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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 02-15-2012 10:24 PM 1400 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sawedoff

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02-15-2012 10:24 PM

I currently have a skilsaw brand ts that is anything but what I would consider well built and accurate. I have a grizzly bandsaw and like the product especially for the price and am looking at the grizzly line of table saws. I particularly like the size and dust controllability of the hybrid saw. The $900 delivered to my door is nice as well.

Id like to hear from the current owners of this saw and would like to hear the good and bad.

I have been been reading the reviews on here as well

Thanks

Tyson

-- still wet behind the ears.....


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northeaster

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 12:59 AM

I have had mine for just short of a year, so can offer a couple of comments on that basis. As a late middle age novice woodworker (this was my first table saw purchase), I have used it for about 20 cuts a week over a range of hardwoods and plywood. I’ve noticed a few things that are consistent with many of the reviews here. In a little more detail,

1) Fairly solid construction: the G0715P weighs in at close to 400lb, so in that sense is not hugely less robust than a full on cabinet saw and shares the obvious dust collection advantages. The table wings and surface appear flat to within 2-3/1000ths (as tested by good straightedge). The trunnions appear substantial enough for their contractor-like design and hold adjustment well for me over several months (tested by measuring miter slot to blade distance using an A-Line-It). More subjectively, I also think it’s a good looking piece of machinery once you remove several of the unnecessary stickers that decorate it new.

2) Good reproducibility of cuts: after taking the time to set up a ZCI and align the fence properly (again, alignment tool with a dial indicator), I find it fairly easy to reproducibly shave slats of about 1/8”-1/16” constant thickness from a jointed piece of wood. Maybe it’s more a tribute to my miter gauge (an Incra 1000HD), but the length of crosscuts is good to within a couple of thousandths over repeated cuts, too.

3) A few annoying alignment issues: as also noted by one of the most helpful reviewers, the blade raising/lowering wheel on mine rubbed on the cabinet before I shimmed the table top up a bit. (Rather than doing washers at the mounting bolts, I used some longer lengths of flat brass shim stock from Grainger; problem solved entirely.) I haven’t yet locknutted the fence adjustment screws, so I periodically check miter slot to fence parallelism, too.

4) The major annoyance was the variation in blade to miter slot parallelism that several people noted. Mine is in the 10 1000ths range from blade completely raised to blade 3/4” above the table. After about a month of back and forth with Grizzly customer service, I finally surrendered and am just living with it. (At the end of last summer, they just declared victory and went home for people with problems like mine. I think it’s probably different if you have a 60 thousandths problem, as some others have had.) Obviously, it hasn’t killed the reproducibility of the cuts for me and I don’t think it’s a crisis since most of my work is done on 1/2” to 1 1/2” stock anyway.

5) My saw sometimes bogs a bit on thicker hardwoods, but I attribute that mostly to the current 110V setup and not the parallelism problem. I am generally very happy with the Infinity 010-060 blade recommended by knotscott (thanks for the informed reviews!) and would wholeheartedly suggest a thinnish kerf if you are also running 110V.

6) Also rans: The ShopFox D2057 base I got is adequate and came with a couple of pre-broken pieces, but was RMA’d without incident. The miter gauge, as noted by other reviewers, clearly is not up to the quality of the rest of the saw.

Overall, to me the G0715 is a solid piece of equipment, but shows some of the rough edges you might well expect of a saw that costs one third of what a Powermatic/Unisaw/Sawstop does. Given a good dial indicator alignment tool, my experience is that it can reproducibly be tuned and maintained to a good standard. Having added a decent blade, ZCI, and aftermarket miter gauge, I anticipate being happy with it for the next few years.

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crashn

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 01:36 AM

I also have this saw. I love it. It came setup great out of the box, the miter slot to blade was out .002 over the entire length. The blade that came with it was ok, but a woodworker 2 solved that. The riving knife is actually a tad under .1, so a thin kerf blade can be used. After about 1 week of using it, it started to bog when cutting 2 inch stock, I thought what the heck. I then re-checked the belt tension, and noticed that it must have worn in, and needed re-adjusting. A quick fix and have not had that issue again. I was running on 110, but since getting a 60 amp sub panel in the shop have re-converted it back to 220. No real difference that I can tell, but saves amps for the dust collector and other tools. I also put a peachtree router table wing in for my incra lift and have loved that. Did require some re-drilling, but easy enough. Dust collection is ok, could use some internal baffles for better direction towards the port. I clean it out once a month or so, and it only collects in the corners. Fence is pretty good, does need re-adjusting every once in a while. locks great and does not move once locked down. Tilt stops were dead on, 90 and 45 when I used my digital angle gauge. I do have a slight blade alignment issue at full blade height, but only the last 1/16 or so of the travel, have not had to use it, so I dont raise the blade that high. For the price, the saw is great. No regrets.

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 02:37 AM

I’ve had mine just over a year. I just got through cleaning the underside stuff (gears,trunion glide thingys, etc) and decided to check all the alignments, squares, etc that I checked/set up when I got it. I was pleasantly suprised to see that nothing has changed. I have never tried the blade that came with it and I use nothing but Freud Diablo blades from HD and get along very well with them. I shouldn’t admit this but I don’t use the blade guard or the splitter but did for a while. The splitter limited my blade height when using my shop made ZCIs. Mine has always been 220 so can’t comment on using 110. All in all I have been very happy with it and would buy another. It will be a HUGE step up from your Skilsaw.

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

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MashMaster

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 02:55 AM

How do you check the belt tension? so far, I’ve been super happy with mine.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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northeaster

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 06:20 PM

Guys, good call (I think) about the 110V issue. I rechecked my saw’s belt tension, which was fine. But in doing so, I identified a nasty little squeak upon rotating the blade by hand. Disconnecting the drive belt and manually rotating the motor pulley reproduced the sound, so it seems one of the shaft bearings is experiencing a premature death. That could well explain my lack of power even though it doesn’t make much obvious sound under load. Grizz customer service is sending a new motor today under warranty without any hemming, hawing, or further expense.

Dave, the belt tension adjustment is on p 67 of the online manual.

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MashMaster

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#6 posted 02-23-2012 06:02 PM

Thanks, I’ll check the tension just to make sure I’m good.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#7 posted 02-24-2012 02:27 AM

Bought this saw last summer took about 3 hours to set up . Saw runs great I have it wired for 220. Have cut two inch thich walnut maple bubinga and paduk with this saw and the went threw the wood with no problem. Have it hooked up to a harbour freight 2 hp dust collector dust collection is fine .Upgraded the miter gauge to a incra gauge .For the price can’t go wrong .

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