbor lock button that you should be able to press in to help install / remove the blade, but it only worked in one direction.
To Grizzly’s credit the technician I got on the phone was very helpful, he didn’t think they had run across this issue before but he understood exactly what my issue was and told me that they would likely need to replace the arbor shaft or the arbor lock pin, but either way it would require disassembly of the entire saw.
Bummer.. so back it went. I should mention at this point I had not really thought through what returning a 400lb saw entailed, not only did I have to haul it out of my basement, I spent a good hour trying to bolt it back to the pallet and secure the rest of the box. If you take anything away from this review – always take care to keep the packing materials in once piece when you unpack a large tool and keep them until you’re sure there are no issues. I can’t imagine the hassle if I had needed to pack this thing up from scratch.
About two weeks later, back came the UPS man. I was a little disappointed that they did not really repackage the saw very well on it’s return journey. The box had now clearly be removed and re-installed several times and looked like complete crap. I noted the damage on the UPS slip and figured what the hell, it’s here now, let’s give this a shot.
Thankfully, all the issues were resolved and the saw worked exactly as advertised the second time around. I think having read many reviews of other Grizzly tools, a think the higher likelyhood of a lemon is just a trade-off for the great price – so it goes.
Fit & Finish
Overall the fit and finish of the saw is pretty good. I wish that the stripes on the cabinet were painted on instead of being taped on, but that’s not really a big deal. The blade tilt readout is a joke, I’m not sure why they included this at all. Similarly the miter gauge is crap, but I don’t think you can expect much from the stock gauge on any saw.
Other users of the G0715P had noted runout issues when raising and lower the blade. At least on my saw, this was not an issue. I also found using a MasterGage that the blade was parallel to the miter slots without any adjustment. The fence did need adjusting, but it was pretty straightforward to do. I also noted that the 90 degree stop on the saw was off – I did not try to adjust this, I keep the saw at 90 degrees 99% of the time so I just get the right angle with a digital angle gauge and lock it in. Finally, after some test cuts I had to re-tension the belt on the motor as I could hear slippage when cutting thicker stock.
Once everything was tuned up, this saw runs great. I’ve not had any issues with the motor bogging down, even when ripping 8/4 stock. I’ve been using it frequently for the past 6 months or so, and everything continues to work well.
Overall, this is a great value for the price. You can certainly find better table saws, but this will keep any woodworker busy for a long time. If you do purchase it, do yourself a favor and get a MasterGage to calibrate it as well as a digital angle gauge of some sort. It really takes the guesswork out of getting the saw well tuned.