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Forum topic by mustang958 posted 03-14-2014 10:57 PM 2059 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-14-2014 10:57 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw grizzly grizzly tablesaw g1023rl g0690 cabinet saw

Hello all. Have decided to finally move up to a Grizzly cabinet saw. Recently sold my Craftsman contractor Model 113 saw that I’ve had since the 80’s. It was still a really good saw but I just grew tired of the blade going out of alignment every time I made a bevel cut and decided it was time to upgrade based on the types of projects I was looking to work on. I have the choice down to the Grizzly G1023RL and G0690. The G0690 is at the top of my price range but this will most likely be the last saw I’ll ever buy so in that respect I can justify the expense. Normally I’m all about the bottom line but I didn’t want the 715P and it’s table mounted trunions. At a point a few months ago I was ready to buy but the G1023RL was not in stock so I decided to wait and did some more research. What I was hoping for was to hear from anyone that had opted for the G1023RL but then went for the G0690 because the G1023RL was not in stock. Specifically after getting the G0690, if you had chosen the G1023RL do you think you would have wished you had purchased the G0690 instead. From what I’ve been reading they both seem to be very good saws. I don’t think I’d be disappointed with either but for the amount of money I’m spending I was trying to avoid that nagging in the back of my mind of going with one over the other. I realize the G0690 isn’t that much more and at that point what’s another $100 to $200? Well that money could be something else for the shop. I’ve been leaning towards the G0690 but wanted to hear some other opinions. Not looking for someone to make the decision for me. Just interested to see what made you choose one over the other. I know I’m going to get opinions from one end of the spectrum to the other and that’s cool. That’s what it’s all about. Thanks for reading and hopefully chiming in. Either way looking forward to hearing from everyone, finally getting a new saw and back in the shop and working on those projects.

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#1 posted 03-14-2014 11:36 PM

Mustang958 – Thanks for posting this, as I am very close to pulling the trigger on a new cabinet saw, likely the Grizzly G0123RLW. As you say, both saws enjoy good reputations. Interesting how subtle items can affect an individual’s choice. For me, in my small shop, the 1023’s dust port location in the back left of the saw is in much closer proximity to the dust collector hose than the 690’s location on the RH side panel. Re. my choice of the RLW over the more standard RL, the relatively low additional cost for the router table is worth it to me as a cast iron extension; i.e., I am not likely to se it as a router table.

I look forward to the responses to you posting.

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#2 posted 03-14-2014 11:53 PM

I have both saws in the shop. Both are good performers.

690 – The dust collection is good and the splitter or guard attachment is positive but a little cumbersome to work on. Good power.

1023 – Dust collection is rather poor, the small hose attached to the lower shroud under the blade is prone to clogging easily. I removed the shroud and hose. Dust collection hook up at the base of the saw is pooly designed and doesn’t do a good job of removing saw dust. I enlarged it to 6” and it helped tremendously. The clamp holding the guard on is weak and will fail, mine did during a severe kick back and allowed the guard to fly out of the clamp on to the floor. And the clamp is tough to work unless you are a professional contortionist and if the extension tabe is installed you will need help to work the clamp and install the guard.

-- David

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#3 posted 03-15-2014 12:05 AM

I ordered a 1023 last sunday and got it home today. Haven’t put it together yet so can’t say anything about it yet. Take it from me and do yourself a favor, pay the extra for liftgate delivery. Well worth it, its one heavy SOB. I didn’t do it and was a big mistake. Also don’t confuse UPS Freight with a regular UPS delivery warehouse. I did and cost me an extra 60 mile roundtrip to pick it up.

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#4 posted 03-15-2014 03:00 AM

Talk to KnotScott. He has all the info and can fire it out here in seconds. Actually I think you can look him up and see where he has commented on this subject and read it there. He will probably recommend the 1023RLW as the better saw. Check him out as he is the guru on table saws. There are others that are very knowledgeable on the subject. Scott will give you the info without takings sides.

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#5 posted 03-15-2014 03:13 AM


You mention the bottom line and not wanting the g715 for the table mounted trunions. I recently picked up a steel city with a granite top and table mounted trunions. Payed $500 with a digital angle read out. I’ve only been using it for 3 days but so far it’s a dream (minus the fence which can be fixed with weight)

for 200 less than the 715 and table mounted truns, 15 minute blade to mitre setup I’m happy so far. the granite top is really nice and smooth, no need to Teflon or wax the top.

here’s mine. Maybe an alternative maybe not.


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#6 posted 03-15-2014 03:44 AM

you will like both either one is great, the mass and wt are nice to have, and that power is soooo nice, just rips on through anything you lay in the JAWS OF THE GRIZZLY CAUSE IT ROARS FOR MORE WOOD, 3hp is plenty of power, nice when ripping that oak never never never even slows down

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#7 posted 03-15-2014 05:43 AM

I’ve had the 690 for four years. It’s a great saw, no regrets. I’m sure it will be my last TS.

-- Ken

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#8 posted 03-15-2014 08:22 AM

Hey Paul, what’s the model number on that Steel City saw you have? It’s certainly worth the time to take a look at the specs. I’m assuming that price was used correct?

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#9 posted 03-15-2014 11:47 AM

I have had the 0690 for a few months now LOVE IT!!!! have not found any thing it cant do

-- Tite Lines, May the wind be at your back

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#10 posted 03-15-2014 12:08 PM

I bought the 1023 about 18 months ago and wished I would have bought the 690. As board smith said, the dust collection of the 1023 is pretty poor.

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 12:19 PM

Looks like either a 35590C or 35990G. Can’t tell if it’s granite or Cast iron on the top. However I’m more curious where you got it for $500?? Around here, the 35590C goes for $829 at Lowe’s, which is the cheapest I’ve seen.

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#12 posted 03-15-2014 12:46 PM

I checked on Amazon for the Steel City and it was around $1,100. The Lowes stores in my area only carry the bench top saws. I haven’t seen a full size on display in quite some time.

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#13 posted 03-15-2014 03:45 PM

It’s the 35990G. I picked it up from one of their distribution warehouses. They all have showroom models in the fronts of their warehouses. It had test cuts run through it but is essentially a new saw.

$500 was to pick it up there. They had 2 guys disassemble the three piece granite top and mobile base and fork
Lift it into my truck bed.

I chose the granite over the cast iron top as it’s about 50 lbs heavier and cuts vibration and noise a bit better than a cast iron top.


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