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mifon

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01-06-2016 09:02 AM

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This saw has been out for about a year now. There were some problems and recalls shortly after the saw came out. This saw fits my budget. I’m wondering if the problems that were encountered when the saw was new to the market have been fixed. I would love to hear comments from those that have this saw or have knowledge of recent quality of this saw. I would love to order this saw. But, with the problems experienced early on after its introduction, i’m anxious to know if those problems have been addressed and if I should expect any problems.

Also, are there any other saws comparable to the Grizzly G771 that I might consider. I know a used saw would be a good alternative. But, I’ve been looking for used for months and have not found anything. I’ve decided to buy new so I can get on with my woodworking dreams. Thanks for your help.

Mike


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#1 posted 01-06-2016 10:35 AM

I recall there being a problem with one of the pulleys not fitting correctly….they replaced those, and have fixed that issue AFAIK. Not everyone loves the fence, but I don’t recall hearing any other systemic issues like the pulleys.

At that price point there’s usually some compromise to be had, so you need to pick and choose the features that are most important to you. Do you have 220v?

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 01:13 PM

I have had My G0771 for a few months now, I have not gotten as much use out of it as i would like, but i feel like i can comment pretty well at this point. Overall, i am very pleased with the saw. The Blade-table alignment is very simple to do,simply loosen 3 of the 4 corner attachments for the table and adjust the table to the blade (cabinet mounted trunnions.) Saw has plenty of power for my needs, and looks nice to boot. I did have to slightly shim the CI wing extensions with masking tape to get the table perfectly flat. The first one i received (with shipping Damage) however, was perfectly flat with no shimming needed. I see myself upgrading the fence sometime in the future to a slightly more robust one. That said, if one is careful when positioning the fence, it does lock down parallel consistently.

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 05:38 PM

I’m still setting mine up but from what I have read and experienced, the fence seems to be hit and miss. Mine did not lock down parallel. I just assumed I’d be upgrading the fence and bought a Vega Pro.

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 06:11 PM

One thing to note is the Grizzly G771 has a lot of similarities to the Rigid R4512. The switch plate with the yellow key, the fence system, the riving knife, even the orange rubber cover on the handle to lock the riving knife all look identical to the Rigid R4512. The main differences is the enclosed cabinet style look, cast iron wings, and the trunnions, I believe, are cabinet mounted. The trunnions on the R4512 were table mounted and the saw was hit or miss on alignment.

I owned a R4512 for awhile and did just fine with it, but the one thing that really got to me was the fence system. It drove me nuts! I could never get it to lock down parallel. Hopefully Grizzly has fixed this issue for their version.

As for other options, Kristian_S actually had a really good post on saws in that price range.

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#5 posted 01-06-2016 06:15 PM

I emailed a grizzly tech a few months back while I was looking at this saw and he informed me that they fix the pulley situation prior to shipping out. I don’t know if he meant at the factory it’s been corrected or at grizzly once the saws arrive to them. Again this was several months ago and I didn’t end up purchasing the saw, so I can’t confirm.

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 06:29 PM



One thing to note is the Grizzly G771 has a lot of similarities to the Rigid R4512. The switch plate with the yellow key, the fence system, the riving knife, even the orange rubber cover on the handle to lock the riving knife all look identical to the Rigid R4512. The main differences is the enclosed cabinet style look, cast iron wings, and the trunnions, I believe, are cabinet mounted. The trunnions on the R4512 were table mounted and the saw was hit or miss on alignment.

I owned a R4512 for awhile and did just fine with it, but the one thing that really got to me was the fence system. It drove me nuts! I could never get it to lock down parallel. Hopefully Grizzly has fixed this issue for their version.

As for other options, Kristian_S actually had a really good post on saws in that price range.

- Chubbz

Having owned both, i have to disagree with you. Sure. some individual components look similar, and maybe are interchangeable, but the construction, adjustability and usability are miles apart. Similar components doesn’t mean much to me, it is simply cheaper and more often than not, better, to use off the shelf components that can be ordered from suppliers than to have a fully proprietary design.

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#7 posted 01-06-2016 06:31 PM

I have this saw and like it. It is not a cabinet saw in power, but it cuts well for me. When I changed out the pulley for the recall, the old one fit well. The new part is more robust. The fence did take a little time to set up. But after getting it right I haven’t had a problem with it.

The overall set up went great. It went together pretty easy, and as mentioned getting the blade squared was a whole lot easier than on my old contractors saw.

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mifon

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#8 posted 01-06-2016 07:07 PM

At that price point there’s usually some compromise to be had, so you need to pick and choose the features that are most important to you. Do you have 220v? РKnottscot

I do not have 220 service. However, I believe this saw comes prewired 120. That is one of the reasons I was looking at the G771.

Mike

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mifon

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#9 posted 01-06-2016 07:14 PM

With all the comments regarding displeasure with the fence of the G771, would I be better off spending the extra $150 for the G0715? The main difference appears to be an upgraded fence and 220 vs 120 (but the G0715 can be rewired to 110).

Mike

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#10 posted 01-06-2016 07:20 PM


With all the comments regarding displeasure with the fence of the G771, would I be better off spending the extra $150 for the G0715? The main difference appears to be an upgraded fence and 220 vs 120 (but the G0715 can be rewired to 110).

Mike

- mifon

Tough call. The G0715P has a better fence, and did very well in a Wood Mag hybrid comparison, but the design of the underpinnings is nearly identical to those of the R4512, Cman 21833, et al, which all have a history of alignment issues. If you get a good one, you’d be better off, but if you get one with alignment issues, you’re in for some frustration til they make it right.

I’m not not really sure just where the consensus falls on the G0771 fence….is it a few who don’t like the fence, or is it the norm? The fence can always be upgraded later if necessary….it’s nearly impossible to upgrade bad trunnions on the G0715P without shipping the whole saw back, or doing some major surgery. For that reason I’d lean toward the G0771, but YMMV.

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Chubbz

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#11 posted 01-06-2016 07:25 PM


Having owned both, i have to disagree with you. Sure. some individual components look similar, and maybe are interchangeable, but the construction, adjustability and usability are miles apart. Similar components doesn t mean much to me, it is simply cheaper and more often than not, better, to use off the shelf components that can be ordered from suppliers than to have a fully proprietary design.

- Alexl

Agreed. They look identical for sure but may not perform the same. My R4512 was a great 1st saw that ate through just about anything. Actually my G0715P has several similarities to the R4512 but definitely doesn’t perform the same.

My main big issue was the fence system. According to KristianS post the fence system on the G771 had similar issues. You may find yourself in the same position as KristianS and have to upgrade the fence.

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Alexl

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#12 posted 01-06-2016 08:17 PM


My main big issue was the fence system. According to KristianS post the fence system on the G771 had similar issues. You may find yourself in the same position as KristianS and have to upgrade the fence.

- Chubbz

The Fence is definitely the weak link in the G0771. I would have gladly paid more for the G0715P fence on the G0771. After having an R4512 with issues, i was nervous about getting the G0715P, as it shares a pedigree with the Ridgid. Glad yours has been great!

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#13 posted 01-06-2016 08:49 PM

I have this saw, for about a year now (ordered in Feb 2015) and it has been great, thus far. Once I got it setup correctly, I haven’t had any issues or complaints. Changed out the pulley, though I am guessing that is a non-issue now. I, too, do not have 220/240 available, so I was also limited to a hybrid/contractor saw. For my money, I don’t think there is a better option than the G0771.

I watched CL for months trying to find a decent, well priced saw. My area just doesn’t have a good used woodworking tool market. I decided to buy new, and haven’t regretted it once.

*Edit after reading the newer comments. My fence has not been an issue. Once I got it aligned, it stays aligned. I set it using the stick on ruler on the rails, and have no need to double check it. While it may not be the best fence on the market, I have absolutely no issues with it.

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#14 posted 01-06-2016 08:56 PM

How about retrofitting this fence, to the G0771 if it is that major of a concern? I have no need, at the present, to switch my fence.

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#15 posted 01-06-2016 09:00 PM

I’ve also got the G0771. Had it for about 9 months now with no major complaints. As others have said, the fence is the weak point. Add in that you can’t buy commerically available zero clearance inserts as well.

I plan on upgrading the fence at some point, but it’s not an immediate concern.

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