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Forum topic by Florida_Jim posted 05-03-2012 05:14 PM 959 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-03-2012 05:14 PM

I’m going to retire my old green Jet contractors saw this summer.
I looked at the various “hybrids”, and cabinet saws. I think I’ll pay the little bit extra, and get a 3HP cabinet saw.
Being an old retired guy on a limited budget, Powermatic, Uni-saw, and Saw-stop are out of my price range. I thought about getting used. But I’d like to have a “riving knife”, and also not have to mess with refurbishing a used saw.
I’ve kinda decided on a Grizzly. Either a G 1023, or the G 0690.
I looked at the reviews for both saws. They’re both reviewed about equally I would appreciate some help deciding between the two.
I notice the 1032 is made in Taiwan, while the 0690 is made in China.
The 1023 is driven by a poly v serpentine belt, the 0690 has a triple v-belt drive.
I’m leaning towards the 1023, due to being made in Taiwan, and the Shop Fox fence.
I hope for help making my decision.

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#1 posted 05-03-2012 05:39 PM

Jim – I’m hearing great reports about both. If it were my decision, I’d probably lean toward the G1023RL for the updated belt system, improved dust collection, and the SF fence, but I’m sure I’d be happy with either.

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#2 posted 05-03-2012 08:03 PM

I have a 2009 version of the 1023. Love it. I put my INCRA TSIII fence on it, use my INCRA miter gauge and Forrest blades and could not be happier. Plenty of power, passed the nickle test even after I hung a Woodpeckers router table and lift off the left side. Best value for the money in a stationary piece of woodwrking equip. in a long time. I had to modify my sleds since the spread on the miter slots was different, but I needed to adjust-update those anyway.Great saw. Go for it

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