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Forum topic by meandmtf posted 01-28-2010 07:05 PM 1467 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2010 07:05 PM

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I am in the market for a new table saw to outfit my shop. I don’t want to spend more than $1500, so like you I want as much saw for the money as possible. I am looking at two Grizzly saws, the G1023slx w/ 7” rails and the G 1023rlx w/ riving knife and 7” rails. Being new to the game I am not familiar with all the intricacies and important differences between the two. Does anyone have experience with these or an opinion that would be helpful? ....Any other saw recommendations?....
Thanks Ron

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 07:25 PM

AFAIK, the only difference is the riving knife and the poly v-belt on the 1023RLX vs a standard splitter and triple v-belt on the SLX. A riving knife is all well and good, but it’s not worth a $500 premium in my book. Poly v-belts are nice too, but the triple belt drive is a long proven design too.

I’d go for the value of the sale priced SLX. You can add a retrofit BORK aftermarket riving knife to it for $125…put the rest of the money saved towards good blades, a miter gauge upgrade, and maybe a mobile base if you want one.

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 07:37 PM

Based on my cursory glance, the RLX just has the new trunnion system that allows the riving knife. I just upgraded from a 1023SL to a SawStop PCS, so I have a bit of perspective on the whole riving knife thing. Given a choice between two identical saws at the same price, I’d choose the one with the riving knife. However, I wouldn’t assign a large price premium to it.

One thing that people need to realize is that you usually don’t use the riving knife, per se, but the riving guard is what you should usually use. I don’t how easy it is to remove the guard, but the toolless system on the SawStop is really nice. If the RLX is better than the SL, another point in its favor. The manual’s not online, so I can’t really say. “quick change” is a relative term.

However, the RLX is $500 more than the SL. That’s a pretty hefty premium just for a riving knife. Personally, I don’t think it’s worth it.

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#3 posted 01-30-2010 02:45 AM

Thanks for your input, I am leaning toward the less expensive one but I didn’t want to short change myself if there was a big difference between the two. I appreciate your opinions.

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