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06-15-2014 07:57 PM

I am looking to upgrade my table saw. Currently I have a cheap mastercraft contractor saw, I hate it but due to limited workshop space I have been forced to make due. I recently purchased a new home and laid claim to my 2 car garage (had a lot of explaining to the wife that garages are not actually used to park your car). I am looking to purchase a cabnet saw. Does anyone have any advice on what to look for in a saw? This will probably be the last table saw I ever buy and dont want to be left wanting more. I am a intermediate level wood worker and I would like to try my hand at cabinetry

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#1 posted 06-15-2014 08:28 PM

I love my Grizzly G0690. It replaced my old Craftsman with about the same footprint and all the power I need.

As for your wife, if you can handle her, you can certainly pick out a great table saw…................

-- mike...............

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#2 posted 06-15-2014 10:03 PM

What’s your budget?

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#3 posted 06-15-2014 10:33 PM

Not Knowing your budget I would say look at saw stop. Just for the fact that you said this is going to be your last table saw . I don’t have one but I’m going to be getting one some day.

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#4 posted 06-15-2014 10:53 PM

Sawstop if you have the money
Unisaw or the like if you don’t
Grizzly if you can’t afford a higher end saw and want the most bang for you buck, and don’t mind doing a lot of tweaking
A used unisaw or the like if you don’t mind a used/need to rebuild saw

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#5 posted 06-15-2014 10:53 PM

I would buy the Grizzly G1023RL 10” 3 HP 240V Cabinet Saw

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#6 posted 06-15-2014 11:15 PM

I love my 5hp unisaw and would not trade it for anything. If your budget allows you to spend enough to buy the unisaw you also have sawstop, and powermatic to choose from. Any of those table saws will last you a lifetime.

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#7 posted 06-15-2014 11:24 PM

I love mine…no tweaking needed!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 06-15-2014 11:25 PM

Budget is set at around 1500. If I need to increase what I want to spend I can hold off a bit but ideally I dont want to spend more then that. Also I need something that has good dust collection… I am sick of sweeping.

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#9 posted 06-16-2014 12:31 AM

If you don’t mind being your own middleman, the Grizzly G1023RL or G0690 are both a great bang for the buck.

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#10 posted 06-16-2014 03:44 PM

For $1500 you could get a new Grizzly or a used Unisaw or Powermatic in excellent condition, and may even have enough money left over for a dust control system. Sometimes you can find an estate sale or someone getting out of the hobby and get a great package deal on both items.

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#11 posted 06-16-2014 10:06 PM

Ok, looking at the specs for both the G1023RL or G0690, the only difference I see is the arbor speed. And one is about 20lbs heavier than the other. So WHY would I choose one over the other? What makes the G0690 worth the extra 200 bucks?

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#12 posted 06-16-2014 10:09 PM

I have the G1023. Mostly happy with it, but it will throw off tons of sawdust. Good dust collection is mandatory.

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#13 posted 06-16-2014 11:17 PM

So why choose one over the other?

One is made in China and the other Taiwan, that would make my mind up right there.

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#14 posted 06-17-2014 01:28 AM

I agree with the Saw Stop guys, if the toll is not too rich for your blood. I would probably look for an older high quality made in USA saw otherwise.

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#15 posted 06-17-2014 01:58 AM

From an engineer’s perspective, I like the design of the 690. It is based on an older Unisaw mechanism.
The newer 1023 is a very good saw and I never read where anyone was dissatisfied with it, however.

Either saw is going to be a great machine for the money. They both have cabinet mounted trunions and a riving knife which are two absolute requirements in my book.

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