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Forum topic by jrowe88 posted 07-02-2020 02:36 PM 634 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2020 02:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: harvey table saw review question

Hello folks,
Does anyone know much about the Harvey table saws, especially the new “Alpha” line?

The “Ambassador” C300-30/52 look exactly like the recently discontinued Grizzly 0690/0691 (and a ShopFox model), which seem to have been around for a decade or more and are well reviewed and very nice looking. Harvey uses a European-style “L” fence, which looks nice and claim a few other unspecified updates from their OEM saws. All-in-all a really nice saw.

I also have been contemplating the new Alpha HW110S-36 which sports a little extra rip width and a 31 1/2 deep table and comes with a fancy, high-quality “Compass” miter gauge. It has a router table extension option which may be appealing, along with other production accessories. 4 HP motor seems beefy enough for more than any task. The Titanium Nitride table top option is kind of cool tool, but seems like a $300 extravagance. Any ideas if they OEM’d this model as well? I do not see any saws with the same shape (motor cover on the right) and larger table.

Anyway, would love to hear practical experience from owners (there is literally 1 youtube unboxing/setup at the moment for the C300 and no reviews—though it seems safe to count the Grizzly 0690 as relevant), thoughts, or inside knowledge.

I am not interested in speculation on China vs. Taiwan manufacturing. In fact, if you dig there are a couple great articles from the time Harvey purchased Bridge City Tools and it appears the Harvey owner is committed to high-end manufacturing and innovation.

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 07-02-2020 03:49 PM

i dont but im interested in the harvey saws myself,looks like a great saw for the money.ill keep an eye on this thread and see what is said.i dont think there are many guys here that have one yet,someone just bought one but hadn’t yet used it to review.

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#2 posted 07-02-2020 07:00 PM

Harvey makes a lot of tools and rebrands them for other companies. Grizzly being one of them

Rich

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#3 posted 07-02-2020 09:51 PM

Been making all of them from the sound of it, so if you like a saw, ask a Harvey rep if they can beat a XXXXXX and see what they say.

If none of the listed places rings a bell to you, pick the top of the list. WoodWerks in Columbus Ohio. They have decent help, and could give straight answers, plus they sell ALL of the makes that are said to have been made by Harvey all these years. Except Grizz, but they know all about Grizz.

If it was me calling I’d ask for a heads up against the SawStop, seems to be the saw to beat these days.

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#4 posted 07-02-2020 10:07 PM

jrowe88 you should put your location in your profile, I might be able to set you up with a cabinet saw.

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#5 posted 07-02-2020 10:27 PM

Nice looking machines but too bad they are not also selling jointers and planers to match. I sent them a question asking if those were coming but never received any response…

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#6 posted 07-03-2020 12:23 AM

Harvey is one of the OEMs. Look at the parts diagrams and you will see common parts with Powermatic, Grisly and others. This has been discussed several times in this forum.

Quality of the tool is dependent on what the brand specified. If it is bid as cheap junk, they build cheap junk. If bid with tighter tolerances and better bearings, that is what is built.

I have their band saw and like it. Just can’t justify a cabinet saw as my contractor actually does everything I need, but I would buy the Harvey C300. Just a nice big heavy saw with what I consider the most important feature, a riving knife. Yea, the PCS is a nice saw too, just a lot more money. I wish the new Unisaw did not have a rep as total junk as I like the features.

Look in the review section and search on it in the forums.

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#7 posted 07-28-2020 01:58 PM

I’m also interested in the alpha series. One question is 2hp sufficient for a TS?

-- zeekstah

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