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12-11-2012 09:21 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw tablesaw

Hello LJs, I’m a new member who has been lurking around for a few months. I really dig the site. The advice and general knowledge around these parts is amazing. Your help has guided me through more projects than I can count.

I have a question. I know the topic of table saws has been discussed here ad nauseum. I apologize for contributing to the disease. I have the green light to purchase $1500.00 worth of tools. I need a new table saw. Currently I’m, using an old contractor saw from the early 80’s. I work mostly with hardwood, making furniture, custom shelves, cutting boards, and a whatever else comes up around the house.

My question is this. should i get a 3hp saw, and call it a day (I’m looking only at grizzly 1023 or 0690, it’s really all i can afford). Or, should I get the G0715 and a G0555lx?

I wan’t both machines ( a table saw and band saw), however the budget will not allow for the purchase of two high end machines. I have a 240v outlet in the garage and four dedicated 120v outlets.


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#1 posted 12-11-2012 10:31 AM

I own the Grizzly G0691 and couldn’t be happier. At 72 I’m sure it’ll last me my lifetime. I have a early 1980’s vintage band saw so want to upgrade in the future to a Grizzly machine. I have found their customer and Tech Support branches “just super”! Call and ask, maybe they will make you a package deal for both?

just a tip depending on your shipping location you definitely to add lift gate delivery costs if you don’t have a loading dock. INHO. The GO690 will be on a pallet at about 500 lbs.

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 10:31 AM

Depends on which tools is the center of your shop. Most feature the TS, in which case I’d advise to get the best TS you can afford, and use a jig saw for circles until you can save up for a BS. There’s a significant difference in the underpinnings of the G0690 and G1023RL compared to the G0715P.

If your shop features the BS, the G0555lx might be a bit limiting.

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 01:55 PM

get a good heavy Tsaw 690 is great 1023 is great I would buy one pc at a time and go heavy and they will last many years I have a 1023 had it for 4 years never done nothin to it but cleaned oiled and waxed it and of course use it get a 16 or 18 band saw you will appreciate it when you do resawing they dont balk a bit I just sawed some 10inch quarter sawn white oak on my Rikon and it just mauled it rite up I have the 10-345

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

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 03:12 PM

alternate POV, here. just playing devil’s advocate, i’m more in favor of maximizing the utility of each WW dollar by getting the greatest functional utility in all purchase decisions. there’s a tendency in WW to always go for the “battlestar gallactica” solution in all equipment choices. i had a ‘72 “old arn” unisaw that i refurbished and sold because it didn’t provide any incremental functionality for my WW over the two 10” CI emerson electric built contractor saws i have. so i’m more in the get two tools for the price of one camp than the buy the best you can afford camp.

BTW, is there some reason you apparently are not considering CL? patience and knowing what to look for in preowned tools can provide a lot of value and functionality at significantly lower cost relative to new.

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 03:26 PM

Thanks everyone. You sure aren’t giving me much choice. I’ve been mulling ove this purchase for quite some time. What I really want to hear is that the G0715 will do anything and verything I need it to. For the money it’s a great deal. I can live without a bandsaw, don’t have one now. I can’t live without a tablesaw.

I have about three hundred bf of 10/4, and 5/4 claro walnut I just had milled into rough planks. Next comes jointing, planning, and finally ripping to sise for glue ups. My current table saw can’t do it. It boggs down and shuts off. If i’m careful i can do the 5/4, with slightly burned edges. I was really hoping the 2hp of the hybrid could do it, but I’ve read about instances of it bogging down on 8/4 hard maple.

I guess the price is too good to be true.

Alright, time to decide between the 1023 and the 0690. Any advice there?

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 03:30 PM

I was in your exact position about 4 years back. I went with the Grizzly 1023 and I certainly do not regret it! I think I would have regretting getting a lesser saw.

I still do not have a bandsaw, but it is my next purchase. Well that or either a pockethole machine but that’s like $400-$500 compared to $1200. But I REALLY want a pockethole machine!

I most definately agree that if you are wanting to get serious with your woodworking ten get the best tools you can afford. I will never regret getting my Grizzly 1023 or my Festool TS55 skill saw. They both are my biggest purchases and also are my most useful tools. Well, the Kreg Jig is great too, but the Kreg Pocket Hole Machine is what I really want, and need I think.

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 03:38 PM


Thanks for the different oponion. Thats is where I started this process. Buy two tools and increase shop versatility. My next table saw purchase needs to last for at least ten years.

Most of the tools I have now have been CL puchases. I’m usually extremely patient. However the tablesaw is the centerpiece of my shop and I want some of the newe safety features. The riving knive is a must, and I like the guard on the new Grizzly table saws. Unisaws around my parts (SF Bay Area) run the gamut from great condition (1000-2000) to projects (400-1000). I don’t want to spend too much time refurbishing an old saw. I save that for hand planes. There have been a few old style 1023 types, but the prices don’t scream bargain.

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#8 posted 12-11-2012 04:42 PM

I have about three hundred bf of 10/4, and 5/4 claro walnut I just had milled into rough planks. Next comes jointing, planning, and finally ripping to sise for glue ups.

Running 10/4 hardwood screams for a 3hp cabinet saw, a hybrid might do it OK with a sharp blade, but you would be straining it to the utmost. I don’t think you would go wrong with either the 1023 or the 690.

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 04:46 PM

I know you want to hear that the hybrids are enough, but you won’t hear that from me. :)

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 04:56 PM

Fore sure the 1023 and 690 are great saws. I have the G0715P and really like mine. The versatility for 110v or 220v was a big selling point for me. I ran it on 110v while I upgraded the shop to 220v. Now run on 220. I also liked the riving knife feature. It has a few quirks, but at my skill level, amount of use it gets and price, it was the right saw for me.

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#11 posted 12-11-2012 05:32 PM

IMO, and only MY opinion, never buy the bottom line model of anything. All companies make a “price leader” in order to get customers in the door. Those “price leader” items/products are usually the poorest quality that that company offers. Please note that I am NOT saying all companies poorest quality models are of the same equal low quality, only that said company has higher quality products in their lineup.

When buying new, I always like to choose one or two models HIGHER on the food chain because I feel that there is LESS CHANCE of getting a lemon. In other words, buying the bottom product of ANY company’s product line results in a much higher CHANCE of getting a lemon. Nothing is assured, and it is possible that that bottom or the barrel purchase could be good/great, however the odds are against it. That is my opinion.

FWIW, I own a G0690 TS and love it to death. And fortunately I also have a 14in Rikon BS, but I do empathize with your situation. By higher on the food chain…

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

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#12 posted 12-11-2012 05:41 PM

There are band saws that are on sale. You just have to do little research on internet.

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#13 posted 12-11-2012 08:28 PM

Hey Mike,

What blades are you using with your G0690? I’m a very close to hitting the buy button.

I took a trip over to my local woodworking stores. It was fun to play around with the Powermatic and the SawStop machines, but they way out of my budget. The grizz is the only cabinet saw I can realistically afford.

Just need to reassure myself that this budget busting purchase is the right one.

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#14 posted 12-11-2012 09:38 PM

I just pulled the trigger on the G0690. Wish me Luck!!!

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#15 posted 12-11-2012 09:54 PM

May it serve you well for a long time!

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