|Forum topic by TheKingInYellow||posted 07-13-2011 09:38 PM||14778 views||2 times favorited||26 replies|
07-13-2011 09:38 PM
I am ready to pull the trigger on a new saw. I really wanted to purchase a SawStop for the brake feature, but in Canada, it’s about a $1,800 premium over any of these Grizzly saws, and I just can’t stretch the budget that much. Locally I can also look at Steel City, Laguna and General but the price/value comparison against the Grizzly saws is very compelling, and I also know that Grizzly continually gets rave reviews for their quality and customer service.
So, having settled on a Grizzly, I have this dilemma. These four models are all within $250 of each other, and besides the obvious advantage of the longer rails and capacity of the 691 and RLX models, it seems to be a list of pros and cons that makes this a maddening choice!
Dust collection is increasingly important to me, and I only have a small dust collection unit (Dust Deputy w/ Shopvac) so that’s a big advantage to the 1023s, but the new trunion design just looks less robust to me, and they don’t have the history that the 690 has. I think there are differences in the fences as well, but I can’t be certain. The 1023RLX is the most expensive of the three but it lists the ‘Shop Fox Classic’ fence specifically so I’m not sure of what the others include. I also know the Leeson motors are highly regarded and they are very efficient.
I have a pretty limited amount of experience with table saws, starting with a Ridgid Jobsite saw (3 years, sold it), then a Ridgid Contractor saw (3 weeks, returned it) and now I am saw-less in my garage shop. I want this to be the last time I shop for a buy a saw, so I want to get it right.
I’ve had both saws in my cart and my finger hovering the order button, but I honestly don’t know what the right saw for me is. If the 1023 had the 690 style trunions I’d have bought it already, but they don’t and I can’t seem to make up my mind.
Help a new guy out?
-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...