Tablesaw buying advice (used Grizzly G1023z)

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Forum topic by woodworkinggal posted 01-21-2013 11:08 AM 2362 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2013 11:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw jointer

Good Morning,

I am returning to woodworking after a 5 year break. I think it is time for me to replace my craftsman contractor style saw, and joiner that were probably made in the 60’s.
The saw arbor is worn and I probably should replace the bearing too.
My joiner is just plain ancient too.
So in perusing CL I have found a grizzly 1023Z saw and a powermatic joiner. I am going to see them next week. I already now I would have to replace the safety guard on the saw($35 from Grizzly). I am looking for advice on what to look for and check.
The seller is asking $500 for the saw. The joiner I do not know how much he wants for that yet?
Or should I soldier on with my Craftsman stuff until I can afford new?

thanks in advance for any comments.

(not your average girl!)

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 04:00 PM

Used will save you money you just have to make sure you know what you are getting.

Things I would check:
1. play in bearings
2. flatness of surfaces (table top but also along the length of the fence)
3. look for any frozen screws or stripped screws
4. look for wobble in the arbor
5. check how they sound when running, problems starting, light dimming when starting (too much current draw) etc
6. both tables on the jointer are parallel
7. jointer knife holder parallel to outfeed table (back table)
8. both miter slots on saw are parallel

This list is not comprehensive; hopefully it will get you thinking in the correct direction.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 07:53 PM

It’s hard to believe the saw arbor is worn. That would take some serious neglect or an incredible amount of use.

Buying used stuff off CL is probably a bit risky, especially with a jointer. As an example, if the (in feed,out feed) tables are out of parallel, the thing could well be a piece of junk.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 08:17 PM

$500 is a good price for that saw. If it’s more than a few years old, it won’t have a riving knife, which all the newer saws have. I have an old Unisaw, and I’ve been trying to make a true riving knife for it. It’s a real challenge, and I’m not there yet. There is the B.O.R.K. (bolt on riving knife—see their website), but it doesn’t appear to stay level with the top of the blade when changing depth of cut, as far as I can tell. That’s the issue I’m trying to resolve.

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