Tools #1: Grizzly G1023SL Table Saw

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Blog entry by AmandasHusband posted 03-23-2011 07:43 PM 6483 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve come across some deals on Craigslist since I’ve been tool hunting over the past year and a half. But the one I got this weekend was probably my best.

On Saturday March 12th, the listing “Grizzly Table Saw” popped up. In the descriptiion all it said was:

Grizzly table saw, seldom used, great condition, 120/240 V, extention table and shop fox fence. $400 Firm

It was only posted 15, maybe 20 minutes when I saw it. No phone number so I sent an email telling them I was very interested and asked some standard questions. Mainly, what’s the model number. The wife responded the next morning only saying her husband would get back to me.

Two days go by and nothing. I send another email telling her I’m still interested and waiting.

Three more days go by and still nothing. I again send an email, only this time giving her my phone number and telling her to call me if it’s still for sale.

So Saturday morning my phone rings. She tells me that her husband bought it new about 7 years ago, he said it has maybe 2 hours run time on it, it weighs five or six hundred pounds, and the manual says it’s a G1023SL.

When I asked her if anyone else was coming to see it, she said I was the first person she’d contacted since I was the first to respond. I asked her if it ran and told her I’d be there in an hour with $400. Don’t even worry about calling the others back.

The guy had it in his basement. Which was really like a big crawl space with a walk out door. We fired it up, I cut a piece of 3/4” plywood, shut it off, and I reached into my pocket giving him $400 trying to keep a straight face.

My dad and I were talking on the way there. He hates his Skil tablesaw and has always said he’d take my Delta 36-600 when I upgraded. So since he owed me $60 for the Porter Cable 371 belt sander I picked up for him on clearance a couple months ago at Lowes, he said he’d give me $140 for my Delta 36-600. Which comes with a mobile base, my box joint jig I’m almost done making, and a half dozen 8” & 7 1/4” blades I keep for it.

Point being, for $200 I upgraded to a cabinet saw this weekend.

We took the rails and wings off dropping the weight to 300-325 I guess. My dad and I were able to get it outside while the guy I bought it from was pumping up the tires to the dolley. The three of us were able to lift it into the bed of my dads truck. It wasn’t too bad really. Not as bad as I thought that is.

It came with a pretty flimsy extension table that the guy made for it, 2 blades (a craftsman and a freud), the blade guard, the manual, a dado insert, and a bench dog blade lock (as it only came with one wrench). He also threw in a Shop Fox stand I believe costs $50 from Grizzly.

There was some very minor surface rust on the top. I put some Rust Free and a coat of Johnsons paste wax on her and she’s shiny and as smooth as can be. Now I just need to get my garage wired and set up so I can use it.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#1 posted 03-23-2011 07:53 PM

man that is a find! I just got the Go715 and love it, cost me a lot more than $200 and I gave my old Sears saw to a friend.

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#2 posted 03-23-2011 08:01 PM

Hope you have good luck with it!!

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#3 posted 03-23-2011 08:08 PM

Think that qualifies for a


-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#4 posted 03-23-2011 08:43 PM

I think it’s safe to say that some of us are green with envy. I’m glad this happened for you.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 03-23-2011 08:59 PM

WOW, jealous doens’t even begin to say how i feel….. congrats on the great find…..

-- John Gray

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#6 posted 03-23-2011 09:06 PM

Craigslist can be a gold mine sometimes. I just pick an awesome jointer .

Congrats on a great score/steal.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#7 posted 03-23-2011 09:27 PM

I was going to mention that I almost bought a PM66 back in November at an auction. Went in with a limit of a grand for that saw. Didn’t know it until right before they started the bidding, but the Porter Cable 3 1/4 HP router, and Bench Dog router lift that were sitting next to the extension table were being sold with the PM66. $1650 to me and I declined. He got it for $1600. I was dissapointed, but now I’m glad I didn’t get it.

Gary – I just saw your post a minute ago. Congrats man! That jointer is sweet. Your deal tops mine big time.

-- In this world there's two kinds of people my friend. Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.

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#8 posted 03-24-2011 03:06 AM

What a steal! I am extremely envious. Someday…....

-- Tim from MA -- "Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franlin

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#9 posted 03-24-2011 03:28 AM

I bought the same saw at an estate auction last summer. Mine has the 52” table extension, outfeed rollers, and a mobile base…but suffice it to say….I paid WAY MORE $$$$ than $400

I hope that you enjoy your machine as much as I love mine….a great buy my friend…enjoy!


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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matt garcia

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#10 posted 03-24-2011 03:50 AM

Man that’s a beauty!! I’m jealous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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