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Posted on G0690 vs. G1023 - riving knife/spreader and fence differences?

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#1 posted 10-29-2014 10:15 AM

I have both saws back-to-back in the shop. The 690 is crosscut only and the 1023 is rip only. Both perform well and I am very satisfied with the purchases.

The riving knife on the 690 is much easier to change. With the 1023 you must be a bit of a contortionist to work the clamp and lift the guard or riving knife from its position. And the clamp isn’t that positive. I had a kick-back last year that tore the guard out of the clamp and off the saw. Once I received a new clamp I found I wasn’t able to apply any more pressure to the clamp. If I tightened up any more on the bolt through the clamp then the clamp wouldn’t close. I will not use that saw without a guard.

Dust collection on the 690 is okay but I improved it dramatically by increasing the size of the opening and dust collection pipe to 6”. I no longer have any residue left in the bottom of the saw. Adding a heater vent to the motor door also helped in getting proper air flow through the cabinet of the saw.

The 1023 dust collection is pitiful. The small hose connected to the shroud under the blade clogs easily and completely requiring the user to remove the side of the shroud to clear the clog. I removed the shroud, small hose and enlarged the opening on the back of the cabinet to 6” and added another heater vent to the door. When ripping with the 1023, there are almost no debris left in the bottom of the cabinet.

The dust collection port is divided up into two sections, one for the small hose and the balance for the cabinet. Extra poor design and doesn’t work well for either.

Would I buy another 690 or 1023, sure would.

BTW I have a Shop Fox mobile base under both saws as well as the 20” Grizzly planer I have in the shop. They are a little difficult to assemble but all do their job as intended. The planer weighs 900 or so pounds and is somewhat easy to move when necessary. normally all the tools stay put but can be moved for cleaning.

-- David

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