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03-02-2013 08:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question tablesaw used buying

Ok- I’ve been looking through old forums in an effort to answer my own question with words of wisdom past but I’m still going to throw my own scenario and question on here:
I found a used Grizzly G1023RLW on CL, said to be a few years old, looks clean from the pics but I am going to see it in person. Asking price is 600$ and it comes with a rollable base. Seems like a great deal, reviews on this saw are good but I am still a newbie and I’m afraid of being “had”. Can I really go wrong with this saw? Of course assuming it runs and has all the parts to it…... I feel like the saw is what it is and it can be adjusted and fences can be upgraded but aside from obvious things like missing parts or the saw not running properly is there anything else that is a deal breaker that I should be looking for. The owner claims it was “hardly used” so I’m expecting it to be in pretty good shape. I appreciate any input. ALSO…... how in the world do I haul it home? I have a truck and access to a small trailor??? Thanks a million!

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 12:27 PM

That’d be a great deal on that saw if it hasn’t been trashed. I’ve read very few complaints on those saws. The fence should be pretty good, and isn’t likely to need to be replaced unless it’s broken somehow. This model comes with a router table, and true riving knife if the model number is correct. It still sells new for about $1500 delivered and is considered an excellent value at that price relative to other new saws, so $600 for a used one is excellent. A truck or trailer should be fine….trailer being lower will be easier to load. To make it lighter, you can easily remove the fence and wings, and even the main top and motor if you need to. Note that it’s a true 3hp and will require 220v operation. Very nice saw for $600 IMHO, and will probably sell fast if it checks out. $600 is still a good deal even if it turns out to be the older G1023”SLW”, and not the “RLW”. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 12:37 PM

I guess that’s what I’m worried about….. Not sure why someone would be willing to let it go so cheap. I’ll have the owner run it for me. Hoping I’m not disappointed and I’ll be posting a pic of my new saw later :)

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 12:57 PM

The answers to your concern could stem from many things….too big, didn’t like wwing, divorce, owner died, got sick, job relocation, upgraded to a Saw Stop PCS, etc. IMO that saw is worth looking into, b/c I think it’ll go within hours if it checks out. Run it for a minute, rotate the blade with the saw unplugged and listen to the bearings. Bring a flash light and check under the hood for major things like cracked trunnions….unless it fell out of a truck there shouldn’t be much that can’t be fixed fairly easily. You can always walk away if you still have lots of doubts.

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

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 02:33 PM

Could be a really sweet deal. I’d imagine it would sell quick. Bring lots of helpers to load it onto a trailer. The link below is from Grizzly. The saw is, according to the Specifications Sheet, 509 lbs. Good luck !!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 02:40 PM

Nab it, and welcome to Lumber Jocks!

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 03:02 PM

welcome to LJ. if it’s this one:

it’s definately worth looking into. i’m local to NYC, and as the one pictured is a left tilt, i briefly considered a 3 day round trip to cleveland for it. looks clean but appears to have a splitter, not a riving knife, if the one you’re going to see is the CL item i’ve linked. either way, always offer less. $600 is a very attractive price. anything less would be a a really good deal.

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

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 03:07 PM

As far as moving it goes. My wife and I unloaded my new Gen from the back of my truck. Take the fence off. Ya might want to tank the wings off as well, any thing to lighten the load. Line the bed of your truck with a tarp. Back your truck (tail gate down) almost to the back of the saw. Tip the saw backwards, pick up the saw and slide it onto the bead. Probably need some help on this part. I know it’s a pain removing all this stuff, but the idea is to get it home and in place with nothing broken and nobody hurt. Enjoy your new toy.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 03:14 PM

Plug it in, make sure it runs quietly, offer $550, pay the man, and take it home.

You’ll love the saw!

-- Artisan Woodworks of Texas....

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 03:56 PM

If it checks out, buy it. That’s a steal.

Welcome to LJs!

-- jay,

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 04:07 PM

As you can see from the pics it’s built like a tank. I’ve seen them in person and was very impressed. I have the G0690 but really wanted the 1023 (it weighs too much to get it to my basement). That price is very good and I bet you will be very happy with it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 04:35 PM

Toolie- that’s the one! I believe this saw comes factory now with a true riving knife, ill make a point to check which this has. On my way to check it out, I’ll check back shortly. Thanks everyone for the input!!!

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 04:39 PM

Even if its an older model without a riving knife, that’s still a good price for a great cabinet saw.

-- jay,

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 05:16 PM

Even with lapses in fit and finish, an older Grizzly cabinet
saw will be a robust machine with proven engineering.
They are just Asian copies of a saw design that has
been a standard in N. America for about 70 years.

Moving a 10” cabinet saw is not a big deal, though
you’ll want help loading and unloading it.

Here’s what I do:

1. remove the fence rails
2. remove the wings

You’ll need some wrenches.

3. Use a piece of 3/4” plywood at least 24” x 48”,
a little longer and wider is better.

4. Rest one end of the ply against the open tailgate,
the other on the ground.

5. Wheel the saw up to the edge and tip it onto the
ply. On it’s back is usually the best side with a saw.

6. With your helper, pick up the end of the plywood
and slide the ply into the truck.

The saw shouldn’t need much tying down.

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#14 posted 03-02-2013 11:06 PM

Man….I’d pay $600.00 site unseen, it’s a steel. Go for it ASAP, it will not be available long.
I own this saw and it is SWEET. You will not be sorry. Even if you are just getting started, you can’t find a good contractors TS for that price.
Good luck, have fun.

-- Cut the hole twice and it's still too big!

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 01:29 AM

Moving heavy stuff…

I’m 60 years old and not in great shape. I had a car accident in 2001 in which I was killed. Wrecked one leg real bad. So moving and lifting heavy stuff…. well let’s just say I have to plan it out a lot more than I did 30 years ago.

So far I’ve used my 2005 Dodge Caravan and brought home a Ridgid R4512 (had to return it due to unresolvable defects), a Steel City 35990G (granite top table saw), a Grizzly G0654 (delivered via liftgate, but I had to get it from curb to shop) and a 14” Delta bandsaw (a 28-230 with cabinet style base).

#1 rule: BE CAREFUL

All of these things can be easily dismantled into manageable pieces. My shop is out behind my house and you can’t drive back there. No access. Everything has to be either carried or wheeled on a 2-wheel dolly across the grass. My WIFE and I got most everything back there except for the jointer. My youngest son helped me with that. He also came out and helped me lift the jointer bed onto the base after I had cleaned everything up.

Point is, except for having the jointer delivered curbside, I’ve moved all of this stuff in my Caravan. I used to be a millright. I moved heavy stuff every day. When you move machinery it needs to be realigned. It would be a rare case, in my opinion, where you load a piece of machinery on a truck, drive it to a new location, unload it, get it into position, and it’s all still in perfect alignment. On a USED piece of machinery, I’m going to take it apart and CLEAN it and do a thorough inspection on it. So why not make you life easier and just take it apart to make moving it easier (and safer). Obviously the SELLER isn’t going to let you dismantle something until after the money is in their hands, but in every single case so far they’ve helped me take it apart and put it in the van.

So THINK about how you’ll move it, but don’t worry about it. :)

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