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Difference in the g0691 series and the go1023 series saw

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Forum topic by jtp79 posted 12-26-2016 09:13 PM 965 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-26-2016 09:13 PM

The comparison charts look very similar and they are similar in price. Which one for the money is the way to go?


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#1 posted 12-26-2016 09:39 PM

I have a 690. The difference is in the dust collection. From what I hear, the 1023 dust shute clogs up where the 690 falls to the bottom of the cabinet. Both are good saws for the money. I originally ordered a 1023 and waited 2 months. Got tired of waiting and got the 690 instead.

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#2 posted 12-26-2016 11:04 PM

There are pros and cons with each, but either could easily suit my needs.

The G0690 has a traditional swing arm and triple v-belt drive system. The G0690 has an Asian made Leeson motor, and 30” rip capacity from the factory. The G0691 is the same saw with 50 inch rip and an extension table. The G1023RL’s fence is the Shop Fox Classic, which was the same fence that came on the original G1023, and has a 26” stock rip capacity. It’s a good copy of the earlier commercial Biesemeyer fence. Since both are left tilt saws, it’s really easy to slide the front rail tube over by about a bolt hole distance, and cantilever the rail slightly on the mounting bracket to gain about 10 inches capacity. The G0690 fence would yield about 40” rip doing the same trick.

The new G1023R series has a mechanical vertical elevation screw with dovetail ways vs the traditional swing arm…that means that the blade travels absolutely vertically as opposed to swinging up in an arc on the end of a boom….I really can’t say that one is better than the other, but the vertical thread is a more updated design that can be found on some higher end saws. The 1023 also uses a modern serpentine style belt. It sports a generic Asian made motor.

There are some differences in the dust collection too….like where the dust ports are located, a blade shroud for DC, and the blade guard. The G0690 is made in China, and is (or was at one time) sold under some other names like Craftex, Shop Fox, Baileigh, Laguna, and Harvey. The G1023RL is made in Taiwan, and AFAIK, is a unique design to Grizzly. Both models have been out long enough, and have sold sufficient quantities that both are pretty well proven.

Actual performance will boil down to setup and blade selection.

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 11:15 PM


There are some differences in the dust collection too….like where the dust ports are located, a blade shroud for DC, and the blade guard.
- knotscott

Which one has the blade shroud? I have a Grizzly that has a shrouded blade and I’m very disappointed in how it’s implemented.

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#4 posted 12-26-2016 11:56 PM

The 1023 has a blade shroud:

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#5 posted 12-27-2016 01:24 AM

So with the few minor differences and basically the same money, which one is the one to buy? And why?

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