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Forum topic by tworst posted 08-24-2010 04:10 AM 2541 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-24-2010 04:10 AM

Grizzly has a Shop Fox T23042 12”, 5 HP, 1 PH table saw on their site (http://www.grizzly.com/outlet/12-5-HP-Table-Saw-with-Cast-Iron-Wings/T23042), list $3195, current price $1495. As far as I can tell, it is virtually identical to the Grizzly G0696X, list $1995 current price $1895. So, I think the list price for the Shop Fox of $3195 is completely bogus. Still, a 5 HP 12” table saw under $1500 and $400 less than the equivalent Grizzly sounds pretty good. I did not start out looking for a 12” 5 HP model. I just wanted to upgrade from my 10”, 10 year old Craftsman contractor saw to a cabinet saw. One of the things that was high on my criteria was a longer distance from the table to the front of the blade at maximum cutting hieght. But my Craftsman has 13 1/4” and I could not find any new 10” table saw much more than 11”. The Shop Fox has 13 1/2”, so not really much of an improvement, but at least not a step backwards. Also, 3 HP would be fine, although there might be some occasions when it would be handy to have 5 HP. So, my dilema: I don’t see any other options out there for improved front table distance. I would rather spend my money on quality/features rather than extra horsepower/extra cutting depth (here refering to “4 cutting depth due to 12” blade). But given this is my only choice if I want 13”+ front table distance, I am just about ready to pull the trigger on it – seems like you can never find exactly what you want. The only thing stopping me now is: Is there any inherent disadvantage of a 12” vs 10”? (I will be usiing 10” blades and it comes with arbors for both). And, I don’t know anything about Shop Fox, but as I said, it looks identical in specs and visually to the Grizzly G0696X. But the $400 lower price is probably made up somewhere, like maybe a lower quality motor. I would appreciate any member thoughts on the matter.


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#1 posted 10-11-2011 08:14 PM

What did you finally decide? I am looking at a 5 hp grizzly w the router table attatchement. My other grizzly tools are still functioning, and this would be a definit upgrade from my older craftsman. The 3 hp and lower seem to be more the norm for folks.

I’m using 1ph 220 so this would fit my needs.

Sorry no one else has replied.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 08:42 PM

I wondered the same thing and found this post that
indicates he did not buy the 12” tablesaw.

http://lumberjocks.com/tworst/blog/17802

And how did this post sneak by without any comments ?

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 09:32 PM

Sometimes it does, but I’ve had pretty good imput on my concerns. I did check it out. There are good and bad in all critiqes on stuff on Amazon. Consumer reports says “best buy” and it’s discontinued! Problem is I really can’t afford a 3 thousand dollar table saw made in usa. So I look at negative critiqes and see if they are cosistant, then don’t buy it. I am guilty of supporting the Chinese economy out of my own poverty.

Grizzly has flaws, but you can talk to someone and if it is screwed up they will help fix it.

Story about fully checking out a frieght purchase. My furnace looked ok until unpacked. dented, and I signed for it. good thing it was on the side i cut out for the cold air return.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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