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346 days ago

My wife finally gave me the okay to get a table saw. I was eyeing the 22116. Is there a better saw for this kind of money?

I like the fact that it has cabinet mounted trunions.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin


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#1 posted 346 days ago

Or i guess there is the steel city variant for a few bucks less.

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#2 posted 346 days ago

Did you read the dnick review on this site?
Did you watch the YouTube review?

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#3 posted 346 days ago

I would look at a Grizzly or used with that kind of budget

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#4 posted 346 days ago

I was eyeing the grizzly G0715, but heard reports of it having alignment issues, and I am checking craigslist. Found a Jet for that range, but its 220v. I was going to see about adding a 220v line, might be kind of hard as i don’t have a panel box in my garage.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#5 posted 346 days ago

Just went to a small show yesterday and saw a few cabinet saws under 1,000 I like the saw stop saws but safety cost a few extra dollars. I liked the steel city saws and the general saws I think most everyone here will advise to look carefully at your options before you buy the craftsman saw. I somehow managed to leave the show without a new saw and I have a new credit card in my wallet, Powermatic had a PM2000 saw for 2050 bucks I would have in my shop if I was reckless.

-- Harry, Jackson Mi

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#6 posted 346 days ago

I agree. I’ve had credit cards burning a whole, but wanted to wait till i had the cash. Trying to get out of that habbit!

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#7 posted 346 days ago

Appears steel city themselves sells it for $700.

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#8 posted 346 days ago

Steel City makes the 22116, and it’s a fine saw. It’s the successor to the very popular 22124, which was also a fine saw. It’s got the same guts as the former Ridgid R4511, but has as full enclosure and a much better fence. My only concern with 22116 is the granite top. If that’s not an issue for you, I wouldn’t let the “Craftsman” logo be a valid deterrent from getting it. The Steel City 35990 for $700 is a different saw with different trunnion design and a lesser fence….could still be a good saw for you, but it’s not overly similar to the 22116. Steel City also makes a 35950G and 35926 that are more similar to the 22116.

The Griz G0715P and G0661 look like nice saws too if you don’t mind the table mounted trunnions….it’s generally a once and done adjustment. I think the earlier alignment issues with the G0715P have been fixed, but I could be wrong. If you’ve got 220v, I’d seriously consider taking the step up to a full industrial cabinet saw for $1350 shipped.

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#9 posted 346 days ago

I’d love to take the leap and get a full fledged cabinet saw…Don’t think thats an option right yet. I could save for a month or two though…Problem is i want one now lol.

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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#10 posted 346 days ago

Just for grins, here’s a look under the hood of a few saws…

Grizzly G1023RL:

Grizzly G0690:

Former Grizzly G0478 (similar to a typical hybrid):

CMan 22116:

Steel City 35990:

PCB270TS:

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#11 posted 346 days ago

I hired an electrician to run some power for me. No Problem running 1/2 inch conduit from the outside breaker box along the wall and into the garage. Just sayin’.

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#12 posted 346 days ago

for a 1000 I would wait a little while and get a cabinet saw you will be better off plenty of power and heavy , smooth cuts, and with a 3hp cabsaw you can saw heavy all day and it won’t even know it, just sayin

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#13 posted 346 days ago

as you see in the pics the Grizzly is heavy duty made to work all day, the other saws will fail if pushed hard

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#14 posted 346 days ago

I have the 1023sl and I put new arbor bearings in after 5 years of torture ripping many board ft of white oak and red oak it cut boxing for 2 barns non stop for 2 weeks the Grizzly saw is a good budget heavy saw, have a good day

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#15 posted 346 days ago

If you have 220, by all means, save another few hundred (realistically, that’s a few times eating out) and go for the grizzly 1023.

If you only have 110, I’d still save a bit more and go for something with cabinet mounted trunnions.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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