New Grizzly G0690 or Used '01 Delta Unisaw? Opinions wanted!

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Blog entry by Brad_Nailor posted 11-18-2009 05:16 AM 11925 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was about to order (literally, I was about to order the saw) my Grizzly G0690 when I see an add on Craigslist for a 2001 Delta unisaw with a 52” real Beismeyer fence, table board and legs and a Delta mobile base. I have been emailing with the seller and he assures me that the saw is like brand new..he bought it new in ‘01 and used it rarely for home improvement projects and some cabinet making. The saw is dialed in perfect and the table is dead runout on the arbor…its like new. It looks real nice in the pics in the add. I am torn now..he wants $1000.00 for it..the Griz is $1300.00 with shipping…Soooooo Do I opt for the NEW saw with the smaller fence and some real nice features….or do I opt for a tried and true classic, solid Delta Unisaw….with a REAL 52” Beismeyer thats 9 years old, but not used in a commercial setting. I maybe could even bargin him down to 800 or 900 so I would be saving money. Both saws are 3HP single phase 220V, so theres no trade off in power…

Help me I need opinions…right now I am really leaning twords the Delta…..But I like the Griz, too…


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#1 posted 11-18-2009 05:18 AM


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#2 posted 11-18-2009 05:24 AM

That thing looks really nice. I’d snap it up in a heartbeat. I spent twice as much as I could afford back in the 90’s and had to scrap when I bought my UniSaw and it was the best thing I ever did. It’s tried and ture and as far as I’m concerned there isn’t a saw on the market that can hold a candle to it then or now. If I was looking and didn’t have a UniSaw I’d consider any model maybe even back to the 30’s, they are built and designed well. What do they say, copying is the best complement? Which is what a lot of manufacturers have tried to do.

You gotta be kiddin’ Dan.

And if needed you can still get parts for them for long after any of the imports. That’s always been Delta’s strong point. I got parts within a week for the 70’s vintage RAS I was restoring, show me an import vendor that can do that. Oh, most of them haven’t been around that long…

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#3 posted 11-18-2009 05:25 AM

You get a warranty with the Grizzly. What do you get with the unisaw?

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#4 posted 11-18-2009 05:29 AM

Uni hands down.

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#5 posted 11-18-2009 05:31 AM

I would purchase which ever saw has the cabinet mounted trunion system. I would not purchase a saw with table mounted trunions. If the trunion system is the same on both, then the price difference is definately relevant.Just my opinion!

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#6 posted 11-18-2009 05:31 AM

I have to say the more I look at it and talk to the seller the more i want it! I mean the griz is a nice saw..I was really liking it for the money..but I feel like the Delta even though it is older its in great shape, has the bes t fence you can buy for a table saw..every other fence is just a beismeyer copy. But theres always that little thought in the back of my mind, like Ken said..wheres my warranty? But thats the gamble you have to take when buying used equipment. If its half as nice as it looks and this guy says it is its worth the money he wants for it…


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#7 posted 11-18-2009 05:33 AM

SawStop! Just kidding :)

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#8 posted 11-18-2009 05:33 AM

Brad, I got the same unisaw, it’s great. talk him down to sweetin the deal. You should run it though, to make sure the motors good. Ask him for the manual too. Double check the manufacture date, it looks older than my 98 model. Still a great saw.

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#9 posted 11-18-2009 05:47 AM

I too used to shun used equipment but now I seek it. They are just built better. Heavier castings, before they had computer programs to tell them how they can skimp to just make it strong “enough”. And I’m willing to do any restoration and spend a few more bucks, you land up with a much better machine in the end. I’d put up the two Delta Drill Presses from the 40’s I’m restoring against anything out there today geared towards the home market. Whoopee you might get a laser which you can add but the casting are half as thick nowadays.

And a warranty, whoopee. Maybe with Grizzly you need one… (Read between the lines.)

[I think I’ll jump into my flame retardant suit now. :) ]

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#10 posted 11-18-2009 05:47 AM

Jim, LOL

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#11 posted 11-18-2009 05:50 AM

Brad, ask him for the serial number you can call Delta and they can give you the manufacturing date from it and you might be able to determine it yourself over at OWWM

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#12 posted 11-18-2009 06:16 AM

I say go with the Delta, but not before you have a chance to do a visual inspection. Even the most detailed photo can be deceiving. If it is in the condition it’s advertised, then there’s no reason that saw shouldn’t last for 30, 40 or more years (my father had a Rockwell that was over 50 years old before he got a used Unisaw)

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#13 posted 11-18-2009 07:21 AM

Delta Unisaw for sure. I’ve got a ‘09 X5 with all the goodies. I love this sucker. Can’t beat Delta saws.
I’d pass on that Grizzly in a heartbeat, even tho it is new. I owned a couple of Grizzlys—broke down- both of them. To me, they are a piece of crap. Never again, I said. I own a lot of Delta tools—no trouble with any of them. Go for it. But—take heed like the guys above said.

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#14 posted 11-18-2009 02:29 PM

Brad I just went through the comaparison shopping and ended up with a new Delta Uni. I love it and I’m sure my grandkids will too.

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#15 posted 11-18-2009 10:35 PM

I live in ct.and I think you go with the delta,If I needed a tablesaw I would grab it.

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