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Forum topic by Brassaxe posted 04-29-2020 09:57 PM 854 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Brassaxe

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04-29-2020 09:57 PM

I’ll give you all the exact specs I need.

Hard specs -

$800-$1400
110/115/120v
Cast Iron Wings
New (I repair enough old tools, I just want this one to be new for once.)
RELIABLE
Cabinet Mounted Trunion

Negotiable Specs
36” Rip width if possible
Good Dust Collection (Not enough volume in my shop to be too picky about it)
Movable (Good, but not required)

I have a 3 1/4” thick end grain cutting board I have cut to size here soon. It’ll eventually be squared off at 47”x 35”. Its made of hard maple I can expect it to be the hardest thing any table saw I own will have to cut. 110v isn’t ideal but it is what it is..

Between a Laguna F2, a Grizzly G0771Z, and Jet Proshop (725000K)

I am leaning hardest towards the Laguna F2. A good fence is important, but it all fairness 80% of my work is with a sled. It’s about $1,260 right now.

I like the Grizzly G0771Z and pound for pound i’ll still get the F2. However, it has a better fence than the F2. But has less rip capacity (31” vs the Laguna 36”). The compelling part is right now it’s $925….

The Jet Proshop 725000K is $1274. If it was a cabinet I would go with it.. But it’s a contractor style saw.. The Legs… Why does it have to have legs?...

Let me know your thoughts.

Just to Note…

We also have a Grizzly G0899 and a Harvey C200-30 on the table.


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tvrgeek

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#1 posted 04-29-2020 10:58 PM

I am impressed with my Harvey band saw. Somewhere someone is doing a review of the Harvey table saw.

Download the owners manuals and look at how they are constructed.

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Brassaxe

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#2 posted 04-30-2020 01:06 AM

After spending all afternoon looking things over the Harvey is looking like a strong candidate.

As for the ones above. I can’t get it out of my head that the Laguna looks great but why is it so light? Are they aluminum trunions? I dunno.

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Upontheridge

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#3 posted 04-30-2020 02:01 AM

I just bought and received the Grizzly GO771Z. Started setting it up yesterday. Fit and finish of the cabinet is not the best but the table, fence and everything else looks great. Of course I am upgrading from a 25+ year old Ryobi BT3000 with worn out bearings so just about anything would look good to me.

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knotscott

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#4 posted 04-30-2020 02:02 AM

You should be able to slide the rails on the G0771Z to the right to gain several inches of rip capacity. You can often leave the mounting bracket in place and just slide the front rail over by a bolt hole. You may need to fill the gap on the right side with an extension or router table.

https://www.lumberjocks.com/knotscott/blog/34563

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Brassaxe

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#5 posted 04-30-2020 02:18 AM

I hear you on the Grizzly Upontheridge. I actually really like Grizzly. I grew up right near a major store/distro hub and have had/used a lot of their tools. I always felt like Grizzly were a good deal and dollar for dollar they were always well priced. But to hit those good prices a grizzly always had a quark or two you had to iron out.

Knotscott, I read your stuff on the Laguna, the Jet and some stuff you said about the G0771Z. You have any opinions on the Harvey C200-30?

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knotscott

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#6 posted 04-30-2020 02:22 AM


...
Knotscott, I read your stuff on the Laguna, the Jet and some stuff you said about the G0771Z. You have any opinions on the Harvey C200-30?

- Brassaxe

I’ve heard of the name and knew they used to offer a saw that was pretty similar to the G0690, but I know zilch about this one. Haven’t been keeping up as much lately….sorry.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Brassaxe

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#7 posted 04-30-2020 02:29 AM

Yeah, i’m going on limited information. But it looks positive.

I think i’ve discounted the JET for my own reasons.

So, I know the Grizzly is under 1k.. But lets say it’s normally $1100.. Is the Laguna F2 worth the extra $150?

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Joel_B

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#8 posted 04-30-2020 02:47 AM

When I was looking , the Laguna F2 had a lot of bad reviews pertaining to the dust collection which crossed it off my list.
The Grizzly G1023RL is also in that price range and beats all of those saws but needs 240V power.
My decision was to go with the G0771Z. Have not bought it yet due to the COVID-19 situation.
I really can’t go out and buy lumber right now.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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Brassaxe

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#9 posted 04-30-2020 12:16 PM

Talked to the guys at Harvey, they posted free shipping earlier this month on Instagram for Ambassador saws. I asked if there was and end date to that deal. It looks like the deal has been over for weeks lol… But they did give me a $100 gift card to use towards my purchase. A nice gesture if you ask me.. Maybe I should have also asked them for more picture of the saw cause there sure aren’t a lot online.

That might save me enough to get a Forrest WWII Modified blade. Not quite a flat cut blade but pretty close.

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WoodenDreams

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#10 posted 05-01-2020 07:01 AM

I think you’ll be happy with any of the choices your considering. I’ve been using the Grizzly G0771Z for three years now, and satisfied with it. Grizzly had a special in April in which shipping charges on all machines were reduced to a flat $25. I do suggest getting the best one you can afford.

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Keeso

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#11 posted 05-03-2020 04:46 PM

It is the Grizzly G0899. Same machine.

...
Knotscott, I read your stuff on the Laguna, the Jet and some stuff you said about the G0771Z. You have any opinions on the Harvey C200-30?

- Brassaxe

I ve heard of the name and knew they used to offer a saw that was pretty similar to the G0690, but I know zilch about this one. Haven t been keeping up as much lately….sorry.

- knotscott


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tvrgeek

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#12 posted 05-03-2020 05:04 PM

Just save your money on the Forrest blade and get proper rip and crosscut blades.

Over on NC woodworkers is a gentleman who just got his Harvey. Lots pictures.

Do not assume the OEM version and brand name version is identical. Maybe same castings, but differences in bearings, machining and accessories. Sometimes. Sometimes not.

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