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Forum topic by Rod Lloyd posted 02-19-2018 03:28 PM 230 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Rod Lloyd

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02-19-2018 03:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw sears craftsman grizzly

I am in process of moving across country and will be setting up a wood shop at my new home.

I currently use a contractor table saw and was planning on selling it and buying a Grizzly G0771Z combo saw to be delivered to my new home.

When I come to advertise my contractor saw, I see it says Sears Craftsman 10” 3HP saw with cast iron table. [I suspect it is only 1-1/2hp]. It will likely sell for $200 or less.

Then I see the Grizzly saw is only 2 hp. so I am not sure I should just move my existing saw and keep using it.

My saw has a nice upgrade Vega fence. The only thing I do not like about my existing saw is it is very hard to adjust the angle. It is almost impossible to get it to 45’ and very hard to get it back to 90’ again. Even moving it a few degrees is not easy with the plastic crank.

I do a lot of cabinet work and the saw does not need to be mobile. I do plan on adding dust extraction which I do not have currently, and might be hard to add to my existing saw.

I find it hard to justify spending over $1,000 for the new saw hence the Grizzly.

Any advice to help me make my decision, please.

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#1 posted 02-19-2018 03:34 PM

Have you tried cleaning and waxing the angle
adjustment screw inside the saw?

Cabinet saws have a nicer tilt mechanism with
bigger hand wheels. The screws still get
gunked up though.

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#2 posted 02-21-2018 02:31 AM

Is it possible to connect dust extraction to such a saw?

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#3 posted 02-21-2018 02:42 AM

It’s tricky to enclose the back to get fine
dust but heavier chips that fall down anyway
can be sucked out without too much trouble.

Google “contractor saw dust collection”.

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#4 posted 02-21-2018 02:59 AM

Somewhat sealing the back is a pain but you can buy I think a 20×20 w 4” port that fits nicely on the bottom. It’s ok at best when done.

Sounds like the gears need a good cleaning.

I’m sure the 0771 is decent but there isn’t much value in stepping up from where you’re at now.

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