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Forum topic by End_Grain posted 10-25-2009 05:31 PM 1222 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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End_Grain

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10-25-2009 05:31 PM

Okay, I need a brave soul to start a thread on the review forum as to how well their saw is still holding up. There is 40 something reviews and save for one, all of them are out of the box reviews. This really doesn’t give good insight into the product quality. Even a 10” Craftsman bench top saw looks good right out of the box. I’m ready to trip my trigger on a TS and I’d like to know what the perception is of a saw at least a year old that has seen moderate to heavy use. If there were any post purchase warranty issues (beyond the ‘I’ve opened the box and this is wrong or missing) how were they handled and were they resolved to your satisfaction? Also for those saws out of warranty that had issues, the same questions. Most importantly, I’m interested in those people that have had their saw for several years. Hindsight is 20/20. If you’ve owned one of their saws for 2,3 or 5 or more years and it has seen some decent work, if you can say, ’ Knowing everything I know know, I still would have bought this same saw back then AND been just as happy,’ that to me is the truth teller.

Thanks in advance for all your time.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.


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Jim K

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#1 posted 10-25-2009 09:07 PM

Hello All

New To woodworking myself. Having a small shed behind my new house. so far i have a grizzly benchtop drill press t20833 b&d jig saw skill worm drive circular saw, and a hitachi miter saw. Also used the 2×4 basics workbench and shelf kits. I have a small set of clamps and the usual set up of small tools. trying to find the right table saw is proving to be not easy for me to make? almost everybody who posts here knocks craftsmen around. i can see why too. I just don’t understand spending 800 bucks for the grizzly g0661 either. Is there anyone out there who has a hitachi or rigid or even a skill table saw that have had or used for a couple of years and are happy with it? Please let me know.

Thanks Jim

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 10-25-2009 09:16 PM

I use a Restore Delta 1.5hp Unisaw, I love my Unisaw. I am not sure about Grizzly, but I was to buy another table saw it would be a use Delta Contractor Saw.

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Gary

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#3 posted 10-25-2009 09:24 PM

I have used the Rigid for over 4 years and I am still really pleased with the machine. I’ve had no problems at all. Accuracy is really good. The life system is great. I would buy it again.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Russ

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#4 posted 10-25-2009 09:35 PM

bought a used grizzly about 2 years ago which had seen light use. saw runs good, compared to my old crafstman it is a amazing. smooth, easy to fine tune, a real pleasure to use. made most of the trim for my house with it.only complaint with it is if you need a part that cost say $1 they will charge $14 shipping so i would never buy another grizzly but one that can be purchased locally.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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Scott

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#5 posted 10-25-2009 09:48 PM

I have a 15 year old 3 HP Unisaw. Works as well now as new and never had any issues at all with it. I doubt I will ever have to get another saw.

-- Scott, South Carolina

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knotscott

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#6 posted 10-25-2009 10:20 PM

A friend of mine has had a Grizzly 1023 for at least 12 years that I know, and it’s been used commercially the last 8 or so.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Jim K

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#7 posted 10-25-2009 10:24 PM

Hi Gary

What model rigid do you have?

thanks Jim

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drfixit

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#8 posted 10-25-2009 10:50 PM

Ive had my Ridgid TS3612 since new somewhere around 2000, NEVER had any problems with it, in fact most of my stationary tools are Ridgid and love them all, Just not a fan of all the orange color on them, so the new bandsaw I got has been painted grey.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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bigike

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#9 posted 10-25-2009 11:06 PM

i bought a brand new delta unisaw and i love the that darn thing like it was my kid sweet cuts all the time very accurate just an allover nice saw i look at it every morning before i go to work but i almost got a grizzly i forget what model but it was a new one with a riving knife in the newist catalog it goes for $1200 or so but you can’t beat a delta so thats why i got it i might get a bandsaw from them 14” the saw was a 10” 3hp 1ph.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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adam77

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#10 posted 10-26-2009 01:35 AM

Ive had a Powermatic PM 2000 for about 6 months. So far its ran beautifully. Worth every penny. Its extremely quiet too. Wish I had the money to buy other Powermatic tools!

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Gary

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#11 posted 10-26-2009 01:50 AM

TS 3660 Cast top

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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cpollock

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#12 posted 10-26-2009 02:25 AM

I’ve had a Grizzly 1023S for about 8 years, and its been a fine machine. It cuts nicely, has lots of power, and I’ve had very few problems. I’ve had 2 issues, but both were easy to fix. For a while I was having trouble getting the blade to return to true 0 degrees after I tilted it. I figured it was due to sawdust piling up in the wrong spot, so I pulled the top and cleaned up all the collected sawdust in the various slots. That fixed the problem, it now tilts smoothly from 0 to 45 degrees.

The second one was that I started to notice the blade would rattle a bit in the zero clearance slot when I turn off the power and it was slowing down. Again I pulled the top off and I noticed 2 loose bolts on the trunnion assembly, so I tightened them up, and everything is smooth and quiet again. After 8 years of use, I have no complaint about two bolts working a little loose.

I guess the only weakness is the dust collection. Newer cabinet saws have put a lot of effort into collecting the dust efficiently, while my saw just dumps it into the case. I’ve got an Onieda Dust Gorilla sucking on the cabinet with a 5” hose, and this now gets 90% of the dust, but it still tends to build up in the cabinet. Perhaps in the last 8 years Grizzly has improved the aerodynamics of the internal sawdust, and this problem is solved?

I have no plans to buy another saw, this one has more than enough capability for me. I guess once every 4 years I’ll plan to pull the top for cleaning/inspection/lubrication, but that’s a very reasonable.

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