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Forum topic by slharman1 posted 06-06-2019 06:41 PM 566 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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slharman1

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06-06-2019 06:41 PM

Ok, so I have decided to upgrade my Craftsman professional hybrid 1.75hp saw to a cabinet saw and although i wanted to buy a brand new Grizzly Q1023RLX for $1800 I have found a Unisaw #34-802 for 800 with 3hp single phase.
Here is where I am at:
1. the griz I would buy the set-up with the router extension just to get both cast iron wing and then add my extension to get to the 52” rip capacity
2. I really wanted new – I always have bought used to save money and get a better tool
3. there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the unisaw.

My gut tells me the unisaw is a better piece of machinery but new for once sure sounds nice :)

Any help would be appreciated

Thanks
Steve


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#1 posted 06-06-2019 06:49 PM

I don’t think there is any true value to buying new. You are talking about $1000 difference for probably a better saw. You can add all the things you mention about the Grizzly easily within that budget, and probably get better components to boot. I understand the attraction of buying new, though I have never bought a new large woodworking tool in my life. Still, I think you money is much better spent with the unisaw.

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 07:44 PM

Hope it is not sold yet, better grab it quick,!!

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 08:01 PM

A big advantage of a Unisaw is that there are unlimited accessories to be had, as well as repair parts such as bearings. A big disadvantage of the old Unisaws is that they don’t have a riving knife like the modern saws do, though you can buy aftermarket splitters, they are not great compared to a real euro-style splitter that goes up and down and tilts with the blade. Dust collection is pretty mediocre on the Unisaw, with no interior shrouding to direct the dust to the port.

I got a used Unisaw about 5 years ago, and have no regrets except for the above mentioned lack of splitter. I can fix the dust collection challenges, but the splitter is not really solvable without a new saw. Regardless, I love the saw.

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 09:05 PM

I have a Unisaw… the 1023 is Grizzly’s competitor to the Unisaw. A new one will have the advantage of the built in Riving knife… and as you point out, ‘New’ is nice and shiney. But the $$ difference is really big. I got my Unisaw in 2004 – new… when it cost me 1299 from ‘Woodworkers Supply’

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 09:24 PM

Go with a saw that has a riving knife…..

I sold an old Delta Unisaw in 2016 and bought the new Unisaw for the riving knife. That old Delta sent a piece of plywood at me once and only once. It was all my fault because saws are never at fault. They do what they do…. and very well too.

I have never looked back either.

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 09:25 PM

And think of all the other new tools you can buy with the savings

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#7 posted 06-06-2019 09:48 PM

Go with the Grizzly. Money well-spent.

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#8 posted 06-06-2019 11:59 PM

Either will be a nice upgrade. At $800 there’s not much downside with the Unisaw. If it’s not to your liking, you can likely sell it for $800-$1000 pretty easily. If you get the Griz and don’t like it, you’ll take an $800-$1000 loss.

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#9 posted 06-07-2019 12:43 AM

Have had two of these saws, still have one of the originals from the early 90s (unisaw, 3hp sph.) IMO one of the best saws on the market, for the money,
I’d buy it asap, before it goes away, a grand can buy a whole lotta extras for the cabinet unit, again, if you are shot in the arse with nickels, well then go new.
best either way,
Rj in az

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#10 posted 06-07-2019 01:43 AM

I think the OP went for the 5 hp Grizzly. Good for him.

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#11 posted 06-07-2019 02:22 PM

personally…? I would buy the unisaw if the table was flat (not dished).

The Grizzly is a great saw built to today’s standards (which essentially means China’s standards). As another thread mentioned, if you’re going to buy a table saw based on the safety of the saw, buy a Saw Stop, everything else on the market is a “we’re not as safe as a SawStop, but we DID include XYZ”.

The Unisaw has been around for 50 (60?) years. You’re not going to find a better example of “built to last” than a Unisaw.

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#12 posted 06-08-2019 11:04 AM

Still with us Steve?

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#13 posted 06-08-2019 11:21 AM

Well now with a new shop toy, its hard to harness ones time to the interwebs, a new saw means there is stuff to get done, hehe, been there done that, i suspect he’ll chime in once the new wears some.
Rj in az

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#14 posted 06-12-2019 06:34 PM

Hi guys,
Still here :)
I went with the griz 1023RLWX – 5hp!
So far I love it but of course, i haven’t put it together yet.
Just wanted new.
Thanks to all for the responses.

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#15 posted 06-14-2019 01:40 PM

it was a good deal…
I’m sure you’ll be happy with it. Congratulations!

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