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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 01-21-2013 10:51 PM 2868 views 1 time favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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01-21-2013 10:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw router

I took delivery of this saw the day after Christmas. I thought I would post some pics of my set up. Lots of folks ask questions about new saws so I hope my pics and post will help in any way possible.

So…here goes.

I upgraded from an old 1977 Craftsman 10 inch saw my dad originally bought. I have used it the past few years. I installed a Vega Pro 40 fence on it and it has worked well. However, I am at the age that I wanted a new saw – the last one I will buy. I have never owned a new table saw so I had to make some decisions.

I work out of a one car garage that is already crowded so useable space is limited. I ruled out the 52 inch fence rails. Just not enough room.

I have 220v available so I decided on a model with 3hp.

I also decided on the router table for two reasons.
1) Provides an additional 8 inches of work space resulting in a table 48 inches wide x 27 inches deep. That’s a plus for me.
2) Space saver – Helps reduce the need for a mobile router table cart. I have a router table I can set up on saw horses if needed.

I modified an existing router table fence I have so it can be easily clamped to the Shop Fox fence using these clamps.

I mounted the fixed base for the Bosch 1617. I carefully measured, then drilled a hole through the cast iron table so the bit depth can be adjusted from above the table. also, I purchased a Start/stop switch from Rockler and mounted it on the front table support leg. It sorta matches the motor start/stop for the saw.

All models I looked at had the riving knife and blade guard so that was a wash for me.
The Shop Fox fence and rails are fairly robust and heavier than I expected. So far it is working OK.

I decided to order the Shop Fox Mobile base and boy, I am glad I did. It is easy to move the saw around. The saw is so heavy it would have sat where it landed off the pallet otherwise. :-)

So it came down to either the 1023 or the 690. I chose the 1023RLW.
Delivery was quick just like the G0555LX band saw I bought last spring. Three day travel from the time I purchased the saw with delivery on the fourth day. That was from Springfield, Mo to Houston, Tx.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 10:52 PM

Here are a few more pics.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 01-22-2013 01:10 AM

great looking saw.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 01-22-2013 01:31 AM

OH THAT IS GORGEOUS!!! Wow. What a beautiful saw.

I just got an older Grizzly 1021 second hand. I love it dearly. I’m so happy for you. Best wishes for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable, rewarding sawdust manufacturing with your gorgeous new saw.

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 03:04 AM

Congratulations!

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 10:45 PM

Nice combo, congrats!

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 10:55 PM

That is a sweet saw. Congrats! How do you like the mobile base?

Edit: I read your post again and saw that you like the base—good to know, as I need mobility for my new saw as well.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 11:15 PM

I really like the mobile base. I can move the saw with ease.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 02-04-2013 01:26 AM

The table on this saw is 48” wide vs. 40” for the G1023RL, but they both spec a max rip of 26”. Seems like with the bigger table, the RLW should allow for more rip capacity, no? (assuming no router bit in the way…)

-- John, BC, Canada

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MT_Stringer

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#9 posted 02-04-2013 01:39 AM

@John= the length of the fence rails dictate to max ripping capacity. I checked – 26 inches. :-(
I don’t have room for the 52 inch rails. Knotscott does have a link to mounting your rails farther to the right to gain an additional 10 inches of ripping width. I haven’t checked to see if I have bolt holes to do that or not.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#10 posted 02-04-2013 01:46 AM

Freaking beast, congrats.

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nwbusa

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#11 posted 02-04-2013 02:03 AM

Thanks for the quick reply MT. I’m going to run down to the Grizzly showroom soon and check these saws out in person. Both this and the 690 are looking pretty nice…

-- John, BC, Canada

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#12 posted 02-17-2013 08:54 PM

now thats a table saw.

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 09:19 PM

That mobile base is a bomb. Have it on my G0444Z with the long fence and cast tables. Sure makes moving easy.
You’re gonna really like that saw. It is the one I’d buy if the 0444Z wasn’t doing what I need.
I’m still strugglin’ with the decision about the router table on the saw. Help me make up my mind.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#14 posted 02-17-2013 09:36 PM

I liked having the router table in the TS on my last setup, but this time around decided to build a stand alone router table. Picked up the Bench Dog Promax cast iron table and fence yesterday. 32” x 24” of dead flat cast iron. It’s a heavy sucker! Right now I have it setup on sawhorses but my next project will be to build a proper cabinet for it.

-- John, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 02-17-2013 11:12 PM

@Bill White – so far it is working OK. Today I set up my fence and cut some slots on the back of some plaques I am making. I simply clamp my router fence to the Shop Fox fence and I am ready to go. I have a dust collection hose connected to the Bosch 1617 router base and another one connected to the router fence. Not hardly any dust escaped during the routing.

Note: I do have a router table top I can set up on saw horses or clamp it to my work bench, but so far, routing using the table saw extension has been quicker to set up and takes up a lot less room. And I am very limited on space so this is working for me. If I had more room, a router table on a cabinet would be great.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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