|Review by Ken90712||posted 01-16-2016 05:00 PM||5371 views||0 times favorited||26 comments|
As a few of you know I have been on the fence so to speak on getting a new saw for some time now. I read and read and read on which one to get. I had it narrowed down to this and a Sawstop. We all know about the great safety features on the SS. They also build a great saw. However I finally made a decision on the Grizzly G0690 3hp 220 volt with the cast iron router table extension. I have a small shop so the router table is a no brainer for me.
Money was somewhat a consideration although not the main factor. If I went with the SS and did a router table and paid the extra 250 fee I was approaching 3800. Grizzly saw with everything 2400. Blondie was fine with either saw I wanted. I get the safety features as I have worked in aircraft maintenance for over 30 yrs. However situational awareness is a big key in woodworking and in the dangers of my job..
I received the saw 3 weeks before Christmas and have used it alot of hours now. I’ve made 10 cutting boards and been working on Blondie’s China cabinet…It came packaged well, shipping was really quick. I ordered it on line Sunday it was here in Los Angeles on Thurs from Washington. I set up a time for them on Friday as my days off are fri, sat, sun. Assembly took me and my buddy about 5 hours . It went together well, no real issues to speak off. A little small tweaking with the 45 degree stop is all. Fence, runout, miter slots all Ck good. It is heavy, almost 400 pounds. The rack and pinion trunion on works well and is smooth.
One thing I found odd is if you get the router extension they have you illuminate the cast iron wing from the saw. I found that odd and thought why waste it. So I drilled and tapped holes and put mounted it on the end of the table. This did create a different feeling using the router table as the bit was a few more inches away than my last table. I’ve used the router table alot making doors and feel that was a solid purchase as well.
The saw has worked perfectly, love having a 3 hp saw especially when cutting 8/4 maple, paduak and purple heart. The only thing I think that could improve is the dust collection. I did know about this issue before hand from other reviews. The bottom of the cabinet fills and stores dust until it reaches the hose opening on the side then it never goes higher. So there is always 4 or 5 inches of saw dust inside. I also would have rather seen the dust port opening on the left or back of the saw. I considered moving it but haven’t had time to tackle that and hate the thought of cutting into the new cabinet.
I built my own base, bought some metal and casters and mounts. Cost me out 80 bucks for everything. It allowed me to break out my welder and make some sparks. I built a small cabinet from scraps in the shop for storage as well. I have made a cpl zero clearance throat plates for different set ups. I have always wanted a biesemeyer style fence and really love this thing.
Overall great saw for the money and I’m very happy I made the jump. Hope this helps.
-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"