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Forum topic by robdem posted 08-25-2014 04:02 PM 3261 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2014 04:02 PM

Have a question for all of the grizzly 1023 table saw owners . I have read all the reviews and been to grizzly in pa spoke to there tool techs . Reviews and tech guy tell me saw is worth the money Would just like to know if you where buying a new saw again would you buy the grizzly saw again . Thanks Rob

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#1 posted 08-25-2014 05:02 PM

I am also looking at that saw, but have not seen one up close. What do you think of the saw?
For that kind of money, I really don’t think it would be a piece of junk.
I have a Grizzly band saw ant it works great which is why I am looking at the table saw.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#2 posted 08-25-2014 09:27 PM

I own the 1023RLW. I absolutely would buy it again. Great saw, super heavy, and a great price.

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#3 posted 08-25-2014 09:49 PM

Yes i would buy one again but this one is still runing great. But then again i have only had it 22 years and the only thing i have replaced on it is the drive belt.. i did add leveling feet to it and replaced the fence with a delta fencre and guide only because i like it.. But that isnt much in 22 years.

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#4 posted 08-26-2014 12:00 AM

I bought my 1023SL when it was a year old about 6 yrs. ago. I have never regretted it and don’t expect to have to buy another in this life. $ for $, I think it would be hard to beat the value, new or used.

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 12:09 AM

Steve saw the saw few months ago at grizzly . Saw looks real heavy duty .Tech guy at grizzly said that the 1023 was there first cabinet saw when the opened up has been one of there best sellers .Also told me that the don’t send out a lot of replacement parts for this saw . So that tells me it is very reliable . Looked at this saw 3 years ago when I bought my 715 hybrid saw from grizzly just couldn’t afford it at the time . Guys thanks for input thought i was on the right track with this saw and with 10 % of coupon might have to pull the trigger soon .

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 12:58 AM

I’ve had the 1023RLW for a little over a year. It is a pleasure to use. No complaints at all. Good luck with your decision.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 02:04 AM

I am considering the 1023RLW or RLWX.
I am sure I don’t need the 5hp motor on the RLWX, but it’s not that much more. I have 220 in the garage so I don’t have any power problems.

I have had the Craftsman 113 for more than 25 years and just want to treat myself. I am getting ready to retire and hope to get more woodworking time.
If the Grizzly would last me another 25 years, I would be quite happy.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#8 posted 08-26-2014 03:27 AM

I have the 1023RLW, took delivery of it in May of this year. I do like
it and am overall happy with the purchase, but as to not sending out
many replacement parts, well they had to send me 4 motor pulley
keyway screws that the factory neglected to install and I didn’t figure
this out until the keyway was protruding from the pulley and causing

So, I don’t think there was any lasting damage and I did get screws
under warranty. But Grizzly tried to imply that maybe the screws
fell out, and that just pissed me off cause there’s no way that happened
in under two hours of runtime. Other than that I am glad that I spent the extra
money for the 1023 over a contractor saw (which I almost pulled the
trigger on), and would likely buy Grizzly again.

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#9 posted 08-26-2014 09:37 AM

I bought a Shop Fox equivalent of a Grizzly G1023SL close to 6 years ago, and wouldn’t hesitate to buy from them again. Is there a better new saw for the money available?

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

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#10 posted 08-26-2014 01:02 PM

I just bought the 1023RL in June (because it was backordered since November) and I would definately buy it again the shopfox classic fence is alright I’m getting an incra soon, but a good mobile base for it if you need one is the Delta 50-273 I believe it is for the Unisaws it fits perfectly around this saw and is so much better than any other mobile base I’ve used.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#11 posted 08-26-2014 01:29 PM

Ok, I’ll be happy to tell you my experience. I only recently sold my 1023slx to upgrade to a 5hp SS. I had my Griz for right at 10 years. I moved it twice half way across the country and back. It stood up to everything and was running great when I sold it for 800. I think (could be a little off) all together with shopfox heavy duty base, and the extension, and a couple WWII blades and the overarm guard from Penn industries, I had around 1500-1600 in it.

it was a really good beefy saw. I’d had a lot of other saws from a small table top one, to a contractor saw to shop smith. Good price point and value. I don’t regret the purchase at all. Like I said, I wanted to move up to 5hp (I would reccomend). I also had wanted the safety feature of the SS. Only ding I could possibly give it was DC. From time to time, I would have to open the cabinet and swipe the built up sawdust down to the mouth of the dust port for pick up. I have a 2hp DC with 4” connector and short run. It was a minor thing and did not impact the running at all.

The bessy style fence was fine, and never gave me an ounce of trouble. I ran mine on a 20A circuit and never tripped the breaker.

Hope that answers your question. If you have any other specific questions about the 1023 let me know.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#12 posted 08-26-2014 02:19 PM

Iive had my 1023rl for 2 yrs and im very happy with it .its got plenty of power for what I do .once you get it setup properly you should have years of service from it.i got the griz mobile base and it works good although I dont move my saw very often.

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#13 posted 08-26-2014 04:03 PM

Yes, definitely. Mine is about 6 years old, and I have had zero problems with it. It cuts well, has plenty of power and is very well made. For the price point that I was able to hit, it is all the saw that I will need for the rest of my life, and probably a good portion of the life of whoever gets it after me. It sits on a ShopFox mobile base so it is mobile. Mine is set up with an Incra TS III that I moved from my old Craftsman. I also have a Woodpeckers router table mounted on the left side with a PRL V2 lift and PC 7518 motor. It was easy to set up with very low vibration right out of the box. You won’t be disappointed.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#14 posted 08-26-2014 08:11 PM

I bought my 1023SL used about 18 months ago and have been very happy with it. Before buying this saw I owned a cheap Delta bench saw that I hated. Years ago I used a Unisaw for car stereo work and always wanted to have a cabinet saw of my own. I have no regrets buying the Grizzly and I would do it again if I need to. I have a feeling though that I will have this saw for a very long time. I don’t feel that it lacks anything that the Unisaw had. I moved the fence to the right to gain some rip capacity and added an extension table with a router in it. I also replaced the stock cursor on the fence.

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#15 posted 08-26-2014 08:22 PM

I bought a late 80’s 1023 about 4 years ago from a cabinet shop.
Only thing that has been done to it is new belts and arbor bearings.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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