Grizzly 1023 RLWX vs the other comps

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Forum topic by kyle123 posted 05-24-2017 01:55 PM 1038 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-24-2017 01:55 PM

I know this horse has been flogged over and over for the most part, the difference between the 690(and 691) and the 1023 series. They all seem to have their loyal followings and I hear far more good than bad about all of them. So why am I bringing this up, well, the 1023RLWX (the 5hp model) is less $$ than the 690 & 691 and has the integrated router table. Would you go with the 5hp 1023RLWX or the 690(1)? I was about to pull the trigger on the 691, but this question is just nagging at me. Also, why is the more powerful saw less expensive than either the 690 or the 691? Ordinarily a jump in HP like that would increase the price by an order of magnitude.


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#1 posted 05-24-2017 02:31 PM

Well, the 690 does come with that “quick-release” arbor nut, that has to be worth something ;-)

I do not own either saw but out of curiosity I went to the Grizzly website to check them out. I can see what you are saying. Hard to understand the price difference. The weights are about the same, so they haven’t skimped on iron in the 1023. The fences might be slightly different, it is hard to tell from the pictures. I will also be interested to read the comments from those who are more familiar with the two saws.

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 02:43 PM

Provided you have the electrical requirement covered, there’s nothing wrong with extra hp and saving some money, though I doubt you’ll need the extra power. Plus, I’ve always liked the vertical dovetail ways on the 1023R series. Both are really well proven saws. 3hp to 5hp jumps are often < $100, but sometimes price just has to do with current inventory and/or availability.

Setup and blade selection are likely to have a bigger impact on the end result than the actual design differences.

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 05:07 PM

I may be in the vicinity of the Springfield showroom at some point this weekend so I’ll try to stop by and see what they have to say about it. I’m taking off the rest of this week to pre-fish a “Fishing for Freedom” tournament going on next weekend. I wish the tournament was a different weekend because the Grizzly tent sale is the same weekend. But I get to take a warrior fishing and that’s the least I can do.

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 06:33 PM

I have the 1023 and looked at the 690. The 1023RL has better dust control and the price is better. I got an Incra TS-LS for it so for the extra table I built in a router lift on the right. By buying the longer rails on the TS-LS I got way more cutting space that I need but the lift is great. I just spin around the TS-LS and use the fence that way for the router.

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