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Forum topic by FordTrax posted 11-05-2017 02:59 PM 6376 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2017 02:59 PM

I am looking for a new table saw with a riving knife and better dust collection.

I am still looking at the new Rikon (which is a lot like the old Steel City) Cabinet Saws which is supposed to be come available by year end. I have talked with Grizzly and they recommend a G1023 over the G690. Better dust collection and flat belt I guess. However, after researching the specs closely I like the G690 because it has a few inches more of rip capacity on both sides of the blade and a bit more depth of cut. My shop is to small for 50” rails so a G0691 is not a option. My old saw has the 3 belt system and I have no issues with that – it will pass the nickel test – so not sure that the flat belt is that big of an improvement for my level of hobby woodworking.

However, I have seen the following issues reported with G0690/G0691:

1.) Blade Height Adjustment – After a while some owners reported stiffness/resistance/binding when raising and or lowering the blade.

2.) Fence – I have heard that there is some issues with the flatness of the fence panels. And that the fence is not always parallel to the blade and flush with the table. General fence quality issues I guess.

I would really appreciate some input on the G0690/G0691 over the long term. Have you experienced the above issues? Or any issues? How is the saw performing for you over the long term? Would you buy it again or recommend it to a friend? How long have you had it would also be interesting.

Thank you,


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#1 posted 11-05-2017 03:14 PM

The G0610 is a dovetail machine. Do you mean the 690 or 691?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 11-05-2017 03:36 PM

thanks Bill I corrected it.

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#3 posted 11-05-2017 04:28 PM

Just an FYI – I wouldn’t let the fence capacity carry much weight….it’s really easy to just slide the front rail on the G1023RL (or any left tilt saw with a Biese type fence), over by about one bolt hole on the angle bracket to gain roughly 10” more capacity. Thanks to Photobucket’s new price policies, the pics on this are mostly unavailable, but here’s the link of how to do it – http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/34563

Blade height stiffness on any saw is almost always a matter of cleaning and lubrication.

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#4 posted 11-05-2017 06:34 PM

I have had the 0690 for about 7yrs. Its been a great saw. After the initial set up I haven’t “had” to change anything. The DC on it is about average, which means it not very good. I have made minor changes to the saw that has made it better. I have heard the complaints about the fence, but I didn’t have any issues. This spring I changed to a VSCT fence because I wanted to not because I had too. At the same time I added the Grizzly sliding table to the saw to help my aging body with ply and other large pieces of wood. For several years I had the router table extension, it saved a lot of shop space but I really didn’t like router table height and the constant switch from saw to router was a pain. I went back to a router table when I built my shop. The saw has been used/abused and moved, it is still a great tool. I would not hesitate to buy it again.

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#5 posted 11-05-2017 10:59 PM

Bob – Thank you for sharing your experience. Sounds very positive. Hopefully a few other folks will chime in with there experiences.

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#6 posted 11-06-2017 01:15 AM

I bought the G0691 in 2008 so I’ve had it for 9 years. I agree with Bob5103 that the dust collection isn’t very good. In fact, I don’t bother hooking it up anymore and just open up the cabinet door every so often and suck out the dust. It’s really no big deal. I do this as part of my regular shop tool maintenance. Other than that, it’s been an absolutely wonderful saw. No fence issues, no saw issues, nothing. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. It must be a pretty good saw because I see it sells for $400 more than what I paid for it. If it was a bad saw, it would either have been discontinued or sold for less money.

As for the Blade/Height adjustment issue some have reported, It’s true that it can bind up if you don’t blow the sawdust out of the gears on a regular basis. I use my compressor to blow out any dust and spray it with the same stuff used on camper slide outs to prevent squealing. The reason being is that it doesn’t attract the dust making a sludgy mess. It’s the best stuff I’ve found to keep things moving smoothly. I’ve also heard using a dry Teflon spray does the trick but I don’t have any personal knowledge on that.

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#7 posted 11-06-2017 01:24 AM

In my opinion Grizzly is like Harbor Freight… Spin the wheel and take your chances. You fare a better chance at the higher end stuff but all the consumer stuff is a crap shoot.

-- β€œIn a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#8 posted 11-06-2017 01:48 AM

richardchaos, Grizzly in my opinion is above what Harborfreight offers. The fit and finish is better. I would say their tablesaws fit and finish is on par with a Jet or that level of saw. Definitely not top of the line but not bottom of the barrel either. Certainly capable tools and within most hobby woodworkers spending ability.

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#9 posted 11-06-2017 03:49 AM

I have the G1023, purchased in 2013, and would buy it again. It’s a heck of a value for the money. I did have to replace the arbor bearings within 2 years which is kind of stupid given that a quality bearing really doesn’t cost all that much, but other than that, it’s been a great saw. I built an entire kitchen worth of cabinets with this saw. I thought I would miss the extra rip capacity, that was just my inexperience showing. Can you rip a 4×8 sheet in half lengthwise? That’s really all you need unless you are doing really strange stuff.

Grizzly != Harbor Freight.

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#10 posted 11-06-2017 11:39 AM

Thank you Rob for another long term report on the G0690/G0691. Skate appreciate the info on the G1023 but am leaning hard to the G0690.

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#11 posted 11-06-2017 08:45 PM



In my opinion Grizzly is like Harbor Freight… Spin the wheel and take your chances. You fare a better chance at the higher end stuff but all the consumer stuff is a crap shoot.

- richardchaos

So I know you don’t like Rigid table saws and now it seems you don’t like Grizzly or Harbor Freight tools, so may I ask what type of table saw do you use?

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#12 posted 11-06-2017 09:25 PM


In my opinion Grizzly is like Harbor Freight… Spin the wheel and take your chances. You fare a better chance at the higher end stuff but all the consumer stuff is a crap shoot.

- richardchaos

When the G0690 first came out, Laguna was selling the same saw made with the same parts from the same factory, with a different paint scheme. Baileigh, Harvey, and others sell, or have sold the same saw at some point too. It’s pretty well proven.



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#13 posted 11-06-2017 10:22 PM

I’ve read posts from people saying they would never own Brand X because it’s inferior and then praise Brand Z and other than a different color paint and a different price tag, it’s the same tool. Perception is a powerful thing in marketing.

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FordTrax

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#14 posted 11-07-2017 02:27 AM

KnotScott – Those are some good pixs to illustrate the same saw point.

Rob – Totally agree about perception – that is what good marketing is all about.

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#15 posted 11-07-2017 09:04 AM



I ve read posts from people saying they would never own Brand X because it s inferior and then praise Brand Z and other than a different color paint and a different price tag, it s the same tool. Perception is a powerful thing in marketing.

Design is one thing …... quality control and support / service or lack thereof, is something else. Still bitter! Grizzly bad!

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