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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 09-29-2014 02:41 AM 1265 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2014 02:41 AM

I ordered a Grizzly G1023RLWX a month ago and just found out it is on back order till at least mid December.
My question is regarding the Poly belt on the 1023’s.

According to the manual, when you replace the belt, they saw to replace the arbor bearings as well.

How long do these belts and bearings actually last anyway?

The 0690 uses 3 v belts that look very easy to replace compaired to the 1023 system.

I don’t want to wait till December for a saw, so I am going to change my order to either a 3hp 1023 or the 690.

Just looking for advise.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 09-29-2014 02:44 AM

My 1023RLW has been working just fine for almost two years so I can’t offer any advice.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 09-29-2014 03:36 AM

Did you get the 10% off on the saw? Just to add some information, CPO Outlet is currently running Jet saws at 15% off, the 5hp Xacta with 50 inch table is only $2252,default,pd.html?start=18&cgid=jet-saws I h ave this saw, with the 30 inch table and I have been extremely happy with it.

-- Earl

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#3 posted 09-29-2014 03:42 AM

The RLWX is only $1550 including shipping! I only ordered that saw because it was $40 more than the 3hp 1023.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#4 posted 09-29-2014 04:18 AM

I think the 1023 is always on backorder. I ordered mine in Feb
and received it in early May. Took about 8 weeks from order to ship.

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#5 posted 09-29-2014 01:59 PM

The 1023RL, RLW and RLX are all in stock. It’s just the RLWX 5hp one that is on back order.

After talking to Jay from Custom Creations, he really likes his G0690 and said he would buy one again if he needed a new saw.
I was only wondering about the belt life and the fact that Grizzly says to replace the bearings when the belt needs to be changed. It looks like a real pain in the ass to have to replace that belt vs the belts on the G0690.

Like I said before, I only ordered the 5hp RL because of the small price difference.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#6 posted 09-29-2014 02:30 PM

Depending on use (or abuse) and proper maintenance, poly belts will last a very, very long time. I have one machine that is almost 40 years old and the belt is just fine with no signs of giving up any time soon.. and that is on a universal screamer motor that spins a lot faster than what you will find on a TS.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#7 posted 09-29-2014 02:35 PM

Thanks MrUnix! That is the info I was looking for.

I have a Craftsman 113 for more than 20 years and it still looks like I just took it out of the box.

I am a real nerd about keeping my equipment clean. I want this saw to last as long as the Craftsman 113, whice is still working just great.
I am not unhappy with the Craftsman, I just want a new saw!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#8 posted 09-29-2014 02:51 PM

Maintenance is key for belt and bearing life. As far as permanently lubricated bearings go, there’s not much you can do other than keep areas around them clean to avoid damage to the seals. Belts need to be riding on properly aligned sheaves, kept clean and most importantly; kept under proper tension. Keeping them out of sunlight is on the list too, but not applicable on a tablesaw. We had a screw compressor at work and replaced the three drive belts every 10000 hours and the motor and airend bearings at 30000 hours. It stays clean inside and hasn’t ever been out of alignment. Tension is inspected every month (about 195 hours) and rarely needs adjustment.

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