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Forum topic by Murf2499 posted 11-03-2010 11:13 PM 1254 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-03-2010 11:13 PM

In the next few days I will be placing an order for a new cabinet saw to replace my Ridgid hybrid saw. I have done lots of reading and have decided Grizzly offers the best value for my needs. My last dilema is standard or extension rails. The G1023RL has 26” ripping capacity, the G1023RLX has 52” ( the Ridgid hybrid has 36” ripping capacity). I have a basement shop that I am currently expanding. Althow I will now have double the space, it is still narrow. I am basically putting two rooms together one 12×22 and another 13X20. I feel like this saw is a long term investment so it should have all the capacity available, on the other hand I dont want to bog down my narrow shop with a 72” wide saw. Looking for advice!!

-- Murf, Clifton Park, NY

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 11:27 PM


I don’t think you can ever have too much saw. Perhaps you might get a mobile base with extension to the right so you can move it if you need the space for other work. I am now considering buying the longer rails for my cabinet saw.

Good Luck!

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 11:37 PM

What are you mainly going to cut with it ?
I bought my Table saw without rails. After 1 year I quickly made an extension. I did a lot of kitchen cabinet work. My suggestion is mount your saw on wheels. Then you can move it to one side when you are not using it.

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 11:53 PM

I just bought a Jet 50” from craigs list. My shop is a one car garage so you can imagine how tight it was. So I took the chance and cut the rails and the wood extension to 36”. I bolted the rails to the wood extension and then hinged it with HD door hinges. With the exception of the kerf cut it is dead on. I am finishing it up with folding legs. Now I can get past it and move the saw if needed as it is on wheels. I would go with the larger rails and maybe do something like I did.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 12:13 AM

I would go with the biggest one I could fit. I was pleasantly suprised with how much room I still had when I installed the new Griz 691. The extra length (and work surface) make a very big difference. By the way I’m very happy with the new Griz

-- Ken

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 01:47 AM

Thanks for the feedback, you reinforced what I already knew, go big or go home!!! Thanks all, the mobile base will solve all concerns. Thank you!

-- Murf, Clifton Park, NY

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 01:58 AM

You should be able to slide the front rail to the right, thus robbing ~ 10” of rip capacity from the left and adding it to the right. Since it’s a left tilt saw, you’re not likely to miss it.

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