Hi, I placed my order for my new saw today. Finally decided on a Grizzly
G1023S Cabinet saw. It should be here early next week. Has anyone got
any suggesstions about the assembly, such as any tricks or anything to watch
for or any steps you have to follow?
I don't have that particular model but something similar. Here are a few
1 - Have another person on standby for assembly. Attaching the cast iron
wings requires a second set of hands to hold them in place and flush while
you add the nuts and bolts. That second person will also help you
lift/maneuver the components as needed. Some are heavy!
2 - Position the base in the spot you want to keep it before you assemble
anything! It's twice the weight once you add the top.
3- While the top is off and you have easy access to the insides, use dry
lube of some variety to lube up the trunnions and other moving parts.
4 - If your rails do not have a tape measure pre-installed and you are
provided with a sticky back measure to apply yourself, ensure this goes on
parallel to the rails for best accuracy. You will need to build your rip
fence supplied with the machine first and square it up before applying the
measure tape (that was the case on my saw anyway).
5 - Spend an hour or three squaring up your table top, fence and miter slots
to the blade. Will save you hassles later.
Im sure there are more things here others will add to.
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You can get by without someone else with this saw. The wings are only about
Good idea. Now is the time to put it on a mobile base.
The top won't be off. You can do this anytime.
You do have a plug for it don't you? If not you have to buy one before you
can plug it in. I took this opportunity to put a longer cord on it as well.
Finally, don't listen to those guys who advocate gallons of kerosene etc. to
remove the cosmolene. Simply take a sharp scraper or razor blade and scrape
the bulk of it off. Then you will just need a few paper towels and a little
bit of solvent to get the rest off. The other way is not healthy and is
Oh, and the manual isn't so clear about where the washers go on the front
rail. They should go under the angle, not between the square tube and the
Which should be kerosene. It's far and away the most effective and
safest solvent to use for cosmolene. Don't listen to those guys who
advocate something else.
Yeah, if you drink it...
Of what? You're going to use a solvent one way or another. What's
wrong with kerosene?
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or if you spend an hour breathing fumes in an enclosed room
My point is that scraping the bulk of the cosmolene off is fast, free and
easy and that to clean up the remaining stuff you will use LESS solvent. I
can't imagine how long it would take to get all that stuff off just using
solvent and rags but I think it would take longer than scraping and cleaning
up with a bit of solvent after.
Nothing is wrong with kerosene as that solvent. I didn't say there was. It
is better than a lot of other things.
I ordered the 5hp version and set it up about 10 days ago. I was really
surprised at how dead on the miter slots were to the blade. They were
perfect. Even the miter guage came in at 90 degrees out of the box. I
believe mine has a different Shop Fox fence from yours, but I'm also
impressed with the ease of adjusting the alignment and perpendicularity
to the table. I never took the top off, but it would have been a lot
easier to get down to the cellar if I had. I didn't want to have to
take a chance of knocking it out of line. I also never had help putting
the wings on. It was a little tricky, but it is possible. Overall, I
thing Grizzly quality gets better and better. Good service too. I
ordered on the internet on a Thursday night for delivery to Iowa.
Friday morning a truck driver called to be sure I'd be home to help
unload on Monday.
I have that saw, it went together fine. My miter slots were not that
parallel to the blade and and had to work that out, but overall, I like it -
certainly more power than I can ever imagine needing.
The only tip I would give you is not to get in a hurry when it comes to
putting the wings on and making sure they are level with the table. This is
key not only for quality of cuts, but in the smooth operation of the fence.
I used mineral spirts to get the cosmolene off the table and wings, but have
learned since that there are better methods.
I prefer low/no-odor mineral spirits for most cleaning,
but when I want something squeaky clean in an instant,
lacquer thinner works very well (on unpainted parts.)
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Congrats Tony, you're going to love the saw. I love mine. Unlike DJ, my
miter slots came square to 0.0012 right out of the box. Give yourself a
couple hours to clean it off, attach the side wings (which you CAN do
yourself), and attach the fence. For cleaning I used carb cleaner from the
auto parts store. Works like a charm, but the VERY careful not to get any
on the paint. It'll take that off too. And also make sure you're in a very
well ventilated area.
Let us know how it goes.
I thought kerosene worked OK for me, and seemed not to threaten to blow up
the shop. I've used a citrus-based degreaser for smaller items,
particularly when at the adult ed shop, where the lawyers have asked that
we not use flammables, if at all possible. Seemed to work all right, but
more expensive, maybe. I don't know if I'd like to clean a cabinet saw
properly coated for transoceanic surface shipping with the stuff.
Lotsa rags or good paper towels. Latex/vinyl gloves. Good ventilation.
Patience. Proper disposal techniques for the crud.
One fire rather blows the whole, fun, 'new saw' experience all to heck.
I ordered the same model on the 15th. It is already available for
delivery/ or pickup in Minneapolis. The estimate put it between the
24th and 28th. I opted to pick it up at the depot this evening. Not
The falling prices on this model made it too hard to resist. My other
choices were the G1023S110 and the G0444z. All three required a power
upgrade to my shop (garage). I figured I might as well go with the 220
The timing of your question was perfect. I plan to use the comments
and suggestions in the replies to your post when assembling mine.
Thank you and good luck with yours.
Hi Eric, I wish u luck with yours to. I placed the order for my saw Mon.
and it's to be delivered Fri, 2morrow, nope not bad. I had ordered a
General Builders saw, but was kept being put off on when they'd be in, so
cancelled the order mon. Morn. and ordered the 1023S. Oh, where in MN do u
live? I have a sis. that lives in St. Cloud. I'm in Knoxville, TN.
Tony, I have the same saw. This saw was the easiest cabinet saw I ever
put together.I have put about 15 cabinet saws together, Jet, Delta,
If you have a helper he would come in handy. Took me about 1 1/2 hrs
to get up and running after unpacking and removing protective coating.
I imagine for someone who has not done this before it may take the
better part of a day.
One hint, if you bought the saw with the standard rails and you want
more capacity, you can move the rails to the right for a 38" rip.
Grizzly supplies the tap and drill with the saw. The trade off is you
cannot rip to the left of the blade, in 42 years I don't recall ever
ripping to the left of the blade.
That's an excellent suggestion that I hadn't thought of. I have a left tilt
saw of the same make and I can't imagine there being a difference as far as
the fence is concerned. How do you know how far to go to the right?
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