|Forum topic by mingus2112||posted 06-30-2015 02:35 AM||2150 views||0 times favorited||43 replies|
06-30-2015 02:35 AM
Long time lurker, first time (I THINK) poster. Casually looking at upgrading my craftsman table saw (137.218020) and came across a Grizzly G1022 on craigslist. I say “casually” because budget is a big deal here. I’m not a heavy woodworker, just a homeowner who likes to do things himself. My biggest complaints about the craftsman is that it’s light, flimsy and the table is tiny. It’s also hard to keep the plastic fence straight when getting ready to cut. I’m just looking for something that’s a bit more heavy duty, more metal parts and with a bigger table.
This G1022 could be about 20 years old – I didn’t think to look at the date on the motor. It’s a G1022 model, with no other model markings. Seems to be a cast iron table with webbed iron extensions. The table is relatively flat, although the extensions are a little bit higher (maybe 1/16th”?) than the table. Maybe the extensions could be adjusted, not sure. When checking with my straight edge, I could get my .016 feeler gauge under it at some points, but my straight edge was a bit too big to be sure that it was anything other than the extensions causing the gap. I should have brought a smaller straight edge. Other than that, it probably needs a new belt, there are a few dings in it, top is rusty (but not pitted – i’m sure I could clean it up. I have a lot of experience with cast iron pans, so I know surface rust when I see it) and the wheel to angle the blade is a little, uh “wonky.” It seems to angle the blade with no issues, but it was probably hit at some point and is a little bent – it doesn’t turn nice and smooth. The wheel to raise/lower the blade turned smooth with no issues.
I ran it and it ran pretty well – only a little vibration, which i’m almost sure was due to the old belt on it. It’s been sitting in the garage (detached from the house) for a lot of years and the guy said it hasn’t been used for a few years. He said his father “made cabinets” with it (never said he was a “cabinet maker,” though) and that they most recently made large tables on it for making wine. (not sure why he thought that was so relevant, but he kept saying that)
I offered him $100 and he countered with $150. I countered with $125 (before I went to see the saw) and he accepted. After checking out the saw, I’m on the fence. I’ll mostly be ripping plywood or boards to make drawers, shelves and things like that. Nothing furniture grade.
So 1) How big a deal are the shortcomings 2) even with those shortcomings, is it worth $125? I can’t see myself spending more than that even in the future, so how does it compare to whatever else I can get in that range?