|Review by LHFLORIDA||posted 07-08-2009 08:50 PM||11055 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Received the saw about 2 weeks ago. Arrived in perfect condition. Picked it up from freight office using a flat bed trailer—-recommend using trailer and not truck. Four of us moved it to it’s mobile base ( I used the Delta mobile base and would recommend it for this saw). Table is well finished and flat. Assembly was simple and no “duh” moments.
Saw has plenty of power and runs smooth with little or no vibration. I am sure it was just the luck of the draw, but my saw was no where near set-up. The blade was not parallel to the miter slot. The four bolts attaching the top had to be backed out enough to align the blade to the slot. This takes some time and careful “bumping” of the corners with a wooden block. The Blade stops were not at 90 degrees or 45 degrees and that took a little more time. The Riving knife needed to be “bent” into adjustment to get it right. By the way, bending it is mentioned as an acceptable method of adjustment in the manual. I think that the throat plate (table insert) is not the best design. The throat is rather wide and pretty long to accomodate the riving knife mechanism. The factory metal insert just does not fit very well. The zero clearance insert that I purchased from Grizzly works much better due to a better fit. The fence works just fine. I found that a Pinnacle Saw Blade gauge was worth it’s weight in gold in setting up the saw.
The Pros: Smooth, plenty of power, good table top and easy assembly. Run-out at flange was so close to zero that I am going to call it zero. Be very very happy with that kind of tolerance.
The Cons: Took a lot of time to make all of the adjustments that it required. I thought that Grizzly could have done a better job in this area. As of now, Grizzly does not offer a thin kerf riving knife. I spoke with one of the Technicians at Grizzly and asked about thinning down one of the reg kerf knives and he advised that it would void the warranty on the entire saw. Let’s hope Grizzly will offer a thin kerf knife in the near future. I have a lot of thin kerf blades that I would like to use on this saw.
Now that the saw is set-up, it is a pleasure to use. The Riving Knife is a big plus in my opinion. It took time to get it adjusted properly and this is not my first Cabinet Saw. I had a Jet Cabinet saw that was as close to perfect as you can get right out of the box. I hope this review does not discourage anyone from buying this model saw. I think it is a great saw and will give many years of service. Just be prepared to spend a little time to get it right. Grizzly customer service is excellent