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09-03-2012 08:37 AM

I’ve been scouring craigslist looking for a cabinet table saw for cheap. I think I found the deal of the century but since I’ve never owned a table saw (though plenty of drooling over them) I’m not sure.

He’s offering a Grizzly model G1023. 2 HP, 220 volt, 12 amp. Fence, Blade and blade zero clearance inserts included. For $150.

He says the blade arbor “needs some work.” Is this a good buy and should I be concerned about the blade arbor problem. I looked at the grizzly site and their manual’s seem really in depth and I’m confident I could figure it out. Just don’t want to buy a total money pit, I want to get to cutting!

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#1 posted 09-03-2012 11:26 AM

If you’re comfortable replacing the arbor and bearings, and if the includes a good fence, and if the motor runs, it could be a good buy for you. If there are more serious issues, the wings, fence, and hand wheels should be worth $150. How’s the overall condition?

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

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#2 posted 09-03-2012 02:25 PM

i got my 1972 unisaw for FREE! $550+ later i have a great table saw. they can become money pits fast, if motors or arbors need to be replaced. fence upgrades can add to the cost also (if you think it’s a good saw and you’d like a fence upgrade, tools-plus has the delta t-2 on sale for $142). check out the FAQ on this site:

it’s a good primmer on what to look for when investigating a cabinet saw. good luck.

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

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#3 posted 09-03-2012 02:42 PM

It’s hard to imagine it not being worth $150. Also hard to imagine what he means “the arbor needs some work”. Certainly worth a look, and Grizzly is very good at having parts for their stuff.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#4 posted 09-03-2012 04:13 PM

Here’s the ad, from the picture it looks like it’s in good condition but I’m still waiting on a response so I can go check it out. I’m pretty hopeful, all the reviews for this model say it’s a great saw. Thanks for all the responses :)

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#5 posted 09-03-2012 05:05 PM

Check to see what a new arbor would cost for that saw from Grizzly. If the arbor needs some work, sounds like he might of had a blade come loose and tore up the threads or something of that nature. If so, about the only repair will be to replace with a new one. Sounds like that may be the reason he wants to get rid of the saw; he doesn’t want to put the money into fixing it. Just make sure you check that out closely when you get to look at it. If a new arbor isn’t that much, then that would be a good price for the saw.

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#6 posted 09-03-2012 05:13 PM

Check it out. It may just need the flange ground which
you can do yourself. If the arbor is bent or threads wrecked
replacement is probably the way to go. Taking it apart
and installing the new arbor is probably an all day project
for somebody who has never done it and that’s probably
part of why the guy doesn’t want to mess with it.

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#7 posted 09-03-2012 05:16 PM

This saw would have already been in my shop!!

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#8 posted 09-03-2012 10:58 PM

I agree with Alexdom-89. The saw would already be in my shop also. At that price you can afford to spend some more money on it and still have a great deal. Check out how much you can buy a table saw new then you will find out you can spend some money and still come out okay.
My opinion

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#9 posted 09-03-2012 11:11 PM

It’s got a Shop Fox Classic fence….the fence alone is worth close to the asking price.

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

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#10 posted 09-03-2012 11:29 PM

Ditto other comments, that saw would be in my shop and worry about the arbor. that’s a heck of a saw for that price!

-- Doug Rowan, am I working the wood or is the wood working me!

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#11 posted 09-03-2012 11:36 PM

Not sure how old that particular saw is or what the arbor replacement would entail, but I can weigh in about that model of saw in general. I just sold my 1023SL a few months ago when I had the opportunity to upgrade. I had the saw for almost 4 years and absolutely loved it. In fact, I put off the “upgrade” for quite a while simply because I couldn’t really see a reason to part with the Grizzly. It was my first cabinet saw as well and served me very well. Again though, mine was only 4 years old. Ive always had good conversations with other 1023 owners in the past; it’s got a good reputation. And the shop fox classic fence is a good one, not a cheap knock off by any means.

Bottom line: I think you’ll be very happy with the machine if the arbor issue can be resolved easily/cheaply enough… Just my 2 cents. Good luck!

-- "If you can't do something smart, do something right." -- Sheppard Book

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#12 posted 09-04-2012 10:31 PM

Greenville Tenn craigslist there is a guy that sells good woodworking equip heavyduty stuff look him up

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#13 posted 09-05-2012 03:25 AM

ARGH HE SOLD IT :(. Oh well the search continues

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#14 posted 09-05-2012 09:00 AM

Bummer….we’ve all been there. Your day will come!

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

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#15 posted 09-05-2012 01:47 PM

I hate when that happens!

On the plus side, at least you now have a better picture of what kinds of things to look for in used TSs and that alone will help you when you need to make a quick decision to buy or not buy. Good luck.

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

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