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Forum topic by Don K. posted 06-07-2009 06:15 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don K.

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06-07-2009 06:15 PM

I just seen this…and thought it looked nice. While I am a Grizzly man when it comes to tools now….I know there are MANY good saws out there….and Delta is trying to gain back the market share they seemed to have lost…this new saw looks REALLY NICE !!!! and has a brand new trunnion system. It’s a little pricey…but if it is what you want…who cares.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#1 posted 06-07-2009 06:23 PM

Hey Don
Thanks for the info

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#2 posted 06-07-2009 06:36 PM

The new Uni and the Grizzly may both be tablesaw but they aren’t in the same league.

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#3 posted 06-07-2009 07:01 PM

March, what facts do you have to back that statement up?

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#4 posted 06-07-2009 07:03 PM

Hi Don,

The majority of the early reviews on this revamped Unisaw are not in the, shall I say, very good to excellent category. I imagine Delta hoped it would be an item on par with the PM2000 and the SawStop. Each person has to make up their own mind as to what tool to buy according to their needs and desires. That being said, as you all know, we rely heavily on the opinons of others to help make our decisions and again, from reviews I have read on this saw (magazines and reviews on other sites), Delta fell short in its attempt to update their top of the line tablesaw. I am certain it is a quality built and highly functional machine but didn’t make the top of my wish list.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 06-07-2009 08:52 PM

Thanks for the info Don. I’ll stick to the Grizzly.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 06-07-2009 11:00 PM

Same here Cabinetmaster…..I LOVE my new Grizzly…but I also know they are not for everyone…just thought I would post a link to their new saw for those who have not seen it.

Lenny…where have you been Thanks for the review reports on the saw. As I said…..I went a different way…so since I bought mine, I have not really been keeping up with all the other saw reviews.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 06-08-2009 01:03 AM

The first fact is that it is marc B not marc H

I picked a grizzly saw at random, full cabinet saw, 10” blade riving knife etc
Motor efficiency (IE it will cost you a little more every time you turn the motor on)
Grizzly 68%
Delta 85%

Since my experience with grizzly is that 3HP, shale we say, a hope at best that goes into the equation as well.

New Unisaw top, extra large
Grizzly saw top, regular size.

As I own the original extra large top 10” cabinet saw (Walker Turner) I’m partial to that weighing in more. You really don’t know what your missing.

Small revamps that make the saw easier to use on the Delta side are the larger throat opening, push button arbor lock and the dial angle display which is much more accurate

Small revamps on the grizzly include…. nothing Unless you count the fact that the top is “AT THE VERY LEAST, equal to the saw you are comparing to ” Note the lack of any sort of spec.

Unisaw – single piece trunnion creates a wave dampening effect reducing vibration. Similar to the powermatic design however advances in CAE tech have allowed Delta to tweak out the geometry to increase it.

The Grizzly fence in general (not sure how many version of it they have but the ones I’ve seen) are pretty nice, but not in the same class as a Bies. The new Bies that Delta put together with the new Uni is even better than my old one (and I’m the old or nothing type).

The last time I had a Grizzly saw apart helping the owner repair dead bearings (chinese bearings, blech) there was paint on the milled surfaces.

Oh yeah, Chinese bearings big minus on their part.

I can go on. If needed I can probably get my hands on a vibration meter and compare that if you want.

I’ve used the new Uni and know 2 people who have purchased them, 1 of which wheeled out and sold his Powermatic 2000

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#8 posted 06-08-2009 02:15 AM

Look guys
we all have are favorite brands of tools we like and have had good luck with. For the money I’ve have good luck with Grizzly. and recommend them to others . Does that mean your Delta, PM,Saw Stop and others suck?
No. We all go with what we know Chevy, ford,chrysler etc. So I don’t see any reason to get all hot an bothered when Don says the “Delta looks Nice” All off us have had different experiences with different tools.
Tools come at different price points and different features, That’s great we all have choices of what we like best and can afford. So Lets enjoy and appreciate what the others have to share about there tools or if someone says a particular tool looks nice.
Hey Marcb I’d like to see that new saw will it be in your shop photo’s ?

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#9 posted 06-08-2009 03:28 AM

I just came back because my post was a little snarky. But then I had to go eat dinner, etc and the edit is now expired.

1) I don’t love delta, actually in a different thread I bashed their hybrid compared to Rigid and others.
2) Chrysler and Chevy are dying you might not want to talk about them ;) Ford is only surviving because they mortgaged everything a couple years ago and put an actual plan together.
3) I don’t own the Unisaw, just used it. I own an old Walker Turner (bought by Rockwell then passed on with the other Delta stuff when sold off) which has the large top that is similar to the uni topsize.

I have never bashed Grizzly but comparing a standard consumer class import tablesaw to a 2K Uni that had some serious cash put into the engineering is just silly.

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