Old Grizzly G1022 vs New Contractor Table Saw

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Forum topic by Saucerito posted 11-05-2017 07:35 PM 4798 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-05-2017 07:35 PM

Hi everyone,

I recently received an old (1991 I think) Grizzly G1022 from a co-worker for free. He was clearing out some space at home, and knew I was looking for a table saw. He let me know that the worm gear for raising/lowering the blade was worn, but the saw worked just fine. I’d like to know your opinions on whether you think it would be worth it to keep this saw or to buy a Ridgid R4512 ($529). I don’t have any more than $600 in the budget for a table saw.

First off, I would consider myself a light hobbyist. This is my first table saw. This saw will only get used a handful of times each year for projects such as bookshelves, end tables, nightstands, etc. as well as cutting plywood for various things. I know a lot of these things can probably be done with a circular saw, but I’d like to practice more joinery techniques (dovetails, dados, etc.) that I can’t do with a circular saw (also, my circular saw is pretty crappy for precision cuts)

Known Issues with the G1022:
-No blade guard or riving knife/splitter. Solution: SharkGuard ARK ($225 + $18 shipping + new throat plate =~$265)
-Worn worm gear, clunky raising/lowering of the saw blade: How much of an issue is this really? Is the worm gear likely to wear out enough to be inoperable?
-Parts no longer made for this model

Unknown Issues with the G1022:
-Fence: Having no experience with table saws, how should I go about determining whether or not the fence is adequate for my needs? I figure a new fence would put me back another $200
-Blade alignment: I plan to check this with a dial caliper, but I assume this is something that can be adjusted. What is considered acceptable for blade alignment?
-One foot is missing rubber bottom: I think this is what is causing the table to wobble. Should be easy to fix, then I will put the saw on the rolling base that came with the saw.

Things I think are good with the saw:
-Table (surface rust has been cleaned up and waxed)

What other things should I check or be concerned about? Would there be any advantages to buying a new Ridgid 4512 vs putting a little money into this Grizzly?

Here are a couple pics:

Thanks, Will

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#1 posted 11-05-2017 07:51 PM

I’ve never owned one, but my recollection of those saws was that their fences were not highly regarded. I’d probably start by giving the thing a thorough cleaning and alignment, then seeing if you can live with the fence as-is. If so, then by all means order a Shark Guard and go to town. If not, you might want to consider the Ridgid or even a quality used contractor/cabinet saw. It’s not unheard of to find an older/rough shape Unisaw for < $600.

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