I own the Grizzly model you are considering. I wanted a Delta Unisaw
but ended up with a Grizzly because of the price. My saw arrived with
a poorly machined left miter slot. The slot was narrower towards the
front of the saw than the rear which resulted in too much slop when
using the miter. I called Grizzly and was told to send the table top
back. It took about 3 weeks to get back a replacement top ( Grizzly
paid freight both ways ). The new top was milled correctly and I have
had no other problems. I'd buy one again, although if I had the
money, I'd still prefer the Delta. In my opinion, the machining of
the table top is just about the most important factor in saw
selection. If the miter slots are not perfectly sized and parallel,
you'll have trouble switching your fence and/or miter from left to
right of the blade and building jigs that required the use of 2 slots.
Thanks for the tips guys. One of the things Dave mentioned is the
quality/flatness/etc. of the top. This is one of the reasons i got
rid of my delta contractor saw. The table on both side bowed slight
in towards the throat. When cutting smaller pieces the blade would
not be 90 degrees to the table as it would change as the distance out
from the blade increased. VERY frustrating. I can afford the time to
send a top back to a manufacturer if required as I am not in constant
need of my saw. This is simply a hobby for me (one of many) but I do
like to have quality equipment. I was spoiled working with a friend
when we used to build speaker cabinets. He was a stickler for quality
joints and therefore had quality equipment. It is hard to shake that
mentality/desire. I think I will hold out for that 3 HP cabinet saw
be it Jet or Grizzly.
Thanks again all for the info.
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