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Forum topic by doncutlip posted 10-02-2011 03:37 PM 3044 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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doncutlip

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10-02-2011 03:37 PM

Finally got a table saw. It came UPS with liftgate, and I was glad the driver had a pallet jack so we could just push the thing in my garage. I think the shipping compaines will tell you they can only drop curbside because they don’t know what they’re getting into until they get to your house. The main unit is under a simple cardboard box strapped to a skid.

The third image is what you have to move; I had to put mine in a basemenet going down some not-so-impressive looking set of stairs.

I have a friend who is a professional material handler; he and his son used a hand truck and a movers dolley for the move. First they took it off the skid and put it on the hand truck. They said the hardest part was the two steps up from the garage into the house. I was worried about the steps holding the weight, but we did a test with several people on them and it was clear that 600 pounds was not a problem; I figured the main unit was about 375 as we moved it. One smart move they pulled was to put a dolley at the bottom of the steps and then just “land” the unit on that dolley from the last step. We just wheeled it to the spot I wanted it.

After a bit of cleaning and inspection, I started putting it together. I managed the extension tables by myself, I have an adjustable height third hand table that got me close. Then I just put in one screw on one side and then tilted the extension table up and did the other. I got the bolts fairly tight and then bumped the tables even with a rubber mallet. Came out as close to perfect as I am ever going to get it. The manual shows a trick using masking tape if there is tilt in the extension table, but luckily for me I didn’t have to do that.

The front rail was a bit of a pain. The manual says to make sure it’s 3/16 below the bevel, I just couldn’t get it higher than 4/16, and I just set it to that. In the end, I think it’s fine – I got the fence on and sliding well, although I did have to ajust it square to the table. The third extension table (black) was also no problem, just get the bolts snug and then align and parallel before tightening. I had already sprung for a Pinnacle straightedge and now I’m glad I did; it’s heavy and stable and will stay in place even when you’re bumping the table you want to align.

I took my time with assembly and didn’t keep track of time, but I think it took about 3 hours over a couple of days. The manual says it doesn’t have a plug but mine did, a nice molded piece. It’s NEMA-6 conforming to the current requirements; I have a dedicate 220 V 20A circuit right next to the saw.

I did some test cuts, but as this is my first experience with table saws ever I don’t know what to expect. The cross cut through pine was like butter. I then ripped a 2×4 and did feel some resistance but by all means it got the job done. Grizzly claims 3 hp but at 12.9 Amps, well, they might be exaggerating? I’ve heard as a general rule that 3 hp is 15 A, but in any case I think this will be plenty of saw for what I do.

I waited years to get this saw, fretting over the stairs, and then safety. I can saw now if you are thinking about getting one, just do it and you will have no regrets.

-- Don, Royersford, PA


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wiswood2

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 04:59 PM

Great buy ,You will never be sorry.for getting that saw, happy cutting.
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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knotscott

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 05:06 PM

Congrats on the new saw! What blade did you put on it?

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 05:37 PM

Congrats on the saw, I am with knotscott make sure to get a premium blade on it. The one that came with it, if one came with it, can be your spare. Good luck

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doncutlip

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#4 posted 10-02-2011 05:57 PM

Grizzly supplies a blade, so for now I just use that one. i was thinking about a WWII blade, but does Freud make one that competes?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 06:13 PM

Freud does make quality blades. I use the WWII blades, but on a contractor saw. I would imagine a WWI or any other of the top end freud full kerf blades would yield great results on a cabinet saw. I prefer Forrest blades for the longevity of their sharpness. However, I would imagine most higher end blades will yield good/consistant cuts, some with less cost than others. I have seen knotscott recommend some blades on other posts that sound like a lot of bang for the buck.

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 06:13 PM

Don,
Well done and welcome to the G0690 Club!

FYI, don’t forget (like I originally did) to clean the waxy/greasy oil off the height & angle adjustment gears and such. I ended up using WD40 and paper rags to wipe everything clean.

Adjustments are SOooo much easier after that ;-).

You are going to love this TS for many many years. You might even consider adding the cast iron T10223 Router Extension to the G0690. I love the extra space as well as the convenience. Mine

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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knotscott

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#7 posted 10-02-2011 07:35 PM

The Freud Fusion will actually cut cleaner than the Forrest 40T WWII…especially in ply and fine crosscuts, but will be a little less efficient in thicker ripping and will be a bit more prone to burning due to the double side grind. The WWII 48T was introduced a year or so ago, and is more comparable to blades like the Fusion and Infinity Super General (my top pick of the 40T general purp blades). The Infinity Combomax 010-050 for ~ $70 is another excellent choice.

On the bargain side, there’s the US made Delta 35-7657 from Cripe Distributing for $18 plus s/h, the German made Onsrud 42T ATB for as little as $15 shipped, and the Oshlun 40T from Holbren for ~ $25 shipped.

If you cut a lot of thicker materials, or just want a really clean cutting ripper, you might consider the 30T WWII ...nearly as clean as the 40T WWII, but noticeably more efficient in thicker ripping up to 3”. It even crosscuts respectably well in all but the finest cuts.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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doncutlip

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#8 posted 10-02-2011 09:12 PM

Thanks Mike, I did forget to do clean those gears.

The scale didn’t come attached, it’s a peel and stick. How do you decide where to stick it? OK, that didn’t sound right…um, where do you place it such that you can use it for cuts?

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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lilredweldingrod

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#9 posted 10-02-2011 10:33 PM

Don I have the same Grizzly. I just slide the fence up next to the blade and set the 0 under the cursor mark and stuck the rest down. If you are a little off, just loosen the cursor and fine tune it over the 0.

I know you will enjoy your saw as Mike and I do. Happy sawing. Rand

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lilredweldingrod

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#10 posted 10-02-2011 10:36 PM

Mike, As soon as I get Momma’s fridge paid off, I am going to get the cast iron router table too. Does the router table come with the support legs?

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Howie

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#11 posted 10-03-2011 02:32 AM

Sweet looking machine. Enjoy

-- Life is good.

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 10-03-2011 04:20 AM

LilRed,
The router extension comes with ONE leg only. I thought it should have two and ordered/back-ordered a second leg. After waiting six months on that back order, I had discovered that the second leg really is NOT needed, even when sitting on the ShopFox mobile base. So I cancelled the order and left it with the single leg and that actually makes it easier to level with the attached posts.

BTW, do notice that I used the original right wing as well as the router extension (an option that requires you to drill matching holes on the outside of the stock wing). Be prepared to step up through your drill bit index and use a punch to set the first holes properly. FWIW, well worth the effort.

Mobile base:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heavy-Duty-Mobile-Base/G7314Z
and the extension:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Extension-Kit-For-G7314Z/G8684Z

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 10-03-2011 04:26 AM

Rand’s advice on where to stick the measuring tape is right BUT make sure it is not under those 2 nylon bushings on the underside of the near end of the fence or they will destroy your tape in short order. Don’t ask how I know this! The good news was the tape was warranted. The bad news was it was backordered for 2 months. You will really enjoy your new saw. Replace the blade with a better one. I like Diablos but others bad mouth them.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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lilredweldingrod

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#14 posted 10-03-2011 07:50 AM

Andy, the good news is I ordered the Starrett tape and put it on my saw. Don’t ask why.lol

Mike, I noticed the right wing was still there. I figured you drilled the edge. You have the exact set up I have been thinking about. That will give me three router tables. he he One for raised panels, one for stiles and rails and the other for making the edges real pretty.

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EandS

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#15 posted 10-04-2011 03:17 PM

Beautiful machine. I love the Grizz

-- ~ eandscarpentryandwoodworking.com ~

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