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Forum topic by goggy posted 12-07-2009 11:22 PM 2510 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2009 11:22 PM

I’ve looked at Grizzly’s table saw sale and noticed the G1023SLX on sale for 1169.00 delivered. Based on features, value, and reviews, it was enough to consider replacing my delta grand edition contractor’s saw after 11+years of trouble-free use…That is until I stopped at a local tool supplier (Ornamental Tool in Cleve. OH) and noticed they carry recon Delta Unisaws (36-L31X-BC50X5) for 1499.00 + tax. Is there a “no brainer” purchase here? My budget was 1100.00. The apprehensions I have with the Delta is that it’s a recon. They look brand new, are boxed, and come with a 1yr warranty. No doubt I’m buying one of these: But which one? The Delta comes with the 50 in. biesmeyer fence and extension table as well.

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 11:51 PM

The Biese fence is a little nicer than the SF Classic IMO, the resale of the Uni might be a little higher, and the Delta may have some overall build quality advantages, but do they equate to a $400 difference to you? You may want a mobile base, new blade(s), ZCIs, and/or other accessories too, so consider that.

Now I’ve gotta throw a wrench in the works. Have you seen the newer G0691 in Wood Mag for $1215 w/free shipping? Includes a riving knife, updated fence, and US made Leeson motor.

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#2 posted 12-08-2009 12:10 AM

If it were me it be the UniSaw hands down and to the best of my knowledge they always came with US made motors. But I admit, I am biased, owning a UniSaw for years that came with a Baldor motor. If I didn’t have one I’d be striving to get one. Oh wait, that’s what happened. :)

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#3 posted 12-08-2009 12:13 AM

Is this the “new” Unisaw? If so, I think it is worth the $400.00 extra. The fence is a nice fence.

I often buy reconditioned or refurbed. As a matter of fact, I always, always buy Dell refurbed computers, and for the past 3 Christmases I have purchased each of my children a refurbed Garmin GPS. I just bought a refurbed Dewalt Planer and a refurbed Dewalt XRP cordless set. Not one stitch of problem with any of them at all.

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#4 posted 12-08-2009 03:32 AM

You might want to check with Redmond Machinery. The numbers are different but similar enough that it may be the same saw. This was shipped to Dallas TX and the total cost was less than the above asking price not including tax. The saw looks new. No dents, dings or scratches in the finish or cabinet. Had the new equipment smell also. The table was in perfect alignment with the blade. The only issue I could see that would qualify it as a second was that the cast iron top ‘seemed’ to be stained or ‘tiger striped’. Not rust but something else. If it was reconditioned, you couldn’t tell it by me.

If you call them, ask for Jack. He took care of me very well. If they had a reconditioned edge sander I would snap it up without a second thought.

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#5 posted 01-23-2010 08:15 AM

I bought the unisaw. It works awesome. I was a little disappointed though at how many bolts and set screws were left loose inside the cabinet!!

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 06:53 AM

I don’t think that you will regret it after everything is tightened up. It will last you for the rest of your life.

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 07:23 PM

Good call. You will love it, and never regret your decision.

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 06:19 PM

I like Grizzly tools but you will have to add shipping cost to the total.

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