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Forum topic by Tim08 posted 07-09-2012 08:56 PM 5828 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-09-2012 08:56 PM

I am looking for advice and practical knowledge on Grizzly table saws. I see a few reviews listed for grizzly saws, but all are 3-4 years old, alot can change in that amount of time.
Customer service seems to be a high point, but is this going to be a 20 year saw for me.
I am using a 22+ year old Delta contractor saw with a 1hp motor, so a dull butter knife works about as good.
Delta’s new 3hp unisaw with the table extension is $3000+, Jet is $3400+.
so i’m a little Skeptical spending $1300.00
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

-- Measure six times before cutting

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#1 posted 07-09-2012 09:40 PM

$1300 sounds high for a contractor saw. In that price range, I would be looking at used Powermatics, Unisaws and Generals. At least here in California, I see some mighty nice cabinet saws between $500-1500 depending. If you are lucky, they come with extension tables set up for routers too. Having the solid tops, cabinet and robust trunions really makes a world of difference coming from a contractor saw/hybrid. 3hp running at 220v is a must have for sure.

I only have an older Grizzly 6” jointer but it works flawlessly other than needing a blade change. It was built like a tank. I like to think table saws are just as robust. If the motor runs and the table/blade is square, there isnt much else to consider. It’s true that they just dont build them like they used to.

-- JC Garcia, Concord, CA : "It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission..."

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#2 posted 07-09-2012 09:56 PM

First the G0690 is a cabinet saw not a contractor or hybrid.

Second the Grizzly lineup of cabinet saws are really best buys and punch above their price class. That said their are some saws with significant value added features. BTW a Jet should not be priced at 3400, that is upper end PM2000 range. I saw enough value added in the Powermatic PM2000 to buy it over a Grizzly, the Sawstop ICS and Delta Uni are the only other cabinet saws I seriously considered. What it somes down to is if the extra cost of the other saws is worth it to you, the Grizzly is a solid machine that will give 20 years of service especially in a hobby shop.

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#3 posted 07-09-2012 10:18 PM

The Grizzly G0690 and G0691 are the same saw as the Laguna Platinum. I’ve heard nothing negative about the either saw. Similar quality as a Jet AFAIK…the lower price of the Grizzly is largely due to lack of dealer markup and shorter warranty, but you also forego the dealer support. Griz’s customer service gets mainly praise. If you’re willing to be your own middle man, the savings opportunities are legit. The Grizzly G1023RL/G1023RLX are also well regarded.

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

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#4 posted 07-09-2012 10:27 PM

sorry…double post.

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#5 posted 07-10-2012 12:13 AM

Tim, people that have tthe G0690 and G0691 seem really pleased with those model saws from Grizzly and either one should make for a great hobbyists’ saw.

As knotscott pointed out the 1023 series in various configs would be a good choice as well.

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#6 posted 07-10-2012 12:34 AM

IIRC, the only knocks against the Griz G0691 in Fine Woodworking’s comparison was the pointer on the front, lack of a thin kerf riving knife, and the dust collection wasn’t in the same league as a Powermatic or Sawstop. Otherwise, it got best buy from them on a budget. Of course, the PM2000 and PCS got top honors, but who didn’t see that coming?

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#7 posted 07-10-2012 10:09 PM

Thanks for the advise. a couple of mentioned the grizzly saws being a good hobbyist saw. from what standpoint is this a hobbyist saw, from the quality or the function. I’m far from running a production shop, but don’t really consider a 3hp cabinet saw being for hobbyists.

-- Measure six times before cutting

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#8 posted 07-11-2012 12:45 AM

Hi Tim08,
I have a 690 and have been extremely pleased with it—solid, stable, smooth, reliable, a tremendous amount of saw for the money. It’s the center of my workshop. I’m not a professional, just a weekender, and definitely don’t know the demands of a professional; but I can easily imagine the 690 handling a high level of production and not flinching. It’s a serious saw. I’ve not noticed a problem with thick/thin kerf, as is suggested by the Fine Woodworking article. I’ve never had jams or kickback. There may be better fences, esp for ease of micro-adjustments, but I’ve never been hindered by mine. I don’t live too far from you, and you’re welcome to give mine a try. Just contact me off-list. And good luck.

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#9 posted 07-11-2012 12:00 PM

Tim08, from my point of view I always figured that contractor saws were kind of made for the jobsite work or weekend hobbyists, and that the 3hp to 5hp cabinet saws were made for industrial work.

Not sure but I would guess that 3hp saws are used for smaller commercial applicatons and great for hobbyists like a lot of us here, and that 5hp and up are in the larger shift work plants that might run 24/7. Someone more in the know could chime in on that opinion.

Once I went from weekend DIY to making this a more serious hobby that I wanted to commit to, I decided to upgrade to a more serious machine that would last me a long time.

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#10 posted 07-11-2012 06:16 PM

buy the jet and waste ~$2000. products of the wmh tool group (jet and powermatic) are not the tools they were 25 years a go. and neither is the parent company. grizzly provides great bang for the buck. were i to get rid o my 2 emerosn built 10” contractor saws and my ‘72 unisaw, i’d look at a left tilt grizzly first. but stay away from the jet/powermatic coolaid. those saws are long on promise, short on delivery and costly, making them poor values, IMHO.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#11 posted 07-11-2012 07:33 PM

Hi Tim!

I just purchased a G0691 about two months ago. I was in the same quandry as you, looking at the Unisaw or a Powermatic. I too was using a 20+ year old Delta contractor saw (34-670) and wanted to make sure I spent my money wisely and got a quality machine.

In the end, I couldn’t justify spending 3k on a saw that doesn’t see constant daily use. I have been very pleased with the G0691! It is very well built and extremely accurate. The dust collection is not the greatest but it spews a lot less dust than my old saw did. I was also concerned about going back to a regular kerf blade from thin kerf but couldn’t care less now. This thing has sliced through everything I’ve fed it so far (5/4 Hard Maple, 8/4 Mahogony) without a hint of bogging down.

Only you can decide if you want to spend up for the others… I can only tell you that I am pleased with my G0691. Is it a Unisaw, Powermatic, or Jet, no… But it is a very nice saw. I have no doubt, since it is essentially a copy of the old tried and true Unisaw design, that it will last a very long time.

Good luck in your quest. :-)

-- Paul Lyons

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#12 posted 07-11-2012 08:18 PM

I have the 691. Bought it 3 years ago, It gets a lot of use . It’s a great saw in my opinion. No complaints. I expect it will be the last table saw I will ever own.

-- Ken

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#13 posted 07-13-2012 12:58 AM

Recently I upgraded to the Grizzly 5hp G1023rlwx (I also have a friend with the G0691) and I have to say that I am very happy with the G1023rlwx. I chose to go with a saw with 26” cutting capacity because of limited shop space. The cost to add 7’ rails, legs and cast iron extensions is about $300 (for buying the smaller capacity version fron the start) and I can remount the cast iron router table extension out at the end. There are some differences in the fence, between the Grizzly fence on the G0690 and the Shop Fox on the G1023, the Shop Fox is heavier, but the Grizzly has more adjustments, my friend’s fence has plastic adjustment screws which I thought might wear out from frequent saw use. I personally would have shimmed my saw fence if there were problems with it, but it was nice and square. Switching between the riving knife and the kickback guard is easier on the G0609. It is difficult to remove the kickback guard from the top on the G1023, I think I will probably find a coat-hanger to address that issue. One of my favorite things about the G1023 is the paddle switch stop, it’s much easier to find than the button switch on the G0690.
I don’t have any issues with dust collection with my G1023, it’s hooked up to a 240v 2hp collector.

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#14 posted 07-20-2012 02:06 AM

I own the G0691 3hp left tilt arbor saw and it is worth the money. $ 1,300 dollars does seem like a lot until you look at the fact that, you can easily make that from a small cabinet job. I really wanted the new Unisaw! but not having the capital available at the time went with the grizzly. I did have a couple of problems most of them I could correct. But, the saw does have an issue with excessive run out. Apart from that it is a great value for the money. As far as cost, I bought a 10” right tilt 3hp unisaw 27 years ago and I paid over $ 1,550 for it and that was a deal. $ 1,500 dollars was a whole lot more 27 years ago than it is now. The G0691 feature to feature is a better saw than what I purchased 27 years ago.

-- James, Michigan

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