Grizzly 690 or 1023RLW

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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 09-02-2014 02:39 AM 1043 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2014 02:39 AM

I am getting ready to order one of these saws and am asking if anyone knows if one is better than the other.
The specs show the 690 having a slightly longer crosscut and a longer fence
The 1023RLW has a single belt drive system. According to the manual, they say to replace the bearings when you replace the belt, but they don’t say to do that on the 690.
Price is almost the same, so I am just trying to decide on which one to get.
I am also ordering the mobile base with either saw.
Any ideas would be appreciated.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 09-02-2014 03:57 AM

The consensus seams to be that the 1023 is a little better design, with the vertical ways and dust shroud. It’s really kind of a toss up. Have you checked to see if they have any? The last I read someone posted they were out of stock until the end of the month.

-- Earl

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#2 posted 09-02-2014 04:14 AM

they have the RLW, but not the RLWX 5hp model.
I really don’t know why the 5 hp motor only costs $40 more.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#3 posted 09-02-2014 03:29 PM

There certainly hasn’t been a lack of debate between these two saws. The 690/691 is a more time tested design whereas the current generation of 1023 has a dovetail ways elevation gear. The 1023 also has a thicker top, leading to a 1/8” drop in cut capacity. Depending on the fence rail option you get, the 690/691 usually has a larger cut capacity when compared to the 1023 (30” vs 25”, 52” vs 50”).

All these numbers mean little when you consider the going consensus: for the price point, you can’t go wrong with either.

-- paxorion

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#4 posted 09-03-2014 01:32 AM

What I don’t understand is how they can sell the 1023RLX with a 5hp motor for only $35 more than the RLW.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#5 posted 09-03-2014 02:30 AM

Ran across a guy who had bought a new 690, said he hated it and so sold it. Said his son has the 1023 and it is a great saw. Just sayin.

-- Jim from Kansas

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#6 posted 09-03-2014 02:39 AM

I am leaning towards the 1023, I was just wondering what others thought about the 690’s.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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