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Forum topic by MadDuckBill posted 02-17-2018 03:42 PM 1268 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-17-2018 03:42 PM

That is, I’ve finally acquired a “new” tablesaw. My practice has always been to sell off my machinery when I’ve moved (long distance, anyway). I’ve done pretty well that way and, while it has cost me here and there, it has also saved me on occasion. This last move, for example, had our household in storage for the better part of 1.5 years.

In any event, I’ve been keeping an eye on Craigslist for a decent saw. It’s been long enough that I was considering buying a new Grizzly G1023. Lo and behold, a G1023RLWX popped up about 5 miles from home! Lots of table rust, but it otherwise the pictures looked pretty good. I had a look in person and bought it on the spot. Despite being about 6 years old, it might as well be new for all the wear it had. Lightly used, then neglected, I’d say. I stripped it down, took out the blade shroud (the hose came thoughtfully pre-compacted …), thoroughly cleaned out the interior, scrubbed rust, cleaned, degreased, re-greased, primed and painted, replaced most of the hardware, and plunked it on a new Shop Fox heavy-duty, 1300 lb. capacity stand. I also cut the dust port wide open, replaced the plastic port itself, as it was broken, removed some dents, repaired the motor door latch, re-attached a capacitor cover (screws lost, I guess), shimmed, re-assembled, aligned the top, adjusted the stops, aligned the fence, and tested. It looks good! 2 thousandths run-out at the blade perimeter. It all took a few hours, but was worth it.

Interior, clean out and some touch-up (e.g., arbor casting) 75% complete:[email protected]/40263019822/in/dateposted-public/

Tables in-progress:[email protected]/39410849605/in/dateposted-public/

Dust port opened:[email protected]/40263021242/in/dateposted-public/

Painting …:[email protected]/40263019982/in/dateposted-public/[email protected]/40263020712/in/dateposted-public/

And back together …[email protected]/26436127788/in/dateposted-public/

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 04:16 AM

Nice Score!! Sometimes it just happens. Dan

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#2 posted 02-18-2018 07:06 AM

That final pic looks like a brand new saw. Nice score. May you have years of safe use with it.

Do people say YOU SUCK here?? if not it is a term of envy used elsewhere when someone has ALL the luck. Always meant in a very nice kind of way.

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 08:07 AM

Great job! But you’re missing a cross cut sled! You had time for all that but haven’t made one yet?

May it bring you years of good projects

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#4 posted 02-18-2018 09:27 AM

Wow!!! Really nice!!!! I always enjoy using something I find and fix up, the problem is that it happens so rarely these days. Best of luck with it.

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#5 posted 02-18-2018 11:17 AM

YES GREAT PIC and job. Can you do some head hunting for me!

-- No one likes the truth...

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#6 posted 02-18-2018 09:37 PM

I’m pretty happy with the result. Pictures, of course, always look a little better. The top still has a few stains and there are a few very minor nits here and there, but it’s about as good as it gets with used.

Now … for a used DC …

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#7 posted 02-19-2018 02:32 PM

I wish that I could get that lucky with some of my CL finds. Only thing I have found some good deals on is lumber….and that’s few and EXTREMELY far between.


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#8 posted 02-19-2018 02:41 PM

I wish that I could get that lucky with some of my CL finds. Only thing I have found some good deals on is lumber….and that s few and EXTREMELY far between.


- AlmostRetired

I don’t think VA is a good spot for deals on used equipment. I’ve come across two in the past 2 yrs that I’ve been searching CL. Missed out on the one by 20 mins.

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#9 posted 02-19-2018 03:48 PM

It can be difficult. I’ve seen a lot of ads that looked promising, but were too far away. I’d make a drive of a couple of hours to see something that was as-new, but not for a renovation unless it was unusual in some way (like dirt cheap for a Powermatic 66 or 72).

That said, my G1023 DID need work. I wish I had a before picture because it looked very neglected and rusty on the top and rails. I went to look at it because it is a current model (parts availability), was local, and I saw enough in the pictures that indicated that it might be a hidden gem. In person, the cabinet was in excellent shape with no paint chips or rust, the trunnions showed virtually no wear, and the dented and broken parts I saw were easily fixed (e.g., dust port and electrical connection box). I did replace almost every nut, bolt, washer, and screw on the machine, fence, and rails as they were either rusty or starting to corrode. So no more soft hardware – everything is now grade 8.

Total time for the renovation was about 20 hours, more or less. I still need to replace the fence knob, as it was missing. And I still have a box of misc. parts to address, such as the router table inserts and hardware, and the blade guard assembly, all of which are rusty, too.

Most of this was cosmetic – a refresh. My guess is that the owner might have been frustrated with the machine, as (again) the shroud and hose were plugged, stops out of adjustment, and everything needed aligning. So it was neglected. Sometimes it’s hard to see past appearances, though.

(The AccuMiter miter gauge didn’t come with the saw, BTW. I already had that.)

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#10 posted 02-19-2018 09:11 PM

I contacted the seller and had him send me the picture he posted. Here’s the condition I bought it in.[email protected]/39469622845/in/dateposted-public/

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