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Forum topic by IHRedRules posted 05-12-2014 01:21 PM 1196 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-12-2014 01:21 PM

About 2 years ago my sister had a project that she wanted me to make, so I ran out and bought a Ridgid Contractor’s Style table saw. It has served me well over the last 2 years and many projects, but I feel it’s time to upgrade to a big boys table saw. I’ve been scouring Craigslist for a while and have found several good saws, either too expensive, or more often, I was the second person to call, just to find out it’s been sold. Well, the sun, stars and moon finally aligned, and I have found a Grizzly G1023SLX for $900. It appears to be in very good shape, and it includes the roller out feed table that Grizzly sells. The seller said he did not have the riving knife/blade guard, but the good news is that if I pay the full asking price, he will order them and have them when I go to look at it and hopefully pick up this Friday. So, my question to you all is, am I making a good choice? I would love to have a nice 3hp SawStop, but the odds of me saving up 3k for one are slim to none.

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#1 posted 05-12-2014 02:14 PM

Fine saw but the price is too high. Offer $600-700.

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#2 posted 05-12-2014 02:45 PM

I don’t think $900 for a saw that was $1,300 new plus the table and shipping is that bad of a deal if its in good condition. I think I would try to talk him down and deal with the missing parts on my own.

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 03:05 PM

One word of caution. The SLX does not have a Riving knife. It’s a splitter based design. the G1023R series (RL, RLW, etc..) are the models that have a riving knife. They are newer and have other significant redesigned features. I don’t the G1023SLX is a bad saw, but for that money I think it’s asking too much (at least in my market). I paid the same for a 6 month old G1023RLW. I would offer him the $600 -$700 mentioned and go look for an aftermarket guard solution you like.

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#4 posted 05-12-2014 03:19 PM

I’d be inclined to skip the stock splitter, have him shave some cash off the price, and apply the savings toward a BORK riving knife….mine works great on a nearly identical saw.

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#5 posted 05-13-2014 12:48 AM

I would do as knotscott says….
He IS the table saw expert around these parts!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 05-13-2014 01:29 AM

Thanks for all the informative comments, I’ll see what I can do to convince the seller to come down some.

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#7 posted 05-13-2014 01:50 AM

Just checked out the Bork, looks good, too bad it doesn’t have the anti-kickback pawls. I like the looks of the Shark Guard, it has the anti kickback pawls, but it’s a splitter. Two nice looking options, but each has a pretty big knock against it as well in my book.

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#8 posted 05-13-2014 03:13 AM

Anti kickback pawls are of pretty limited utility in my mind. I’d much rather have an easily remove able riving knife.

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#9 posted 05-13-2014 09:17 AM

jonah, with a riving knife you’d really never need to remove it.
Most have two heights, or the saw comes with two different riving knives; one for use with a guard, the other sits just below the top of the blade so it can be used for non-through cuts.

To the OP, if I was going to drop $900 on a table saw, it would go towards a new one with a warranty and riving knife.

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

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