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03-09-2012 01:37 AM

I have been researching all different brands table saws,It might just be me,but doesn’t Shop Fox and Grizzly look a lot alike?Are they made in the same place?

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#1 posted 03-09-2012 01:42 AM

Shop Fox and Grizzly are sister companies. Their equipment is often not identical, but pretty close. No doubt the things are made in the same factories.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#2 posted 03-09-2012 01:52 AM

Yes .they are . However BEWARE OF THE BEAR. Grizzly tools are affordable alternatives. I would stay away if possible. When investing in a tool you should consider resale. Grizzly does not warrantee anyone but the original owner EVEN if it is a manufactures defect. This will affect your resale considerably. So choose wisely.

IMO Saw stop is the way to go if you can swing it. Great saw build like tank, safer, and great resale.

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#3 posted 03-09-2012 02:09 AM

I would go with a grizzly there durable and at the price you cant beat it.

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#4 posted 03-09-2012 02:13 AM

I have the Grizzly G0715P hybrid and love it. Good deal for the money. Would like the sawstop cabinet, but at 4 times the price, ehhh

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

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#5 posted 03-09-2012 02:22 AM

Trapshter, while you have a point, also keep in mind the WWer on a budget: you can get a G1023RL for less than half the price of a comparable Delta/Powermatic/SawStop and, depending on your local market, not a heck of a lot more than a well-cared-for used Unisaw. You start to hit diminishing returns pretty quickly.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 03-09-2012 02:56 AM

I own 5 powermatic 66 tablesaws, some dating back 25 years, and one grizzly slider from about 4 years ago. This grizzly is the worst piece of equipment I have ever purchased. The quality of your saw affects the quality of your product. If you are in business, there is no savings from buying a cheaper inferior product

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#7 posted 03-09-2012 03:10 AM

I got a 3 HP General International cabinet saw through amazon for $1200. It was shipped from Taiwan to my front door FREE! I have been very pleased over the 18 months of use.

-- Paul, Clinton, NC

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#8 posted 03-09-2012 03:19 AM

Yep, General is a good saw. I bought General Canadian built thru CL for $1200. Watch CL for a week or so, normally something will show up.

-- - Martin

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#9 posted 03-09-2012 05:03 AM

Depends on your budget and what kind of use your going to give it. A production shop will wear out a grizzly much fast than say a Powermatic or Saw stop. I have a lot of Grizzle tools and they have done a good job for me but my table saw is a Powermatic 66.

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#10 posted 03-09-2012 11:59 AM

Which models are you looking at? (budget, type, etc would be useful too) You’ll get more specific advice on individuals models…otherwise, the info is just generalizations.

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#11 posted 03-09-2012 12:07 PM

I too am looking for a table saw. In my case, I’ve narrowed to either hybrid or contractor style since I’d prefer to not make it an electrical project (220 vs 110) as well. The more reviews I read, the less I’m sure about anything. I thought I had narrowed it down to eithe the newest Jet Proshop hybrid with riving knife (just released this week) and now am actually looking at a Powermatic contractor saw, I believe this may also be new with the riving knife. It is an aweful lot to wrap your head around all of the details and for every opinion, there are several contrary opinions. Good luck. And if you are looking in the same style as me, let the forum know and I too will be carefully watching the comments.

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#12 posted 03-09-2012 12:32 PM

Jlt if you are that close between jet and powermatic . Not to worry they are made by the same co. Pick the color you like best Jm

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#13 posted 03-09-2012 01:28 PM

Did you say that jet proshop now comes with a riving knife?

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#14 posted 03-09-2012 01:46 PM

a1Jim may have a good point about industrial settings wearing out Grizzlies faster than us hobby WW’rs. I do not know. However, I would think that us hobby WW’rs don’t buy and use any/all of the high-end Grizzly stuff either (like $15-25,000 lathes and the like). I could be wrong, but that level is way beyond what I do and will remain so as far as I can tell. I am under the impression that Grizzly DOES make some really good machines, but those machines are NOT at the bottom entry-level price tag of many/most of us hobby WW’rs. Just my 2-cents…

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

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#15 posted 03-09-2012 03:07 PM

Ya ain’t gettin’ my Grizz tools.


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