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Forum topic by bmckenna posted 01-12-2016 08:16 PM 468 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2016 08:16 PM

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Hello LJs

I am new to woodworking in general and would like some advice on setting up my first wood shop (15×30 w/ 220v). I have done some ww projects in the past and have a carpentry background. I have all of the general hand power tools and sliding mitre saw and a crappy job site portable TS. Now its time to start buying the big stuff. I have read many forums and it seems to make the most sense to buy the TS first since its the center of a shop. I will be most likely building end tables, built in book cases, shelves…to give you an idea of what I will be using the tools for. Ive spent countless hours researching table saws and narrowing it down to what seems to be either a Grizz or Shop Fox (essentially the same thing), but I’m open to suggestions. I have about a ~ $1500-$2000 budget so I was looking at the G0715P or the G0690 (or SF equivalent). I like the idea of buying something new with a warranty and safety features (riving knife). Like I said, I need to outfit an entire shop so is it worth spending the extra $750-$1000 for the 3HP cabinet saw or would you go with the hybrid style and be able to buy a planer and jointer as well? I never thought this would be such a tough decision. I first started out looking at the delta contractor saw at Lowes, almost bought it before researching saws, which lead me to this. I am in NJ, I wish a Grizzly showroom was closer to be able to get a hands on feel for the saws as I don’t have much experience looking at higher end saws. Thanks in advance


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#1 posted 01-12-2016 08:38 PM

If you have 220v, there’s no comparison between the G0690 and the G0715P. One’s an industrial 3hp cabinet saw, the other is a hybrid. Both will cut wood, but the G0690 is a far more substantial saw….so is the G1023RL.

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#2 posted 01-12-2016 08:59 PM

After I bought my G0715P it became obvious it is far more of a saw than I will ever need.
IMHO one needs a full power cabinet saw when his shop makes money and is in use 8 hours a day 5 days a week. For a weekend worrier I think a brand new 690 is an overkill. Of course it is nice to have but you can make so much more with (715P + Planer + Jointer) than with a 690.
By the way Delta contractor saw from Lowes is not a bad option either.
I would skip the jointer for now and buy a dust collector first. You hardly will be able to use your new planer without it.

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#3 posted 01-12-2016 09:11 PM

I picked up a G0690 a couple months ago from Grizzly when they were moving, I couldn’t pass up the sale price. I have a DW746, but since I got the G0690, I barely use the dewalt. The dewalt will cut just about anything, but the 3hp on the griizzly will do it without ever bogging down.

If you’re going to use a lot of sheet goods, you may want to think about buying a contractor saw and using the left over money to buy a track saw. It’s so much easier and safer to cut down plywood with a track saw and I don’t need anyone to help me do it.

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#4 posted 01-12-2016 09:52 PM

Welcome Brian,

I cannot offer much advice on which table saw, I am a pretty hardcore weekend warrior and I found a G0444Z for sale locally and I went for it. It has a 2HP 220/110v option. I built my shop from the ground up back in the summer of last year and wired in 220 so I use that option. If you are going to be working in your shop a ton, then get the cabinet, if not the hybrid is sufficient. If you are as excited as I was/am to kick off the new hobby in your new shop then this is the first of many many questions. If you need any help let me know.


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#5 posted 01-12-2016 11:07 PM


It really depends on what you’re doing and how often you’re doing it.

I think a 2HP machine would suffice for 90% of the ww’ing anyone does.

Last night I was ripping down hard maple beams with the blade fully raised and could not bog my 3HP saw (Jet Xacta). And no, the blade was not fresh, either. Times like this I’m glad I have it.

Then there are guys who wouldn’t have anything less than a 5HP sawmill type TS.

I think you’ll do fine with the saws you’ve selected use the money for other needed machines is a good idea.

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