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Blog entry by tennjock59 posted 02-10-2010 10:53 PM 822 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey, guys and gals. I have a TS comparison question to pose to y’all.

I’ve seen a lot of good reviews on this site for the Ridgid R4511, if you can find it. Now I’d like to know which, if you had your ‘druthers, would you choose between the Ridgid and the Grizzly G1023Z (price not withstanding).

I know if I can find the R4511 the price will be better, but Grizzly has the G1023Z on sale right now for $795. So, please, if you would, help to steer me in the right direction.

Thanks, tennjock59

-- jselrahc, east Tennessee



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#1 posted 02-10-2010 11:16 PM

Hands down the Grizzly. Google “R4511 top cracked” and take a look. I’ll stick with a metal top any day…

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#2 posted 02-10-2010 11:30 PM

I’m a Grizzly fan.

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#3 posted 02-10-2010 11:47 PM

I had considered looking for a R4511, but after hearing the stories of cracked tops, especially on a discontinued model (discontinued most likely due to tops cracking) I decided to spend the money and get a better saw… Actually the big brother to the G1023Z, I got the G1023SLWX, and though I haven’t used it much yet it seems to be a fantastic saw.

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 12:04 AM

I was considering the Ridgid, but I’m so happy I got the Grizzley instead. For $795, it’s the best value in the entire table saw world. You can even get 36” of rip out of it with just a few minutes work!

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 12:08 AM

You definitely want to check out this thread:

Grizzly G1023SL TS Overall First Impression

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/921#comment-493006

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#6 posted 02-11-2010 12:13 AM

You’re talking about a $299 TS (clearance price) vs. a TS that costs close to $800; a $500 difference. There are also a lot more people with R4511 without cracked top. Head over to the Ridgid forum.

I can’t speak for the Grizzly since I have never used one. I have a R4511 and like it a lot. The granite top is flat and almost maintenance free (I put a coat of wax on it) once set up. There is no crack. The problem with the top cracking had to do with over tightening of the bolts and fasteners aside from shipping damage. The R4511 has good power, sturdy, heavy, well made, and come with a Lifetime warranty. Problem is I doubt you will find one today at clearance price.

Alternatively, you can wait for Ridgid to release the replacement TS for the R4511.

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 12:24 AM

If I were making this choice I would go with the Grizzly. I have a great deal of respect for both the quality of Grizzly’s tools and their customer service. When it comes to tools I generally will buy the most tool that my budget will allow. The times that I have let cost be the sole factor in purchasing a tool I have invariably come to regret it later.

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 04:01 AM

Greetings all:..... I just read in the February issue of Woodworkers Journal that the Ridgid R4511 TS with the granite top is being recalled. Date codes between CD0829 & CD0837. Should of put an metal top on it…...
But…. then again, I’m not a Grizzly fan either. So it don’t matter to me one way or the other….......

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#9 posted 02-13-2010 05:31 PM

It’s impossible to compare saws without considering the price. If price were truly not a consideration, we would all likely have the new Delta or a Powermatic. I was considering a Grizzly 1023 for a while and thought that was gonna be the way I would go. I just couldn’t do it right away, because it would be over a grand. Then I saw the Steel City hybrid and liked the price on it a lot better, but it was still enough money for me not to jump on it. It wasn’t until I saw the Ridgid go on sale that I ended up buying the R4511. I would still rather have the 1023 (more power) or the 690 (with riving knife) but they cost way more.

I also had to get realistic about the usage of the saw. As a hobbyist woodworker, I didn’t really need a 3hp or larger saw, even though I would like one. The Ridgid seems to be the appropriate compromise between price and performance for me.

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#10 posted 02-17-2010 12:38 AM

This is really an unfair comparison, as stated above. I would think if you could affort the Grizzly, you need to get it. More HP, cabinet for better dust collection, better fence, and more HP (I know, I said it twice). I think the real question here is whether or not you should look for other options. There are a lot of saws, specifically used saws that you should consider. You may be able to find the same Griz for a couple of hundred less, if you are patient. You may get a uni, or a 66 within your price range. Remember, if you buy the Griz, you have the saw, as well as shipping. Open your eyes to consider other options, that way you will be happier with your decision.

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