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Forum topic by CWWoodworking posted 05-05-2020 04:29 PM 430 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CWWoodworking

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05-05-2020 04:29 PM

What’s the difference?

I almost exclusively do nothing but ripping on my table saw.

Leaning towards the 5 hp 1023 just cause of the extra power.


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#1 posted 05-05-2020 05:00 PM

Most of the Grizzly 1023 series have been discontinued. The only one I see that’s left with a 5HP motor has a built in router table. I have the 0690 and have never had any issues ripping any kind of wood. I use a Forrest Woodworker II blade. Basically the differences are 2 1/2 more inches of ripping to the right (0690 has 4 inches more to the left), the router table and the increased HP.

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#2 posted 05-05-2020 05:06 PM

Hmm, let’s open the manual and spec sheet and see what we find, OK?

Slightly different arbor speeds, different fence, different motor mounting, different magnetic motor starter, and different country of origin:

The G0690 is made in China, has the same fence glides and similar design to Harvey Master-Rip fence, and uses a conventional Unisaw type 145TC motor frame.

The G1023 is made in Taiwan where it has been made for decades, with clone Biesemeyer T-Square fence system, and uses a regular 145 plate motor mount with an adapter.

Looking at manuals, the internal mechanisms for height/tilt are different too.

https://www.grizzly.com/compare?category_id=530000&preload=G0690|G1023RLWX

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#3 posted 05-06-2020 02:09 AM

I have an older 3hp Grizzly G0690 that I picked up used about a year ago (at about 35% of the price of a new one) and have been quite satisfied with it.

My present project is a shelving build for my basement which includes ripping multiple 8’ 2×4’s into 2×2’s. Midway through the second board, I was actually smiling to myself about how easy the task was and the saw was going through the boards like a knife through soft butter. The saw had an abundance of power with plenty left over and I have never found the need to have anything more in the variety of projects I have put through the saw. I run Diablo blades on my saws and with a featherboard in place on the TS to keep the boards in place, I was done in no time with excellent results.

Your specific needs may vary and perhaps the 1023 and/or more hp would be a better fit, but the G0690 could likely do all you need it to do, it has for me.

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#4 posted 05-06-2020 09:38 AM

I happen to have a Grizzly G1023SL (the one with the splitter, not the riving knife) left tilt arbor for several years now. Mines a 3HP unit, and it’ s cut everything I’ve put through it. Only complaints I’ve had was IMO the miter gauge was cheaply built but I have others that are much better which I use. The other was the blade guard, I just didn’t like it. I ended up making my own overhead guard system and that made it a whole lot better. I did also make some zero clearance blade inserts which I prefer over the factory inserts but that’s a personal opinion.
Can’t speak to the 690 as I have not seen one in person.
If you have the power to pull 5HP, I don’t think you’ll be sorry with the G1023.
My opinion.

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#5 posted 05-06-2020 10:06 AM

Again, down load the manuals and look how they are built to see the differences. One is a way and jack screw trunnion, the other a pivot. 690 looks like a newer design. Both seem to have a split between happy owners and those with issues.

Might look at Harvey too. They make some Grizzlys, maybe one of them, who knows.

If my 1 3/4 can rip 3 inch red oak, I am sure a 3 HP can rip anything you can feed a 10 inch saw. I do not see why 5 HP on a 10 incher. Using a proper rip blade of course, those stupid combos take a lot more power.. To me, 5 HP woudl be for a 12 incher.

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#6 posted 05-06-2020 10:55 AM

Thanks guys.

Looking at the line drawing of how it’s put together wouldn’t do me much good. Unless something is glaringly wrong, I won’t see anything. I just don’t care about saws like that.

The only real reason for The 5 hp is because my wiring can handle it and I could use the extra router table.

What I was after was a glaring advantage/disadvantage? Fence, dust collection, power, reliability.

I thought about Harvey. The price is just not enough difference to try an upstart vs staying with grizzly who’s been around awhile.

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