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Forum topic by SharkeysEnd posted 09-18-2018 02:41 AM 921 views 0 times favorited 35 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SharkeysEnd

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09-18-2018 02:41 AM

Hi everyone. I just came across a new posting for a Grizzly 1023SLX that comes with a 53” ShopFox fence for $650.

(the seller needs to clean their camera)

I was curious what the LJs think about this saw vs. holding off and waiting for a decent Unisaw at a decent price to pop up. I’d prefer a PM-66, but only 3-phase ones seem to get sold around here, and it just seems like too much hassle and money dealing with that for a home workshop.

Thanks as always.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf


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WoodES

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#1 posted 09-18-2018 04:18 AM

At that price, buy it and use in until a unisaw comes available. Then sell the Grizzly for more that what you paid….

Seems like a very good price. The current price on a new saw with the extensions is $1795 + shipping.

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01ntrain

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#2 posted 09-18-2018 01:38 PM

For that price, it’s a no-brainer. Buy it now!

Chances are, you will probably never have to upgrade to the Unisaw or PM66. For a hobbyist, that Grizzly is every bit as good, at half the price.

In my area, that saw would be well over $1000, which makes holding out for the other saws more enticing. But, for that price it’s kind of a steal.

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SharkeysEnd

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#3 posted 09-18-2018 01:48 PM

Thanks for ensuring that I had the right idea about it being a good buy. I’m going to try to get it, but unfortunately I have to go out of town for a funeral. I told him if he still hasn’t sold it by Friday that I want it.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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SharkeysEnd

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#4 posted 09-18-2018 01:57 PM

One more question: do you think I could fit this saw, after disassembly, into a Honda pilot? Is it OK to lie the cabinet down on its side?

The cargo space is 4 feet between the wheel wells, by at least 6 feet deep, by 33 to 35 inches tall


-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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GR8HUNTER

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#5 posted 09-18-2018 02:45 PM

could you rent a trailer for 4 hours there ? :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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bonesbr549

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#6 posted 09-18-2018 02:47 PM

I had a 1023slx for over 10 years, and it was a beast. Ran like a dream till the day I sold it, and would pass the nickel test with ease. I paid 1500 new, and sold it for 800. You can disassemble it down to the base and it would fit. I’d test to make sure the arbor does not have any play, but I would check that for any saw. Other than that jump on it.

I only upgraded to get to 5hp and a sawstop. Otherwise it would still be running today in my shop.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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jonah

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#7 posted 09-18-2018 02:58 PM

You can absolutely fit it in a Pilot. I fit a Unisaw in a small hatchback. Twice.

You’ll need to remove the tables, of course, and you could remove the motor to make the base more manageable, but it’s quite easy.

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SharkeysEnd

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#8 posted 09-18-2018 03:15 PM

Thank you very much!

So…socket set, an adjustable wrench or two, a few screwdrivers and my cordless drill. Anything else I should bring for disassembly? Allen wrenches?

If I can get the cash out of an ATM, and if no one else beats me to it I’m going to try to pick it up today.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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mathguy1981

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#9 posted 09-18-2018 03:24 PM

Buy that saw! Yes, metric allen wrenches. Would recommend a trailer or a buddy with a pickup truck, even if you pay the seller today and come back for it over the weekend. You’re looking at 550 lbs! I have a 2014 Pilot and IMO you could easily mess up the folded seats.

-- Two thumbs and counting

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toolie

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#10 posted 09-18-2018 03:26 PM

If you plan on removing the cast-iron top, be observant of any shims that might be placed between the table top and the cabinet. These are very important when reassembling To ensure that the alignment of the table to the blade is correctly aligned so that both 90° and 45° rip currents are accurate.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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SharkeysEnd

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#11 posted 09-18-2018 03:28 PM



Buy that saw! Yes, metric allen wrenches. Would recommend a trailer or a buddy with a pickup truck, even if you pay the seller today and come back for it over the weekend. You re looking at 550 lbs! I have a 2014 Pilot and IMO you could easily mess up the folded seats.

- mathguy1981

I’m going there in an hour. Hopefully I can make two ATM withdrawals in a row. I should probably keep some cash in a safe at home for emergency CL purchases like this… lol

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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GR8HUNTER

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#12 posted 09-18-2018 03:43 PM

maybe give bank a call tell them you like to make a larger withdrawal ours its not a problem :<)) I still would try rent a trailer I would not like to dismantle it thing weighs a ton and a half :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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jonah

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#13 posted 09-18-2018 04:24 PM

Moving table saws on a trailer is way more of a pain IMO. I’d just take the thing apart. He’s going to want to clean, lubricate, and align everything anyway, so disassembly is pretty much a must.

You can basically move a cabinet saw by yourself if you take it apart enough and you’re relatively strong.

A socket set, combination wrenches, metric allen wrenches, and a couple screwdrivers will do it. Do pay attention to whether or not there are table shims, for exactly the reason mentioned above. That’s the only gotcha.

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SharkeysEnd

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#14 posted 09-18-2018 04:26 PM

Thanks for the reminder about the shims. I’d seen it before but might have forgotten. I brought a sharpie to mark them.

Wish me luck…

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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AZWoody

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#15 posted 09-18-2018 04:53 PM

That’s a great find. After you get that I doubt you will find you will want to upgrade to another saw unless you have your heart set on another brand. This should do pretty much everything you will want it to do.

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