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02-05-2016 06:34 PM

Does anyone have an opinion about whether the fence on the G0690 or the G1023 is better? Not sure why the difference. I am trying to decide between those 2 saws, and one consideration is getting the one with the better fence. I have read countless forums here an other places about this same dilemma in selecting which saw to buy, and still I am on the fence (no pun intended). I think either saw is more than sufficient for me, so its kind of coming down to the fence. If anyone here is running one saw or the other, I’d be open to hear opinions about the saw and or fence if you have experience with either. Thanks!

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 09:36 PM

While G0690 is a beefier saw it does not seem to translate to the fences. Strangely G1023 fence looks larger on paper both the width of the fence and the height of the rail. I have never tried either, so ignore my opinion if you wish.

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 10:06 PM

Before I discovered I’d have to pay the better part of $1000 for 220V outlet installation I was trying to decide between those models. I spoke briefly to a tech at Grizzly and while I can’t remember the reasoning, he basically said definitely the G1023. It may have been in part due to having a different mechanism to raise/lower the blade and I seem to remember reading the fence was also of slightly higher quality, but I’m sure some of the more knowledgeable folk will chime in soon. While I’d never rely solely on someone’s opinion that works for the company I’m buying from, they were very friendly and helpful, you should give them a call.

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 10:33 PM

1023 with the Shop Fox Aluma Classic fence. You won’t be unhappy.

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 10:43 PM

I have had the G0691, which is a G0690 with the table extension, for about 2 years. I have been very pleased with the fence. Minimal adjusting when I set the table up, and have never had to readjust.

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 10:56 PM

I got anxious and pulled the trigger today on the G0690. I like the extra rip capacity right of the blade over the standard 1023. Seems like there are good thing said about both saws out there, for my needs it should be more than satisfactory.

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#6 posted 02-06-2016 12:06 AM

I cant say anything about the other, but the aluma classic has been a great fence for me for 8 years.

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#7 posted 02-06-2016 12:17 AM

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#8 posted 02-06-2016 12:25 AM

I have the 1023. Have had it for about 8 years now, mostly happy with it. Lots of power, the fence is very good. I’ve worked with powermatic 66 and this fence is comparable. Some things about the saw are not as good but can be corrected for a few $$$.

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#9 posted 02-06-2016 12:25 AM

They tend to change the labels around on the fences, but AFAIK the fence on the G1023RL is basically the Shop Fox Classic. The G0690 is pretty much the same saw as the Laguna, Baileigh, Craftex, Shop Fox, Harvey, and likely others, and all have the same fence….it’s similar to the Shop Fox Classic, but not identical, though both are Biesemeyer type designs. It looks like the fence tube on the SF Classic is a little wider. I haven’t checked the dimensions on the front rails of either, but I do know that the SF Classic fence will fit on the rails of the older Biese fence, Jet Xacta, PM Accufence, and HTC fences….possibly others like the Saw Stop T-Glide and Steel City Industrial fence. The rip capacity on either one can easily be slid to the right to “gain about 10 more rip capacity without drilling.

G1023RL Fence:


G0690 Fence:

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