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TheWoodFish

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09-10-2014 12:27 PM

Hey Guys,

I’m in the market for a table saw under $1500.

I have the opportunity to buy a used Delta unisaw x5 (51”) for that price. I looked at the table and it looks and feels good. Or I can buy a brand new Grizzly 1023RL for about $1400 shipped.

So used Delta X5 or brand new Grizzly?


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b67mack

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#1 posted 09-10-2014 04:55 PM

Both [appear to be] left tilt so I would buy the new saw and get the modern riving knife safety feature

Wish someone would have told me to do that!

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#2 posted 09-10-2014 04:58 PM

what kind of modern riving knife?

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b67mack

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#3 posted 09-10-2014 05:04 PM

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toolie

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 01:04 AM

the griz is a better value. $1400 for a used Delta is, IMHO, overpriced.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Minorhero

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 01:12 AM

Uinsaws go for 800 all day long. A deal for them is 400 or less.

A riving knife is pretty important, I would buy a new saw over a used one without a riving knife.

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TheFridge

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 01:22 AM

That unisaw would have to be left tilt, very clean, with 50’ rip to come close to being worth that much. I’m basing this off of what I see on ebay and craigslist.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 09-11-2014 02:15 AM

used delta

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#8 posted 09-11-2014 02:30 AM

Used and deal with getting it to your yourself or new with shipping to your door and customer service and a warranty. Either way you need to be a little mechanically inclined to put one together and set it up.

If you are a brand new cabinet saw owner with questions I’d go new with the grizzly for the ease of delivery and phone, on site support if you need help.

If your not knew to a cabinet saw and can replace things if needed without help the left tilt delta at $1500 isn’t out of reach. I’d personally be more inclined to spend about $500 less on the unisaw.

Paul

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TheWoodFish

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#9 posted 09-11-2014 02:48 AM

Guys, thank you so much for the advices!

The riving knife video is shocking. Every table saw buyer should see it. Thanks for sharing that.

I think I’ll end up with the new Grizzly 1023RLW. This will also fit my one car garage. (the delta 51” would have taken way too much space!)

Thank you all!

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skatefriday

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#10 posted 09-11-2014 04:14 AM

I bought the 1023RLW last March and have no regrets. Be
sure to check the set screws on the motor pulley as mine were
missing. But other than that, no problems.

And I would not use a saw without a riving knife. I have a motto,
10 in, 10 out. If you aren’t buying a sawstop, at least have a riving
knife.

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TheWoodFish

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#11 posted 09-11-2014 04:18 AM

One more question;

G1023RL or G1023RLW?

Is it worth additional $120 for their cast iron router extension? I’m concerned because it doesn’t the option to use a router lift. How do you adjust the height?

I know for sure that I want a router extension, but I’m not sure which one…

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skatefriday

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#12 posted 09-11-2014 04:27 AM

Yes. Even if you don’t use the extra iron for routing, I think it’s worth having
that extra table top space.

To answer you question directly the router mounts to the underneath
and you use the router housing and it’s adjustments from there to dictate
height.

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Paul

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#13 posted 09-11-2014 04:40 AM

Yes it is worth it if you plan on using your router on your TS. It’s far more costly to add it on after. That said many like stand alone router tables but to each his own.

Paul

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skatefriday

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#14 posted 09-11-2014 04:55 AM

I don’t have space for a standalone router table, so there’s that.

If I did, I’d probably go standalone and build support tables
around all three sides of the saw, but sometimes we have to
compromise.

And hey Paul, I sport the same face when I’m in my shop. :-)

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TheWoodFish

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#15 posted 09-11-2014 04:59 AM

But just in case I would want to upgrade to a router lift, I would have to get a completely new extension and throw this one away. There’s no way to add a router lift to this one. right?

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