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Forum topic by milford2339 posted 12-20-2016 07:04 PM 772 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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milford2339

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12-20-2016 07:04 PM

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I am looking to purchase a new table saw in the price range of $1200-$1700. I currently have an old Ryobi BT3000 but last week a motor bearing seized up. I’m 63 and looking to retire in a couple of years so it’s time to upgrade my workshop. I’ve been looking at Grizzly 1024RL and the G0690 series also. I think I would like to at least have a 3HP motor. Should I be considering other brands in this price range? I’ve never owned a Grizzly power tool of any kind. Thanks in advance.


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 12-20-2016 07:09 PM

I’d replace the bearing for a few bucks first… which would get you back to working again and give you time to look for a good deal on a cabinet saw. Purchasing in a ‘got to have it now’ mode will almost always wind up with you paying much more than you should have.

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 12-20-2016 07:15 PM

Personally, I wouldn’t sink a dime or ten minutes of my time tearing into that Ryobi. You’re already set on taking a step up so what’s the point?

I think you will do fine with a Grizzly. It will be a HUGE step up from where you’re at. You will be AMAZED at the difference. You’ll be going from a Hyundai Santa Fe to at a Lincoln MK2. :-D

I would take a closer look at the G0691. Considering it has a riving knife rather than a splitter and the extended fence for $100 more seems like a no-brainer to me. :-)

If you will be doing much with sheet goods, the extended fence is a must. The extension table is very nice for holding material, jigs, push blocks, etc etc.

But before you do that, do yourself a favor and check around for a used Unisaw, Jet or PM. You might get lucky and find one in your price range. Sometimes they throw in extra things like a dust collector.

Have a good one hope this helps!!

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#3 posted 12-20-2016 07:49 PM

Replace the bearing and sell the Ryobi on Craigslist to make some money back. Then look for a used cabinet saw or go the grizzly route. You could get a used pm66 in your price range.

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#4 posted 12-20-2016 08:00 PM

I’m shopping in the same price range. I’ve seen some questionable reviews on the 0691 so I’m leaning hard into the G1023RL from Grizzly.

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#5 posted 12-20-2016 08:29 PM

I vote for the G0690…The G0690/0691 is time proven. In fact I believe this saw was based on an earlier 1023 trunnion design anyway. I have had my G0690 for over 6-years and just love it to death. I added the cast iron router table extension and reused the right TS wing, for some serious cast iron real estate… ;-)

Mine:

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#6 posted 12-20-2016 09:16 PM

Can’t really go wrong with either. Both are great saws and really good value. There are pros and cons with each, and opinions seems pretty evenly split. The main differences are arbor carriage design and drive belt system, and dust collection is a bit different. The fences are similar, but the G1023RL fence is the Shop Fox Classic, and only offers 26” rip capacity in it’s stock configuration. However, it’s pretty easy to slide the rails to the “right to gain another 10 capacity of both, so you end with 36” and 40” rip respectively.

Shop Fox is owned by the same man that owns Grizzly. Their G1819 is essentially the same as a G0690.

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#7 posted 12-21-2016 12:36 AM

I am going through the same decision-making process. I am planning on ordering my first table saw in the next two weeks. I am pretty sure that I have decided to go with the G1023RL, but the G0690 is my other option. I have been using my father in law’s Powermatic 66 and it has me pretty spoiled. I want something substantial, but still mobile. I have a 3 car garage, park two vehicles inside every night, and store all of the tools in the one car bay.

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HorizontalMike

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#8 posted 12-21-2016 12:37 PM



I am going through the same decision-making process. I am planning on ordering my first table saw in the next two weeks. I am pretty sure that I have decided to go with the G1023RL, but the G0690 is my other option. I have been using my father in law s Powermatic 66 and it has me pretty spoiled. I want something substantial, but still mobile. I have a 3 car garage, park two vehicles inside every night, and store all of the tools in the one car bay.
- B888S

For mobility, aka easy rolling, don’t forget acquiring the ShopFox Mobile base and also add the extension kit. Well worth it IMO.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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LonelyRaven

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#9 posted 12-21-2016 05:49 PM

I was just at this same crossroads a couple weeks ago. I was leaning towards the 690, but Grizzly had (may still have) a sale on the G1023RL, and the Heavy Duty mobile base was also on sale.

I got the G1023RL, ShopFox base, Freight, and lift gate service all for $1475.

I pulled the Incra fence and cast iron router wing from my 30 year old Craftsman and sold the old saw for $150, and I posted my Shop Fox fence that came with the 1023 for sale on Craigslist for $200.

The 1023 came out of the box with the blade bang on 90 degrees to the miter slots, and the cast iron top lined up perfectly. I’ve not had much time with it yet, but so far I’m so very glad I finally made the leap to a real 3HP saw.

I’m sure the 690 and the Shop Fox equivalent are very fine tables, but the cost difference and my limited budget had me go with the 1023.

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