Grizzly G0771Z or Delta 36-5100??

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Forum topic by JoeCaps posted 02-28-2018 04:30 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2018 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly delta question tablesaw

Hey everyone! This is my first post to Lumber Jocks and I would just like to say that I have been reading A LOT of great information from most of you. I would also like to state that I am extremely new to woodworking in general aside from framing and building a few work benches. I would really like to move into something more intricate and that I would be proud to display. I am currently working with an old Rockwell 34-345 10” table saw. This thing is old, loud, shaky, and very inaccurate. I was practicing cutting dados with some scrap wood and every time I made a pass the next cut was about 1/8” higher than the last. Basically the blade is rising by itself. This issue has now put me in the market for a new saw. Anything at this point would be leaps and bounds better than what I currently have, but I do not want to spend a couple hundred dollars on something I am going to want to upgrade from in 2-3 years.

I was in Lowes the other day and I came across the Delta 36-725. It seems to be the most stable well built saws on the floor. Unfortunately, the people at Lowes who build the display do not tighten anything and the display makes the saw look like a piece of crap. I have read a lot about this particular Delta, both good and bad. Then I started reading about the Delta 5100 with the cast iron wings and then I found the Grizzly G0771Z. The Delta is priced a few hundred higher than the Grizzly, but I feel as if the Grizzly is a better tool all around. I wanted to spend about $500-$700 originally, but I feel that I will fork over more cash for the right saw.

If anyone could help me make this decision, I would appreciate it. I want to have a saw that is going to last several years and well made. I have been hunting on the used market but I really have not seen anything that isn’t industrial sized or pocket sized. I will continue to hunt the used market, but I also like warranties and knowing that someone didn’t abuse the tool prior to me owning it. What do you guys think?

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#1 posted 02-28-2018 06:00 PM

Personally between those two I’d go with the Grizzly in a heartbeat. Cabinet mounted cast iron trunnions vs the table mounted steel tube contraption that the Delta uses. Not sure which has the better fence. I think the Delta has the T3 on it, which a lot of people like for a “light” beismeyer style. The Grizzly changed the fence style on the G0771Z because they had a lot of issues with the old one, haven’t heard anything bad or good about the new system but hopefully they corrected the issues. I also like the solid enclosed base on the Grizzly better, no chance of things getting loose or wobbly.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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