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Forum topic by hkmiller posted 03-09-2018 01:13 PM 949 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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hkmiller

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03-09-2018 01:13 PM

My first table saw was the prior version of the current Ridgid contractor style hybrid it had all the cast iron wings but my ex-wife sold it without my permission so I’m looking for a new Saw9 I like the Delta with the price but the Grizzlies nice to the question is for twice as much money that you getting twice as much saw any opinions would be appreciated

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#1 posted 03-09-2018 01:29 PM

First off, I hate when ex-wives do that…lost a 1972 Kawasaki 750 triple I was rebuilding that way, and I had to clear the title since I had it when she sold it.

As far as the saw, they are both Asian, and I guess you have to ask yourself, which would give you the best after sale service. You know they will both cut wood. I have a large Grizzly bandsaw since 2012, a horse, a Grizzly 15” spiralhead planer that has never had a real problem, and Grizzly’s version of the Tormek. All work great, and the service guys, the very few times I used them, have been excellent. Is the saw worth twice the money? Well, I did own the Delta bandsaw, but after fighting it for two years, sold it off on CL and bought a Powermatic for THREE times the price, and it has been a great saw, so yes, sometimes the stuff that is more expensive is definitely worth the price.

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#2 posted 03-09-2018 02:06 PM

Looked at both the Grizzly and the Delta and the only reason I bought the Delta was I could get it locally from Lowe’s and the price was right for what I could spend. Also if I had any issues I didn’t have to deal with shipping it back. With that said, I don’t like the fact that the Delta has a all-in-one piece motor and arbor housing and if the motor dies after the warranty is out you’re SOL because the whole unit has to be replaced at a cost of more than the whole saw. The key thing with the Grizzly is the Grizzly has an independent motor that is fairly generic and can be replaced years down the road without a lot of headaches. If I had the money at the time and the nerve to buy something like that being shipped to me I would have gone with the Grizzly.

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#3 posted 03-09-2018 02:38 PM

I’m not sure where you are, but around me the Delta lists for 600 plus tax. The grizzly lists for 845, either with shipping or with tax depending on where you live. So the price difference comes down to roughly 660 (price plus tax) vs 960 (price plus shipping). The grizzly has an enclosed cabinet and cabinet mounted trunnions, and like stated above, is designed to be able to replace most parts. If you had the Ridgid 4512, from what I can tell, the Delta is essentially the same with different paint. You can check reviews on this site, people seem to have some issues with both saws but generally like both when they have them.

Also, I know Grizzly does reasonably deep discounts at certain times of the year. I don’t know when any are other than black friday, but I believe the grizzly was down to 750 or 775.

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#4 posted 03-09-2018 04:15 PM

Thanks to all the good replies. I called Delta, and the motor price is $779.00 – more than the saw. But what is the chance it dies after 5 years – roll the dice.

Also, i called Grizzly, and you can use thin kerf blade, but I don’t think you can with Delta?

My old saw was the Ridgid model prior to the granite top. It worked well, and was better than the current Ridgid model?

Maybe Lowes will honor Harbor Freight 20% coupon? I will ask them today.

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#5 posted 03-09-2018 04:27 PM

Thanks to all the good replies. I called Delta, and the motor price is $779.00 – more than the saw. But what is the chance it dies after 5 years – roll the dice.
- hkmiller

Basically zero. Motors don’t just die, and an induction motor can last for several lifetimes or more if properly taken care of. If there is a defect, 99.9% of the time it is discovered within the first month or two of use and covered under warranty.

Cheers,
Brad

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#6 posted 03-10-2018 05:32 AM

Any saw can use thin kerf blades. I have looked at all of Grizzly’s 10” saws in the showroom, and as far as I can tell, they all come with thin kerf riving knives. But if you only have a full kerf riving knife, then yes, you do have to use full kerf blades. The narrower slot will hang up on the thicker RK. Of course, making your own riving knife isn’t all that hard.

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#7 posted 03-10-2018 04:57 PM

Y’know, six months ago I’d have said get the Delta. I’ve got one and it’s been a great saw. Until I noticed my cuts being inconsistently square and binding in the miter slots. Turns out my top has been warping slowly over time. At this point I wish I had bought the grizzly.

I can work around it using sleds and such, but it’s a real bummer. Always knew it wouldn’t be a forever saw, but didnt expect to be considering replacing it this soon.

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hkmiller

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#8 posted 03-10-2018 06:39 PM



Y know, six months ago I d have said get the Delta. I ve got one and it s been a great saw. Until I noticed my cuts being inconsistently square and binding in the miter slots. Turns out my top has been warping slowly over time. At this point I wish I had bought the grizzly.

I can work around it using sleds and such, but it s a real bummer. Always knew it wouldn t be a forever saw, but didnt expect to be considering replacing it this soon.

- aravenel

That’s interesting maybe it’s due to the trunnions mounted at the table and overtime the pressure caused it to slowly Warp

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#9 posted 03-10-2018 07:57 PM


Y know, six months ago I d have said get the Delta. I ve got one and it s been a great saw. Until I noticed my cuts being inconsistently square and binding in the miter slots. Turns out my top has been warping slowly over time. At this point I wish I had bought the grizzly.

I can work around it using sleds and such, but it s a real bummer. Always knew it wouldn t be a forever saw, but didnt expect to be considering replacing it this soon.

- aravenel

That s interesting maybe it s due to the trunnions mounted at the table and overtime the pressure caused it to slowly Warp

- hkmiller

That’s my guess as well. Unfortunate…

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