Grizzley vs MP2000 or Unisaw

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Forum topic by agallant posted 12-16-2011 10:21 PM 1526 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2011 10:21 PM

Grizzley seams to offer saws that on paper are on par with the unisaw or PM2000. Anyone ever get to use a grizzley and a unisaw or a PM2000? Where is Grizzley cutting corners to come in $1,500 less than the others?

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 10:26 PM

I can’t answer the engineering questions about Grizz, but I have never been unhappy with their power tools, service, parts, etc. I have always bought items based on the old “price/value” relationship principle.
Dang! I should have been paid for that (but I wasn’t).


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#2 posted 12-16-2011 10:34 PM

I think that’s an excellent question.

While I don’t feel qualified to answer it, I might suggest you take a look at this 5-year old test of ten cabinet saws. As they go through each saw, you get an idea of what they’re looking for IN a saw, and how each saw stacks up, in that area.


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#3 posted 12-16-2011 10:59 PM

I have just recently been able to test several different quality 10” cabinet tablesaws and I ended up going with the Grizzly G0690. I am absolutely positive I made the right decision based on Price vs. Value vs. Space vs. Customer service.

The Grizzly G0690 is a 3HP motor with cast iron Trunnions and as solid cabinet as they come, the same features as the Delta and PM. It raises and lowers and tilts blades almost effortlessly and locks into place when needed. Out of the box there was minimal calibration and assembly time was just over 2 hours from delivery to cutting. The fence is exactly the same as a BEISMEYER fence (as far as I could tell) just copied…I went with the small rip capacity due to my smaller shop size and need to manuever it around when not in use. That being said I would not opt for the shopfox mobile base or even any other base if you don’t have to. I needed a base so I went with the Delta 50-273 which fits the saw base cabinet like a glove. The base was 20”x20” and the inside of the mobile base is 20 5/8” x 20 5/8” which fit perfectly and it is solid as if it weren’t even on it when it is in the locked position.

Comparing the saw to other cabinet saws, I really think it does compare. Grizzly has stepped up to the plate to put out a competitive product that will rival saws such as the Unisaw and the PM2000. Ofcourse in this business you get what you pay for. The Unisaw and PM2000 are both $3000 and up. the Grizzly G0690 after tax and freight was just under $1500. They have saws that are upwards of $2500 +. The price is lower than those other saws from Delta and Powermatic because they are “factory Direct” and do not have vendors. Their products are not sold in any store but their factory storefronts in three locations in the U.S. only. Also, Grizzly is built overseas but under a ISO 9001 factory and a strict watch by their engineers. Delta is made in the USA, and PM and JET, I am unsure about where they are built. General is built in Canada.

AS far as cutting corners, there were not any with the G0690/G0691 (same saw with extended table). I spent over a year pricing and testing different cabinet saws and in the end I felt that there wasn’t too much of a difference between the 3hp single phase models other than the price. I think you have to ask yourself if you are willing to spend the extra $1500 for the Delta or Powermatic.

Personally I felt that the Grizzly would get the job done just as well as the Delta or PM. And the Money I saved with the Grizzly would go to buying a nice 15”planer and upgrade my dust Collection.

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