OK...I have been shopping around for a table saw and after many long hours
researching various saws I think I have come down to two possibilities. The
list has been cut down to
Both 10" contractor cast iron table saws with cast iron wings. For the most
part they seem pretty close to identical and both appear to have good
reviews. My question is, does anybody have any experiences either good or
bad with either of these units? Comments?
"> No experience with the two saws but I have had experience with grizzly's
I understand Grizzly is backorderd on several items now so this is good,
timely advice. However, my experience with Griz has been very good. I
ordered a 1023S cabinet saw from them a couple of years ago. It hit the
local trucker's dock about 36 hours after I placed the internet order. It
came out of Springfield which is about 250 to 300 miles from here.
Experience on smaller tools, via UPS has been a week or less.
I have had the G0444Z for about 9 months now. Love it. When I
ordered, they said it was back-ordered due to more initial sales than
expected, and said it would arrive in about 6 weeks. Well, less than
10 days later it was in my garage. I think Grizzly might
over-estimate the time in case there are additional delays, but YMMV
on the wait.
The saw is accurate, aligned well, and cuts very nicely. I plan on
getting more green machines for the workshop.
I too have some Grizley machines and honestly I find them to be
a very good Value... However I have been running a Jet Cabinet saw
for the last 15 years or so...(ordered with a Biesmeyer fence from the
I picked this saw over the Unisaw ONLY because the top was machined
"nicer" then the Unisaw.... hell of a reason I admit but that is the
plain truth...and I have absolutely no regrets...
I do not know if you have severe space limitations BUT If I was going
to open my wallet and drop 6 to 800 bucks on a Tablesaw I would also
think about blowing the budget a few more hundred and look at the
Grizley Cabinet Saw.... I am not a fan of the new Hybird saws BUt
you may want to look at them also...
I never really understood the claim that a cabinet saw takes up so
much room... I also have a Delta Contractors saw set up and the saw
itself takes up as much room as the Cabinet saw..... minue the
extention tables, and outfeed table... ????
Is your cabinet saw on wheels or does it stand in place? That's where most
of us that don't use a cabinet saw see the big drawback to our situations.
More mobility is a big thing. My Contractor's saw takes up a lot of floor
space but when I'm not using it I roll it to some other part of the garage.
The mobile base for a cabinet saw is no more costly than the mobile base for
the contractor's saw. Outfeed tables can be constructed to fold down against
the saw, and it's easily possible to find mobile bases that accept the
extension table. If a contractor's saw is outfitted to the same degree the
cabinet saw is, there's not a smidgen of difference in mobility, except for a
few pounds, which is no problem for most people.
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It's actually the weight that I would have thought would have been the most
prohibitive. My contractor's saw, even with extensions and base are quite
manageable, but I would have thought the cabinet saw would be a different
The real reason I have a contractor's saw though, is that's what I got my
hands on first. It was passed on down to me a long time ago and it replaced
a smaller version of itself. It's a good saw, has been worth putting the
small amount of effort into trueing up and building out, so, I guess it'll
Even if they're double the weight of a contractor's saw, it's probably still
not more than you can manage to shove around on a mobile base. I can move
2000+ pounds on a pallet jack. It's the same kind of thing. I sure
couldn't budge 2000 pounds without those handy dandy wheels.
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Right - but most people don't keep pallet jacks laying around the garage.
Just thinking about the practical aspects. There's usually a pretty big
difference between what can be done with a tool like that and what can
practically be done with smaller rollers. I'm not contesting that it can be
done, I certainly understand how wheels improve mobility - I was more
commenting on how common and how practical it is to make a cabinet saw as
mobile as a contractor's saw.
Mine's on wheels. I haven't seen a cabinet saw yet that dosen't have
at least one mobile base available for it.
I like mobile bases for the simple fact that the tools end up taller,
which is easier on my 6' frame.
Very exciting times when you are making a big purchase like this.
Nowadays it's really hard to go wrong, there are lots of great tools
out there and you generally get what you pay for.
As I see it, the Grizzly contractors saw you mentioned is about $600
and the Jet is about $750 with seemingly pretty much the same specs.
What you will find is that the Grizzly stuff won't have quite the fit
and finish of some other tools. Don't get me wrong, I own and have
used Grizzly equipment and it works well. If I had both saws in front
of me I would just work over the fences a bit and see if the Jet was
worth $150 more.
In a recent cabinet saw review the Jet cabinet was given nearly as
high of marks as the Delta Unisaw and it's 25% less expensive. The
Grizzly was given good marks except for the Shop Fox fence which had
lock down and deflection problems.
I really like Grizzly. I'll be buying thousands of dollars of their
machinery in the coming year but I would "probably" shy away from
buying a precision tool from them.
All that being said, if you are sneaking up toward that $1000 mark you
might look at the "Super Saws" Both Jet and DeWalt make these. They
are more like $900. They have a lot more heft and perform much more
like a cabinet saw than any contractor saw. They are also expandable
with extension tables and sliding tables, etc. I have looked over both
of these hands-on and the Dewalt has a far better fence than the Jet.
Personnaly, I would rather buy the Dewalt Super Saw than a Grizzly
cabinet of the same price.
Hope this isn't confusing, just my experience. Also, I looked at the
Rockler website and I don't see any table saws at all, let alone this
new Delta cabinet for $900 but it sounds interesting.
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