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Forum topic by Chipy posted 04-25-2011 08:07 PM 1684 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2011 08:07 PM

I would like some advise on a few issues. Any feedback would be appreciated. 1. witch saw would you buy and why, Grizzly 1023 or G691 2Are Grizzly extension tables worth the money 3.What is the best mobile base for cabinet saws.5hp Grizzly motor or 3hp Leeson.Thanks Chipy.

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#1 posted 04-25-2011 08:53 PM

how much power you have in the shop?

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#2 posted 04-25-2011 09:19 PM

I have a 200 amp panel with a few open brakers.If I go 5 hp I have been told I need 10 gage wire and double 30 amp braker.The G 1023 also comes in a 3hp version but I will still need a 240 out let but less amp braker.

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 12:19 AM

Unless you are getting into the business and have a man cutting all day long everyday I don’t have any idea why you would need a 5 hp! That is a lot of HP. I have the 3 hp left hand tilt and love it. I build with mostly cherry and it cuts 8/4 at a 45 like butter. Good luck

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 12:54 AM

I just bought the
G0715P and love it, bought the $70 base for so I can move it around since my garage is my shop and I still park 2 cars in there.

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 11:20 AM

I agree with Les: 5 horse is over kill on a grand scale, even allowing for the fact that you guys see your horses as being smaller than elsewhere (;). You will just waste electricity every time you hit the green button…..
Even 3 horse is a lot , especially as the thin kerf carbide tipped blade is now a common item, but nice to have on hand anyway if your horses are tired.
I wouldn’t want to advise which Grizzly model to go for but would place more value on a sliding table attachment rather than an extension unless you want to cut up sheet goods. Sliding tables are also much safer and easier to use.
I am assuming you are a one man keen home woodworm and not planning to go into full time production…..
I see lots of Grizzlys here albeit in disguise, and I think it is a lot of machine for the money especially when compared to the old Delta etc of yore.
As an aside: as a cabinet maker I would rather have a good band saw and shaper before a table saw-in other words I could manage without it but would get the table saw later.

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 02:56 AM

As for the mobile bases I would look strongly at Rockler all terrain mobile base, especially if your garage floor has any cracks in it. I just purchased one for my Grizzly 0715P table saw and it works great. Much better and smoother than the HTC I previously had. The Rockler base still snags on larger items like power cords, but doesn’t catch on small things like screws and nails, or large cracks in my garage floor. It even works great moving the saw out of the garage onto the apron where there is a little slope. If you are patient it goes on sale I got mine for 150 with free extension rails and free shipping. The other nice think is all 4 wheels lock not just the fronts when you release the wheels.

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 04:49 AM

Chipy… I read your profile and know that woodworking isn’t exactly new to you, so I speak to you from a personal point of view. I bought my Jet cabinet saw about 10 years ago and love it. I know of the Grizzly line and wish I had one, but my Jet is great. Funny thing is that I could convert it into a 3HP saw by switching a couple of wires but I don’t want too. My current 1 1/2 HP suits me fine. A few times I’ve had to slow the feed rate and I’ve burnt wood a couple of times… but I’ve never have had a out of control kick-back or other dangerous situations. I’m actually stronger then my saw and I like that. Don’t overestimate power because that could be dangerous. In the 10 years with my Jet, I have tripped the reset button only 2 times and I still have 10 fingers. All of my current projects have been built from hardwoods. And for my last comment, I still have the 3 HP option of which I still don’t see the need for!

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