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blkcheech

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04-15-2015 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: recommendation 1000 question tablesaw

I am looking to upgrade my tablesaw. I currently have a cheap Craftsman contractor saw. It does OK, but it has a small rip capacity, and the miter channel has the annoying protrusions that make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to make and kind of jigs for it like a cross cut sled. So I am looking to upgrade. I have a budget of around $1000 (maybe just a bit more), obviously the less I spend the more other tools I can buy though. I was looking at a few different options but I am not sure if I have missed any. What I am looking to do with it, is this:

1. small amount of cabinet building. I won’t be making a lot, but a few for around the house.
2. Mostly interested in making tables and other projects.
3. need something that is or can be mobile to push to the side of my garage
4. nothing super huge as I have a limited amount of storage area in my garage.

Brands/models I am considering (in no particular order:

1. Rigid R4512 – I know there are issues with alignment, but I also heard if you get a good one they are nice for the money

2. Delta 36-725 – seems like a good saw for the price. People have raised concerns about possible customer service issues and it seems making a zero clearance insert is not possible, but it looks like Lowes may sell them.

3. Grizzly – G0771 – looks like a great option, but in searching I have found no place that sells a zero insert or dado insert and I am not sure if one can be made. I like that it is pre wired for 115 as that is all I have. Also not sure about the fence. Saw some people complain about it. Have to have it shipped and could get damaged.

4. Grizzly – G0715P – seems like the saw everyone says to get instead of all the others. comes 220 which won’t work for me, but can be rewired, so not a huge deal. Overall seems good, but also has the largest size overall so would take up the most space in my garage. Would have to get it shipped and could get damaged.

Any saws I am overlooking or anything I am not considering? Any input is GREATLY appreciated.


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#1 posted 04-15-2015 11:33 PM

The 771 comes with a dado insert. It’s listed in the parts list. The fence is probably pretty good, just not as long as the one on the 715. The zero insert should be a standard size. You should read about the problems others have had with the 715 and its alignment issues.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 04-15-2015 11:38 PM

The 715 has alignment problems too? Man, it is impossible to find something that doesn’t have something wrong with it. One additional question for everyone, do I need more than 30 inch rip capacity? I am thinking it would be good, and I see that Delta makes a saw that has a 52” rip capacity )36-5152. I see it has the mobile base, but the legs on the extension table seem fixed. Anyone have experience with it? Is it still mobile enough to tuck it into a corner of my garage when not needed?

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#3 posted 04-15-2015 11:47 PM

The G0771 looks to be the best option under $1k right now since it doesn’t have the alignment issues. I just bought one myself. The fence isn’t as nice as the G0715P, but that can be replaced. The alignment issues of the 0715 can’t be fixed easily.

Either buy a used cabinet saw, or the 771 is my vote. There’s no listing of any zero clearance inserts for the 771, but I think it should be easily made. Let me take some measurements tonight for you.

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#4 posted 04-15-2015 11:52 PM

The Grizzly G0690 is a beast and just went on sale for $1150.

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#5 posted 04-15-2015 11:59 PM



The Grizzly G0690 is a beast and just went on sale for $1150.

- scvwood27

I am seeing it listed for $1395?

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#6 posted 04-16-2015 12:06 AM

I recently bought the Lowe’s version of the 36-5xxxx saws, the 36-725. I think it uses same or very similar legs/mobile base setup. Once all assembled and tightened up it works good. Only the single wheel on one side swivels and the other two are non-swiveling. So, you have to steer it into place, if that makes sense. It is really stable. I wheeled it around my little shop last weekend as I needed room and was not using saw since I am working on a large table. I’m sure the table saw experts can add to this, but looking at the specs, the 36-5xxxx series has larger motors and options for cast iron extensions and wider rip capacities. Mine is a 1.5hp and it ripped 8/4 white oak easily with a Marples 24T blade. I did feed a little slower than 1” stuff. Lowe’s had it for $549.

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#7 posted 04-16-2015 12:08 AM

PS – ZCI inserts can be made for the 36-725. There are a few examples here at LJ.

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#8 posted 04-16-2015 12:11 AM

This came in the mail today. Sale from April 15 to July 31.

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#9 posted 04-16-2015 12:14 AM

-10 ☆’s…same old crap.

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#10 posted 04-16-2015 12:29 AM

If I could ever be sure the 715’s issue has been fixed, it would be my next saw, but right now my grizzly go575 does everything I need. It’s a contractor saw, but it came with the shop fox aluma Classic fence which I love. They only have one true contractor saw left and I bet they discontinue that soon. I doubt you need a 50” fence. Occasionally I have wanted more, but I really don’t have the room. A saw with a 50” rip capacity isn’t exactly gonna “tuck” into a corner.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 04-16-2015 12:33 AM


A saw with a 50” rip capacity isn t exactly gonna “tuck” into a corner.

- firefighterontheside


Good point. And, I’m not sure I would want to wrestle with a piece large enough to be ripped 50”...

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#12 posted 04-16-2015 01:09 AM


A saw with a 50” rip capacity isn t exactly gonna “tuck” into a corner.

- firefighterontheside

Good point. And, I m not sure I would want to wrestle with a piece large enough to be ripped 50”...

- hotbyte

I agree 100%, the problem is I could see 36” being useful but it seems like all my options are 30” or 52”.

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#13 posted 04-16-2015 01:14 AM

For the few times that I have had need for more than 30”, I just saved the piece that was to the left of the blade.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#14 posted 04-16-2015 01:35 AM

Used Unisaw or Powermatic 66.

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#15 posted 04-16-2015 01:38 AM


A saw with a 50” rip capacity isn t exactly gonna “tuck” into a corner.

- firefighterontheside

Good point. And, I m not sure I would want to wrestle with a piece large enough to be ripped 50”...

- hotbyte

I agree 100%, the problem is I could see 36” being useful but it seems like all my options are 30” or 52”.

- blkcheech

If the saw is left tilt, you can often slide the fence rails to the right for more capacity.
http://lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/34563

For a new saw under $1K, I’d look at the G0771 or maybe the 36-725 if budget wouldn’t allow the G0771. A good used saw is a viable option if the right deal comes along.

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