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Forum topic by Nicholas Hall posted 02-01-2013 04:33 AM 1019 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Nicholas Hall

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02-01-2013 04:33 AM

I have a bit of dumb question, but I’ll ask anyway…

I’m looking to upgrade my tablesaw and I’ve been eyeing the Grizzly 1023RL. I like the footprint, and since I work almost exclusively with solid lumber, I don’t have any need for a big extension table meant for sheet goods. Well, the craigslist alert fired me an email today with a good deal on a barely used GO1023slx for $1000, not to far from my house. It’s got the 7’ extension table though. and I don’t really want a full extension table, nor do I really have the space for it. I was going to pass on it, but then I got to thinking, “well heck, I could just remove the extension table and cut off the rails. and I basically have a 1023RL. Would this work or would I need to remove the long rails and extension table and buy the 1023 short rails? I know it’s a dumb question, but it’d be about $500 cheaper to buy this saw than a new 1023RL with tax and shipping. I need to decide quick, because barely used Grizzly 1023’s go pretty damn quick on craigslist! If anyone has one of these saws and can offer a perspective I’d really appreciate it.

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crank49

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#1 posted 02-01-2013 04:38 AM

Buy the saw, and the shorter rails. then sell the longer rails and table extension.

-- Michael :-{| “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” ― A H

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 02-01-2013 04:53 AM

One of the things I like about used tools is you can modify it any way you want. It’s nice not to have to worry about warranty, too. And from the comments I see about warranties in these forums, lack of warranty shouldn’t affect the decision. So go ahead and cut off the long rails if you want. Crank 49’s suggestion is maybe a better idea, though.

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bwoods

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#3 posted 02-01-2013 04:58 AM

I just saw a Grizzly g1023slwx3 posted here where I live for $750, I’m looking for a TS but I am brand new to woodworking and this might be too much machine for me… I also have a budget of about $1300 for a good starter set of woodworking tools.

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Nicholas Hall

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#4 posted 02-01-2013 05:08 AM

Crank,

That’s a good thought (selling the long rails and buying the short ones). I’m going to call Grizzly in the morning to see how much the short rails are shipped. I’m guessing the shipping alone is $100. If I’m really lucky, whoever wants to buy the long rails and extension table probably already has a Grizzly with the short rails. I guess my question is still, “is there any functional drawback to cutting off the long rails?”.

If the short rails are $300 shipped, and I can’t find a buyer for the long rails, I may be stuck cutting the long ones.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#5 posted 02-01-2013 12:31 PM

Hey Nicholas -

Not sure where you live, but if its a big enough area, I am guessing there is a 1023 owner with short rails who would trade them to you plus a little cash for your long rails. I would jump on the saw (try to haggle him down a little of course) and worry about swapping the rails out after.

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 02-01-2013 01:59 PM

I’ll bet there’s someone here in LJs that has the short rails and would be THRILLED to swap you even-steven for your long rails. Each of you pays one way shipping to the other. Problem solved

...edit,,,
Well CRAP. That’s what I get for opening a page and posting before waiting to read it all. Marcus beat me to it. Great minds think alike and all that jazz

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 02-01-2013 02:09 PM

what they said.

or, if you don’t care to go through the “buy shorter rails, sell longer ones” process you can simply cut the longer ones short as short as you like (harder to do when you have short rails and want them longer…)

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Straightbowed

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#8 posted 02-01-2013 08:07 PM

I will buy the rails I need some for my 1023

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

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Straightbowed

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#9 posted 02-01-2013 08:08 PM

I will trade shortrails for long rails me me me me me me

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

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Nicholas Hall

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#10 posted 02-01-2013 09:37 PM

I’m going to try to do the swap locally. It’ll be a lot easier to do it that way. I’m not sure what it costs to ship 100#, 7 foot long rails at the UPS store, but I’m guessing it exceeds the value of the rails!

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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Grandpa

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#11 posted 02-01-2013 10:54 PM

I shipped some X-braces for scaffolding. I sent them on a freight truck. They weighed 68 LB I believe and they shipped for $48. They went about 200 miles. Freight ships cheaper. I put them between 2 – 1×6’s and had them banded with metal straps at the local lumber yard for free. Can’t beat the service by either place.

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SamuraiSaw

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#12 posted 02-01-2013 10:58 PM

Grandpa is steering you in the right direction. UPS and FedeX are small package delivery for the most part. Do a search for freight shippers in your area, you’ll be surprised at the low cost.

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#13 posted 02-01-2013 11:17 PM

The G1023SLX is a good saw, but I think $1000 is a tad steep….no warranty, no riving knife. I’d be inclined to offer a $800-$850 and see where it leads. The BORK aftermarket riving knife will fit this saw.

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

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