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TDominy

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461 days ago

I have decided that it is time for an upgrade. The saw that my dad left me (1960 Craftsman contractors saw) has had its day and deserves a proper burial.

I want a saw that will last for the rest of my work working days (I am 57) and pass it along to my son.

From my research I have narrowed it down to Grizzly as a brand based on what I have read about the quality of the saws and the customer service.

My budget is $1500.

I am seriously looking at the following two saws:
  • G1023RLW 10” 3 HP 220V Cabinet Left-Tilting Table Saw ($1500 with shipping)
  • G0690 10” 3HP 220V Cabinet Table Saw with Riving Knife ($1445 with shipping)

Grizzly has a nice compare feature on their site and I can see that there is little difference in the basic saw, I have no experience with either fence that is offered, the miter gauges are different and one has a router insert built in (nice but not a big deal for me but for $100 I will go for it).

I am hoping that some of the sage folks on the site can shed some light on the subtle differences in these saws and is there a saw that someone believes is worth another look that is within my range.

Thanks in advance.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.


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knotscott

5374 posts in 1981 days


#1 posted 461 days ago

That’s a pretty common question. Both are solid choices well proven choices with excellent track records and large happy followings. It’s a coin toss from what I’ve been reading.

The G0690 has a larger stock rip capacity, an Asian made Leeson motor, traditional triple belt drive and swing arm, and is made in China.

The G1023RL has an updated wide serpentine belt, dovetail ways and mechanical elevation screw for the vertical height adjustment, the Shop Fox Classic fence, a blade shroud, and is made in Taiwan. You can “add ~10 rip capacity if you want it.

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

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TDominy

85 posts in 1148 days


#2 posted 461 days ago

Thanks for the note, I like the look of the white, but the 1023 is looking better all the time and the ability to add the 10” to the rip capacity.

What I was also wondering about the difference between the fences and the miter gages.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 461 days ago

I have the Shop Fox Classic on my G0444Z. Excellent fence for the $ in my estimation.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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DavidNJ

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#4 posted 461 days ago

The 1023RL appears to be a newer design. However, even if they were side by side, I doubt either would have a significant performance difference.

There was a used 5hp single phase 52” Powermatic 2000 for $2300 on Craigslist here. If my wife didn’t demand the Sawstop I would have gotten it.

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TDominy

85 posts in 1148 days


#5 posted 458 days ago

Thanks for the help, I ordered the G1023RLW, should have it by the weekend.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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Scomel Basses

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#6 posted 457 days ago

Excellent choice! I have the same saw and have absolutely no complaints. I love the router table, I use it all the time. If I had to make the same choice again, 690 or 1023, it would be the 1023. I really think the modern design is an upgrade, though the 690 is a fantastic saw.

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TDominy

85 posts in 1148 days


#7 posted 454 days ago

The saw showed up with some minor shipping damage (hook for wrenches bent beyond fixing and the motor door is bowed and scratched but I think I can get it back in shape and the scratch is only about 1 1/2” long, so I will jusy touch it up). Thanks goodness my son is around to help get the beast into the dolly. Have to get a different plug for the 220V outlet that I have, hope to be making dust tomorrow.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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kdc68

1942 posts in 882 days


#8 posted 454 days ago

TDominy...congrats on the new saw…..IMO I’d call Grizzly and explain the shipping damaged parts. Their customer service is pretty good and odds are good that they will send you replacement parts..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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TDominy

85 posts in 1148 days


#9 posted 454 days ago

Thanks for the advice!

I just got off the phone and you are correct, they were very helpful and should have replacement parts on the way Monday!!

So far my experience with them has been top notch. I feel that good customer service is as important as the quality of the product.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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SCOTSMAN

5281 posts in 2191 days


#10 posted 454 days ago

Congratulations there is nothing better than to treat yourself to a major piece of equipment like a new saw I just bought a few months back a large industrial wadkin saw. (very popular here with the professionals ) It takes a sixteen inch blade and has a 7.5 hp motor with a scribe facility and a sliding table very popular here in europe anyway I digress showing off a little.I think Grizzly have a good system we have a company here called warco which is basically the same thing as grizzly with a restrited shaft as we are not allowed dado’s and moulding heads on saws in Europe anyway I just am explaining I know how excited you must be it’s a great feeling everyday I go up and admire my new saw it is the pride of my shop same with you I expect have many many years of safe fun with your new aquisition and rightly so be proud if it like I am with mine.Alistair kindest regards

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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knotscott

5374 posts in 1981 days


#11 posted 454 days ago

Gotta love that “new saw smell”, but without pics, it didn’t happen! “Congrats pending….” ;-)

Maybe LJ “Harvey4804” will let you borrow a pic in the meantime!

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

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TDominy

85 posts in 1148 days


#12 posted 454 days ago

AS soon as I get all of the bits and pieces bolted together I will post a photo.

-- By hammer in hand, all things do stand.

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sawedoff

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#13 posted 454 days ago

Disregard….....sorry for not reading all of the thread

-- still wet behind the ears.....

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