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Forum topic by Houndstooth posted 07-20-2015 06:05 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Houndstooth

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07-20-2015 06:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly g1022 vega

I am new to woodworking, and I was hoping to get some advice about a table saw purchase. I’ve been scouring Craigslist for the past month or so looking for a table saw. There is a seller a couple of hours away selling a used Grizzly G1022 (contractor saw) with a Vega fence. The saw itself looks to be in decent condition (some surface rust, but nothing major). However, it appears that the saw has one stamped steel extension wing. The seller is asking $150.

The Grizzly cast iron wings for this saw are no longer in production and appear to be somewhat difficult to find (there is only one listed right now on ebay). Eventually, I would not be opposed to putting a cast iron router extension onto the saw and have it double as a router table, so this may not be a major issue. My other options are: (1) to see if he will take a fair price for just the fence, and pick up a Craftsman 113 series saw with cast iron extensions when one pops up on Craigslist; or (2) wait a few months to see if I can find a better deal, and if not, pick up a new Ridgid R4512 from Home Depot.

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Grizzly? Should I pick it up ASAP, or wait for a better deal on a saw with CI extensions on both sides?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-20-2015 06:10 PM

I once had a fence very much like that Vega. I paid $200 for that alone. He says you can have the saw AND the fence for $150? TAKE IT! Make some MDF wings or build a workstation like this one. You can always re-sell the saw later if you really want one with cast iron wings.

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#2 posted 07-20-2015 06:18 PM

Why can’t my area have CL deals like that! (although I did buy my Craftsman 113 for $40) I would definitely jump on that one. The fence alone is worth that, and you can always mount it to another saw if you find a better one in the future.

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#3 posted 07-20-2015 06:27 PM

I’d jump on it. The saw should be about the same level as a Craftsman 113 but with a much nicer fence. Wings are much cheaper to find than a good fence. I’d think about any 27in deep wing would work, though you might have to drill some holes. Or you could build a fence from laminate and wood or do the router wing or …... Lots of options if you’ve got the saw.

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#4 posted 07-20-2015 07:05 PM

Go for it! The Vega is a great fence, and is worth $150 used if in good shape. The G1022 is fine…the original fence was the weak link. Just about any 27” cast wing could be made to fit. Those that came from a Taiwanese Mao Shan made saw could be a direct fit with no drilling…Bridgwood, older Jet, some older PM, Woodtek, some GI, Omega, AFF, Ohio Forge, etc.

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#5 posted 07-20-2015 11:48 PM

Thanks, all! That was my first thought as well. Just didn’t want to jump on a grenade.

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#6 posted 07-20-2015 11:54 PM

Check out craftsman extension wings on eBay. Fairly cheap. Or find a cheap parts saw to steal from.

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#7 posted 07-21-2015 01:38 AM

You can always adapt craftsman or another brand extension wings to the saw. They are all basically the same size, and cast iron drills easily if you have to make new holes.

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