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02-05-2011 03:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: table saws

Being a rookie at woodworking I would like to pick your brains. I found this site when I was looking for reviews on the Grizzly GO715 hybrid t/s I thought this was the saw I needed. I’ve read all the positive reviews here and said yep this is the one. Then I started reading about all the back orders and how the dates were being pushed back. Then they were a few of you who opt to go to the next step up to a 1023 or the 0690. So I read all the reviews on those too, again very positive. When comparing the 1023 and the 0690 the one thing that popped out was the 0690 came with a “Leeson motor”. My question is what is so special about that motor, is it used in higher end table saws, will it last longer, is it worth the extra money? They must be something about them, when I was at a local saw shop recently they had a 30 year old Unisaw there that they took in trade that they were trying to sell and the salesman went out of his to mention that it had a Leeson motor in it. Any light you could shed on this would be grateful.

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 03:27 AM

I do know one came on my new saw a delta unisaw.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 03:37 AM

They are good quality motors. Made in USA I think. Comparable
to Baldor but not as costly. Baldor is more common for metalworking

Motors last a long, long time if they get the power they need to
run and aren’t abused by, like, getting doused with oil every week.

You could get unlucky with a used motor of course. I’ve been
lucky in all my years messing with machinery and used motors. I
don’t recall ever owning one that wasn’t obviously knackered
when I got it go out on me.

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