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02-02-2015 02:59 PM

Hello all, I’m pretty new to woodworking and am looking to upgrade my Dewalt benchtop table saw to a contractor style. $1500 is my budget. I can run it at 220V. I’ve been looking at the Delta 36-5152 but would appreciate any other input. Thanks

-- Ryan-woodworking since 2014

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 03:22 PM

Grizzly 1023

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#2 posted 02-02-2015 03:29 PM

I like by Grizzly band saw and would consider their table saws. Whatever saw you buy get a left tilt (the top of the blade tilts towards the left) saw. Right tilt saws with the fence on the right are harder to make angled cuts.

If you have the money look at the StopSaw contractor’s saw.

Your profile does not list where you are located. By fall I plan to replace my Delta contractors saw (1.5HP, 10” blade, right tilt) and mobile base with the commercial version of the StopSaw. Are you anywhere near St. Louis Missouri?

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#3 posted 02-02-2015 03:33 PM

$1500 is a lot of money to spend on a contractor saw. You could get a nice (new) cabinet saw for that, and if you watch for used you can get a cabinet saw for a lot less. I’ve even seen some Sawstop PCS models (a 1.75 HP one) sell for less than that (used). I’m not sure I would get that Delta, tho. Nothing against the saw, but the company seems to be going through some pains right now that you may want to avoid.

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#4 posted 02-02-2015 03:50 PM

Not that it’s a bad saw, but for $1500 you could do a lot better than that Delta. The Grizzly 1023 and 0690 immediately come to mind. They’re true cabinet saws, plus 3hp motor.

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#5 posted 02-02-2015 03:57 PM

Go Grizz and get sustainable customer/parts service. Delta is too screwed up to even enter into the equation.


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#6 posted 02-02-2015 04:13 PM

If you’re willing to be your own middleman and reap the cost advantages of that, the Grizzly G1023RL, G1023RLW, or G1023RLX are tough to top starting @ $1400 shipped. 3hp industrial cabinet saw with dovetail ways, and a good Biese clone fence. That particular Delta is half the saw the Grizzly is IMO… the Griz is more like a Unisaw than the 36-5152.

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#7 posted 02-02-2015 04:28 PM

For $1500, I would be looking at a 3 hp cabinet saw; either used or new. New saws can be had at Grizzly and Woodtek (Woodworkers Supply). You may be able to find a used Unisaw or Jet or Powermatic in that price range.

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#8 posted 02-02-2015 04:34 PM

For $1500, I would be looking at a 3 hp cabinet saw; either used or new. New saws can be had at Grizzly and Woodtek (Woodworkers Supply). You may be able to find a used Unisaw or Jet or Powermatic in that price range.

- MrRon

I agree with MrRon. I got my unisaw for about $1,200 on Craigs List and could not be happier with it. If you really want new I would go Grizzley.

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#9 posted 02-02-2015 04:46 PM

Thank you all for the input! I realize few things that attracted me to the Delta are bells and whistles, like the mobile base and extension wing. I realize these are things I can always add on to a Grizzly, but this would add to price point. The Delta shipped to my door for right at $1400. The Grizz 1023RLX would be over $1800 shipped, not including a mobile base. The 3HP motor is definitely a noted upgrade with the Grizz. The mobile base isn’t a deal breaker, but my shop size is limited (17’ x 20’) so being able to move would be a big convenience.

I am definitely going to do more research on Grizzly. Honestly the low prices for their cabinet saw scared me away. But with all the recommendations I will gladly reconsider.

San Antonio, TX

-- Ryan-woodworking since 2014

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#10 posted 02-02-2015 05:13 PM

The bulk of the cost savings from Grizzly are due to not having dealer markup, and only having a 1 year warranty. You do need to balance out what’s important to you, but lack of quality for hobby usage isn’t an issue IMO. Their G0690 is identical to the former Laguna Platinum, Baleigh, Oliver, Craftex 200, and Shop Fox W1819 3hp cabinet saws. If budget is the hold up, the G1023RL’s rails can be slid over 10” for 36” cutting capacity….$1400 to your door…then you can build your own mobile base, or buy one down the road.

If not Grizzly, Steel City, Shop Fox, Laguna, Jet, GI, Rikon and even possibly PM all have saws that I would look to over that particular Delta. The Delta 36-725 has proven to be a pretty decent saw for $500, but adding longer rails, and a slightly more powerful motor to the equation doesn’t change the class of saw that it is….check the weight differences from the Delta hybrid to an industrial 3hp cabinet saw. Sometimes it’s wiser in the long run to invest slightly more money to get more than to stay in budget and get less.

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#11 posted 02-02-2015 05:14 PM

Just my own opinion. No way in hell I’m putting 1400$ on a hybrid saw.

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#12 posted 02-02-2015 05:31 PM

HoffShop – I have the Delta 36-725 (almost the same 5000 series you are looking at.
It’s 600$ at lower, but easy to get for about 500$
Unbeatable fo the pice, and 90% of the 5000 series foe 1/3 the cost.
The mobile base world extremely well. I move my saw all the time and every time I goggle because it’s so effortless.
I see two options for you: this saw, or a “real” cabinet saw like the guys suggested. Gruffly is a very good option and the support is excellent. This is very important. And for the record, my interactions with Delta support have been stellar.

Depending on what you really need, you could be very happy for such less.
Check the threads on the 36-725 here.
Good luck

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#13 posted 02-03-2015 12:55 AM

I am looking at the 1023RL as well. Hoping to get it in the next month.
My thought about the difference between the RL and the RLX ($300) very easy to buy Angle and Square tube and make an extension for a lot less. If I were going to spend the $300 I would think about this Out feed roller. But there again there are several ways to make a folding out feed table too.

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#14 posted 02-03-2015 01:07 AM

Grizzly 1023RLW for me. I have had it two years. No complaints. It is the last table saw you will need to buy in your lifetime, at least it will be in my lifetime.
They are heavy. Don’t forget to buy a mobile base for it.

Good luck.

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#15 posted 02-03-2015 01:23 AM

I just bought the Grizzly 1023 mobile base zero clearance insert with lift gate service for $1568

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