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Forum topic by JCER1985 posted 03-28-2018 04:03 PM 707 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JCER1985

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03-28-2018 04:03 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw grizzly 1023 g1023slw question table saw

So this is my first post at lumberjocks and I hope I’m in the right area here… But I’m a very new woodworker and just getting a shop started. Up until now I have only owned a portable table saw and have an opportunity to buy the Grizzly 1023slw for $375 but I need to buy rails for it. Looks like the 7’ rails w/ legs are going for about $200 but I haven’t delved into all my buying options yet so might find them cheaper yet.

So the first question… Is this a good/reasonable buy if the saw is in good working order?

Apparently the owner was given the saw at college on the west coast and lugged it back to the east coast after. He took the motor off to lighten the saw and misplaced the rails at some point as well. I get the impression he hasn’t used the saw in several years. He did send me a video of the motor running (his father is an electrician and hooked it up to his panel to get it running). Everything else is there as well as a dado blade and some jigs. Light rust on the surface but appears superficial.

Second question (assuming the answer to question 1 is yes)... what should I look at in particular on this saw to make sure I don’t have any big surprises shortly after acquiring?

I know that might be opening a can of worms but any specific advice would be of help. Tried to keep this short and sweet so if I left out glaring “need to know information” let me know. Thanks!

JP


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#1 posted 03-28-2018 05:27 PM

That appears to be a great price.

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 06:03 PM

Does it just need the rails or rails and fence? Does it have the riving knife, splitter, blade guard? All things you may want to calculate into replacing if they are missing. Grizzly sells all of those parts as well. Price seems pretty good if its in good shape.

If you can in person check how it feels raising and lowering the blade and changing the blade angle. Listen to it running. Check the motor plate and make sure it is the right motor on it.

If you don’t need 7’ rails you may find shorter ones used for a good price. If you are not affraid of some metal work, buying the right size rectangular tube and angle is also an option. I will say the front rails on my PM2000 looked identical other than color to the 1023 I replaced. Back angle piece is thicker guage on the PM than it was on the Grizzly, but not sure that would affect anything with the fence.

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 06:11 PM

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JCER1985

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#4 posted 03-29-2018 01:03 PM

Thx for the quick responses! Lol, I do like the OWWM Rules… hadn’t seen that before. But the saw is being held for me currently. And it does have the fence, riving knife, and blade guard.

I was more concerned with things that might go bad from lack of use or things that could be broken/damaged that I wouldn’t catch. Any tips or lessons learned would be appreciated. I think I’ll put together a list of things to inspect (if there isn’t one somewhere already?) when I get there… just need to get that list together. Thx again.

JP

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#5 posted 03-29-2018 01:16 PM

The big items for sitting is gonna be rust and belt memory. Belt memory you can feel by turning the arbor by hand a few times and seeing if it feels smooth or like you are hitting a bump. Rust should be pretty obvious. Belt could work itself out after running a few min or just by replacing them. Surface rust is easy enough to deal with and if its more than just surface rust, you should be able to tell visually pretty quick.

Plan on spending a few hours cleaning and dialing everything in, but that is true for new saws as well. Missing pieces are probably the biggest issue you will run into with this. Grizzly is pretty good about being able to get replacement parts, but it could be a wait if they are backorderd.

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#6 posted 03-29-2018 01:52 PM

I’m not familiar with the 1023’s fence, but if it’s a normal Biesemeyer clone (and it looks like it is based on the pictures I’ve seen), you can use rails from Delta, Powermatic, Grizzly, Jet, or Sawstop. You can also make your own rails, as mentioned above. Check out Allen Little’s rails building videos on the VerySuperCoolTools website. He has diagrams, videos, and tons more. All you need is one or two pieces of steel angle and one piece of tube steel. You pick your length. If you don’t need the full 7ft, it’s very possible to find ~5-6ft drops (cutoffs) that you could buy for a song from a steel supplier.

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#7 posted 03-29-2018 02:47 PM

That’s a good price on a well proven saw with a good track record. The original fence would have been the Shop Fox Classic, which is a copy of the Biese commercial fence. Rails should not be hard to source (or make)...you may even find that rails from a Jet Xacta, PM Accufence, or Biese commercial fence might fit too. The Grizzly or Shop Fox rails and brackets should be a direct bolt on.

Belts and light rust are easy (and expected) when buying a used saw. Listen to the bearings when you spin it by hand….grinding sounds can indicate that replacement is necessary….it’s not as simple as cleaning rust, but is a doable and common maintenance. Check the trunnions with a flashlight for possible cracking or damage…otherwise it should be good to go.

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#8 posted 03-29-2018 04:26 PM



That s a good price on a well proven saw with a good track record. The original fence would have been the Shop Fox Classic, which is a copy of the Biese commercial fence. Rails should not be hard to source (or make)...you may even find that rails from a Jet Xacta, PM Accufence, or Biese commercial fence might fit too. The Grizzly or Shop Fox rails and brackets should be a direct bolt on.

Belts and light rust are easy (and expected) when buying a used saw. Listen to the bearings when you spin it by hand….grinding sounds can indicate that replacement is necessary….it s not as simple as cleaning rust, but is a doable and common maintenance. Check the trunnions with a flashlight for possible cracking or damage…otherwise it should be good to go.

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- knotscott

I’ll add that a good cleaning and lubrication of the gears is another task to plan on when it you get it home. Along with alignment, good blade, etc….all part of the initial setup.

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