GRIZZLY G0690 AND G1023 owners a few questions

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Forum topic by Jonczyk23 posted 01-29-2017 07:46 PM 1606 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2017 07:46 PM

Hey all, I’m looking a purchasing one of these table saws, I’m leaning twords the 690, my other option is the 1023 rlwx 5hp I have a few questions about the 690, I’m.mainly.concerned if it has enough power for my needs, how do you guys find the power for the 690, I’m thinking I’ll want to rip thick materiel and possibly use that saw for resawing boards, do you think the 3hp motor is sufficient enough ? Also how does the raising and lowering mechanism hold up, is it silky smooth or stif, how do you guys like your 690 after all these years? Would you still choose the 690 or pick the 1023 if you had to do it over again… thanks

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#1 posted 01-29-2017 08:11 PM

5hp is over-kill IMO. I have the 3hp G0690 and it takes everything I can throw at it. A great saw and built like a tank. Just choose the correct blade for chosen task.

If you are wanting to get into re-sawing then you will need a bandsaw 14in or larger. I have a Rikon 14in deluxe and have resawn as thick as ~11-12in with a 3/4in 2-3tpi blade. Trying to resaw with a TS is tough. You can only cut a max of ~3in and then you would have to flip it and do another ~3in cut. Can be done, however, it is much safer to do with a bandsaw. Had my 690 for ~5-6yr.

Back when I originally ordered my TS, I ordered the G1023RL, but since it was brand new (not even in country at time), I got delay after delay, until I switched my choice to the 690. I love the 690 and would do that again, given the opportunity.

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#2 posted 01-29-2017 08:20 PM

Having used saws from little portables on up, I have never noticed much difference once you get to 3hp and above. The main difference was the depth of cut, with the 14” saws being able to rip thicker stock, and the ability to do that all day long non-stop in a production environment. Not saying 5hp is a bad thing… just that for most people in a hobby/home workshop environment, it’s not really necessary. And as Mike said, if you want to re-saw, get a band saw.


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#3 posted 01-29-2017 08:21 PM

Thanks for the reply, bandsaw is last.on my list, 8” jointer is next after table saw, so 3hp seems to be alot eh

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#4 posted 01-29-2017 10:27 PM

Just remember – a very large number of very accomplished woodworkers here and elsewhere use a contractor’s table saw with 1.5 or 1.75 horsepower. I used one for over 30 years before upgrading. I would never try to resaw with any table saw because you waste too much wood in the kerf and you can only go 6 inches even if you cut twice on both edges.

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#5 posted 01-29-2017 10:40 PM

It’s hard to imagine 3hp not being more than adequate for hobby work….heck, most hobbyists consider 3hp overkill.

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#6 posted 01-29-2017 10:46 PM

3 hp with an 18 tooth ripping blade is a very good thing, and suitable for most big rips.

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#7 posted 01-29-2017 11:21 PM

I’ve had the 0690 for about 10 yrs, it has been great. Just last week I added the Grizzly sliding table and replaced the fence. I replaced the fence only because some of plastic guides were wearing out, and I really wanted a VSCT fence.

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#8 posted 02-01-2017 05:02 AM

Delta 18 tooth rip blade any good ? Seems like a good price

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#9 posted 02-01-2017 10:27 AM

Delta 18 tooth rip blade any good ? Seems like a good price

- Jonczyk23

The Delta Industrial 35-611 is made in Germany and is well made with large fine grain carbide teeth. Being an 18T blade, it’ll be a rougher cut than most, but will easily hog through just about anything you throw at….perfect for ripping really thick dense wood. For a finer cut, add the 40T Delta 35-7657 for every day general purpose work. Cripe Distribution will combine shipping, making the two an even more attractive bargain. For a very fine cut, use a good 60T to 80T crosscut blade.

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#10 posted 02-01-2017 11:15 AM

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#11 posted 02-02-2017 01:37 AM

It seems ironic that in the face of dominant sentiment of this forum, namely – go big the first time and never look back – that contrarians are now stacking up to advocate for a smaller less powerful motor.

I suppose if all you are making is dinky little boxes, or pen blanks, then a small saw-motor is likely adequate. Gentle woodwives who spend at least as much time vacuuming the last skerrick of sawdust from their painted floors as they do actually cutting wood will surely find 3hp more than they will ever test. If on the other hand you are engaged in more manly labors, and have occasion to push real slabs of timber at your blade, carving 8/4 and bigger mesquite, ipe, or jatoba, and you shuffle through ankle deep drifts of shavings because you are so busy building real stuff that you don’t get around to pushing a broom every hour … you may find 5hp not overkill, but merely prudent reserve power.

Maybe I just don’t change blades often enough or god forbid, I abuse my table saw by ripping large timbers, but I have never regretted the big-dog motor, and if I had to do it over again, I would make the same choice.


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