I've just about decided to make a big leap and spring for a Grizzly cabinet
saw. I haven't done any serious woodworking before but everything I read
here says to go for the best table saw you can afford and this is at
(probably over, really) the most I can spend. Grizzly's current sale
catalog expires 1-September, so I want to make a decision before then as to
which of 3 models and would appreciate advice. The 3 I'm considering are:
G1023S -- their base cabinet saw. $795
G1023SL -- left-tilting, and I think I understand the advantages of that.
However, other than that, the specs seem to read the same as the G1023S
except that the table is about 4" wider, it includes the dust port, and is
100 pounds heavier. $875
G1023Z -- tilting arbor, "deluxe" model (whatever that means). Has 'Shop
Fox' fence, whereas the above 1023S and the 1023SL have the 'Shop Fox
Classic' (Biesemeyer knockoff). Table size also 4" wider and 100 pounds
All cost another $75 for shipping.
1. One of the differences in the catalog description is that the G1023SL
says it has triple V-belt drive. However, the photo of the G1023 also shows
three belts. Is there any difference? If so, how much difference would it
make to me?
2. The extra 4" of cast-iron table can't totally explain why the SL and Z
are 100 pounds heavier than the S. (If it were 100# per 4" of table, the
table alone would weight 1000#, whereas the entire unit is 460#.) What
else would account for the weight difference?
3. The Z says it has "tilting arbor". Does this really mean that the S and
SL don't? If so, it is important? Why?
4. Any sound reasons to prefer the Shop Fox fence (on the Z) rather than
the Biesemeyer clone on the S and SL?
5. Given the things I've read about the benefits of left-tilting, it seems
to me the best options are the S and the SL. I would choose the SL because
of the left-tilt. If I were to choose the S over the SL it would be because
it's $100 cheaper. (I'm assuming the difference in fence on the Z is not
compelling.) Does that thinking sound reasonable?
6. Any other advice and wisdom?
7. Would anyone try to argue me down to a contractor's saw since I'm a
newbie? I.e., am I being foolish spending this much on a first purchase?