Grizzly G1022Z vs Delta 34-444

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Forum topic by LifeIsGood524 posted 04-25-2015 02:33 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-25-2015 02:33 PM

Hello Lumberjocks,

New to the forum. Looking to purchase my first tablesaw for odd jobs around the house. Planning to look at the following two saws today:

Grizzly G1022Z – asking $325 original owner (purchased ~2000) belt replaced several times over the years original fence

Delta 34-444 – asking $270 mid-80’s link belt looks like original fence

Not that it is relevant but both owners are upgrading to a Delta Unisaw.

Any and all comments welcome.


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#1 posted 04-25-2015 02:46 PM

Check to see prices on a used Unisaw, You might not be spending much more than what they’re asking compared to what I have seen on Craigslist at times.

It may be more than what you need right now, but you’ll be able to grow into it if you get more into woodworking or if not, you shouldn’t have a difficult time selling it either.

Of course, if space concerns are an issue, disregard everything I said, haha.

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#2 posted 04-25-2015 04:14 PM

I don’t like the fence on either at those price points. They’re similar designs….the Griz has grated cast wings, but I suspect the Delta is built a little better. The fact that the Delta has a link belt tells me someone cared about the setup enough to bother. I’d lean toward the Delta first, and would offer $200-$225 for either if they run well, and see if it sticks.

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#3 posted 04-25-2015 04:21 PM

I had the delta saw. I ended up replacing the fence with an Incra LS-TS fence due to accuracy issues.

Saw will bog down cutting 8/4 hardwood and leave burn marks even with a Forrest WW 2 blade.

Dust collection was a problem.

The steel stamped left table was not flat on my saw. I ground some off of one corner but still could not get the entire surface co-planer with the cast iron top.

Aligning the saw blade parallel to the miter gauge slot was hard. I added the PALS alignment kit and it helped greatly. It still shifted when tightening down the bolts.

I hope this helps with your decision.

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#4 posted 04-25-2015 04:46 PM

If the Delta had the Unifence, I’d say go with it. But with the fences both saws have I think I would just keep looking, figure the cost of a fence upgrade into the equation.

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#5 posted 11-19-2015 07:19 PM

The Delta 34-444 was probably one of the best built, and most popular contractor’s table saws out there in the professional trades. I shouldn’t have to explain why an American made Delta is better then a imported Grizzly. I’ve used a Delta 34-444 with a 30” Unfence, and full-size mobile base since 1995. This saw should last the rest of my lifetime, it’s been a very accurate and powerful saw because I plug it into an appropriate dedicated 230V circuit. I took care of the dust collection issue that is common with Contractor’s table saws in a efficient and professional looking manner, but the industry doesn’t want to hear about it because it doesn’t sell industrial cabinet saws. I’ve never regretted buying this saw, infact I’m proud to own it regardless of what anyone else thinks.

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