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txn

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11-21-2014 09:40 PM

I’m torn the wife gave me the go ahead on a new table saw and I cannot make up my mind on what I want. I’ll still have to pay for it of course so money is an object but I can’t decide to take advantage on jet’s 15% off or get the griz 1023 I can get everything I want for the griz including a couple zero clearance inserts extended rails and mobile base for $450 less than what I can get the jet with the 50in rip capacity help me decide.


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#1 posted 11-22-2014 12:07 AM

The 1023, is a good saw had that for 10 years before selling to get the Sawstop. If you can swing it, thats the saw to get.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 11-22-2014 01:05 AM

“Everything you want” AND save $450?
I’m going to go out on a limb and vote for the Grizzly.

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#3 posted 11-22-2014 01:30 AM

The Jet has some advantages over the Grizzly but you are the one that has to decide if it’s worth the extra money. I was in the same position last year and decided to go with the Jet. I haven’t regretted my decision. I ended up with the 5hp Xacta instead of the 3hp. Shipping was great and everything was dead on from the factory, I didn’t have to do anything when putting it together, everything was in perfect alignment.

-- Earl

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#4 posted 11-22-2014 01:52 AM

Other than alignment what makes the jet better? They’re both made in Taiwan and probably the same factory

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#5 posted 11-22-2014 02:16 AM

I just got the Grizzly 690 about 2 months ago. Everything was aligned perfect out of the box, except I had to make a minor adjustment to the fence. It was off by about 1/32 of an inch. Took almost 2 min to fix it.
I really like the Grizzly. It does everything I could ask of it.
If I had the money, I probably would have bought the Sawstop, but at over $3000 vs $1500 for the 690, I just couldn’t justify it.
I originally was going to get the 1023RLWX, but they have been on backorder for more than 3 months and I just didn’t want to wait that long.
The 3 h.p. 690 has plenty of power for anything I will ever do with it.
Good luck on which ever saw you choose!

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#6 posted 11-22-2014 02:52 AM

I’ve also thought about the saw stop but I change between rip and dado blade pretty often when in the middle of project and would fine changing cartridges that often to become a pain in the rear and every accessorie for it is an outrageous price

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#7 posted 11-22-2014 03:53 AM

1023

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#8 posted 11-22-2014 03:55 AM

If I was really going to buy a tablesaw again, I would get a sliding table for sure if you have the room

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#9 posted 11-22-2014 04:31 AM

I have a General International and love it. I had a Rockwell Beaver before that and the General is a step up. I am not familiar with the saws mentioned but sure they are also good saws. I also change blades often and don’t find it too much of a hassle. I’ve heard from others that a belt drive is superior. Good luck

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#10 posted 11-22-2014 05:00 AM



I ve also thought about the saw stop but I change between rip and dado blade pretty often when in the middle of project and would fine changing cartridges that often to become a pain in the rear and every accessorie for it is an outrageous price

- txn

No issue changing. The opening is wide, and the cartidge change is a breeze. You will love the riving knife change speed too. Makes it easy to use and pop out when needed.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#11 posted 11-22-2014 05:59 AM



Other than alignment what makes the jet better? They re both made in Taiwan and probably the same factory

- txn


The Jet table is slightly larger, the motor mount and trunion system is very massive, it has a very nice one wrench blade replacement operation, also has easy thumb lever blade guard riving knife removal. The dust collection is much better. All of these are small things but they add up, it’s a personal decision. I couldn’t talk myself into the price of a SawStop either and I just liked the Jet better then the Grizzly.

-- Earl

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#12 posted 11-22-2014 01:33 PM

I had the Jet Xacta before a SawStop. The Jet was a great saw and it was delivered to me. My biggest concern with buying a Grizzly is the delivery issues. Most probably have no problem at all and some have a lot of issues. IMHO the Jet is a better saw but the price is also higher. Grizzly makes a good saw for the price point.

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#13 posted 11-22-2014 02:16 PM

If you’re willing to be your own middleman, the savings on Grizzly have a lot of appeal. If you want dealer support and longer warranty, there’s a premium for those perks. These would all be great saws for a hobbyist IMHO….setup and blade choice will make up the bulk of the performance differences. I have a slight preference for the Jet Xacta II fence over the Shop Fox Classic on the Griz G1023RL, but both are nice Biese clone industrial duty fences.

These pics don’t tell the whole story, but they offer some insights about the castings and underpinnings of each. In many cases the saws are cast at the same factory. Things that get added and bolted on are what differs most. The first two pics are an older pre-riving knife era Griz 1023S compared to an older pre-riving knife Jet Xacta:

The next group are more modern post-riving knife Griz G0690, Laguna Platinum, Jet Xacta, and Griz 1023RL:

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#14 posted 11-22-2014 02:27 PM

The trunions on the griz look pretty beefy I wish there was some where I could go out hands on a jet cabinet saw my neighbor has a 1023 but haven’t been able to see a jet in person

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#15 posted 11-22-2014 08:17 PM

I’ve had a Jet 3 HP saw for 30 years and it will be my only saw. I don’t know about the quality of the new saws. It’s hard to compare a saw that is 30 years old with a new one from the same manufacturer. My inclination would be to look for a used saw. There are some real bargains out there, but you have to know what you are looking for. I would never buy a large piece of machinery without first checking it out; either new or used. If you must have a riving knife, then your choices will be limited to a newer saw.

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