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Forum topic by BroomVikin posted 07-31-2020 04:39 PM 569 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-31-2020 04:39 PM

I’m about to buy my first table saw and I think I’ve narrowed it down to two contenders. The Laguna Fusion F2 and the Grizzly 1023RL. Both seem to be about the same price +/- $100 and get good reviews. Obviously the Grizzly is 3HP vs. the F2’s 1.75HP. In the F2’s corner though is the integrated wheels and the sliding two position fence. Does anyone have firsthand experience with both saws to compare? I’d love to have this saw for the next 20 years so research going into the process would be beneficial. Thanks!


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#1 posted 11-26-2020 05:30 AM

Always Laguna over Grizzly.

-- Don't blame lazy people they didn't do anything

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#2 posted 11-26-2020 01:01 PM

The grizzly.

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#3 posted 11-26-2020 02:34 PM

The question for you is what’s more important to you, HP or rip capacity. Secondary is electrical power, 220 or 110.

I will point out that when ripping larger 2 by material the extra HP is a bit safer because the saw does not bog down nearly as much preventing potential kick back. I have a 3HP Unisaw with a 52” fence, on a mobile base. I wouldn’t be comfortable moving the F2 around by its rails, I would use a mobile base with the saw, just my preference. That way you don’t stress the cabinet, compromising the saw’s adjustments/accuracy. If you don’t have to move the saw like I do, then it’s no concern to you.

The F2 has some definite advantages with the rip capacity of 36” over 32” on the Grizzly.

The fence looks useful in some circumstances. Where it fails in my mind is when you use auxiliary fence add ons. How do you attach/clamp them on?

I’ve got some Grizzly green in my shop, their customer services have always been top notch for me. I’m pleased with their products. I have a jointer, bandsaw and a disk/belt sander.

No experience with Laguna.

You have two good choices in front of you. You have to decide for yourself. Good luck, it’s a tough choice, no clear standout. I keep going back to the 36” rip capacity.

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#4 posted 11-26-2020 03:50 PM

Which has the greater infeed space in front of the blade? I like my laguna tools, but remember reading at least one of their saws was short of space in front of the blade.

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#5 posted 11-26-2020 04:02 PM



Which has the greater infeed space in front of the blade? I like my laguna tools, but remember reading at least one of their saws was short of space in front of the blade.

- ibewjon

A good question, one that did not occur to me.

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#6 posted 11-26-2020 05:56 PM

So I have no experience with either saw. But I too have some grizzly green, and have used Friends Laguna band saws. Both seem to make a good product.
And I agree with JKM thats its all about your needs.
With that said I went and looked at the two saws. I prefer the Grizzly features.
The fence that comes on the Laguna matches the style of fence I have on my Grizzly GO513×2 band saw.
And for the band saw I think its a good fence. But I can not image working with it on a table saw.
Like mentioned above, How would you attach anything to it.
So the next big issue for me was also suggested above. Distance in front of the blade.
The grizzly is 12”, while the Laguna is only 8-21/32”. I have 12” on my saw and cannot do with less.
Those both kill the Laguna for me.
But back to the fences. While the Grizzly has less rip capacity. It is using a classic T square style.
And making it longer to any length that works for you is only a matter of buying a longer tube for the front rail, and angle iron for the rear rail.
For my needs, the Grizzly is the winner. But again, you got to go with the one that works best for you.
Good luck.

-- John

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#7 posted 11-26-2020 05:59 PM


Which has the greater infeed space in front of the blade? I like my laguna tools, but remember reading at least one of their saws was short of space in front of the blade.

- ibewjon

A good question, one that did not occur to me.

- jkm312

jkm312, and ibewjon, Great points to consider.

-- John

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#8 posted 11-27-2020 08:15 AM

infeed distance is a good point.

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#9 posted 11-27-2020 03:16 PM

Thanks for all the opinions and things to think about. I ended up finding a great deal on a used Grizzly G1023RLW (built in router table) with a SawStop mobile base included. I’ve had it for a couple of months now and have been loving it! The 32” rip capacity hasn’t been an issue yet either. I’m sure at some point I’ll need to cut something bigger but I’ll cross that proverbial bridge when I get to it. As for the saw itself, I love the 3HP motor. Seems to have no trouble with power at all. I’ve yet to cut large hardwood pieces but I’ve cut 3” of pine and it didn’t even blink. The fence slides great and seems rock solid when it’s locked down. For a first table saw I’m very happy!

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