Grizzly G1023RL - 10" 3 HP 240V Cabinet Left-Tilting Table Saw
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- Motor: 3HP, 240V, single-phase, 14A, 3450 RPM
- Solid cast iron table is first heat treated for strength then milled perfectly flat & ground to a mirror-like finish
- Table size (with 2 solid extension wings attached) is 40" x 27"
- Table has T-slots so your miter gauge will not fall off the table when retracted
- 5/8" diameter arbor is long enough to accept dado blades up to 13/16"
- Extra large handwheels really ease arbor movement
- Quick change between riving knife & splitter guard
- Cutting capacity: 8" left, 26" right of blade
- Maximum depth of cut @ 90° 3"
- Maximum depth of cut @ 45° 2-1/8"
- 4" dust port included
- Magnetic safety switch is standard
- One piece steel cabinet type stand
- All sealed ball bearing construction
- Poly-V serpentine belt system transfers power more efficiently & with less noise than standard V-belts
- Powder coated paint
- Footprint: 20-1/2" x 20-1/2"
- Approximate shipping weight: 508 lbs.
- Includes 10" x 40T blade!
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43 Customer Reviews (4.7 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Our son loves this saw. He is a timber framer and also makes one of a kind doors and so this heavy duty saw was just what he needed.
I bought this saw several months ago and couldn't be more pleased. Plenty of power and the run out of the table is minimal. Absolutely love it. However I must review the fence separately. It is very lacking, when I assembled it and locked it down the tail moves 1/16 to an 1/8 of an inch. Attempts to correct this action were unsuccessful. I immediately ordered an Incra fence. Wow was there ever a difference. Combined with a Forrest blade this is an awesome machine. I highly recommend this saw with the Incra fence.
I've not had much time operating this saw...however, I did some box joints and was really impressed with its operation. Great saw!
I have partially assembled the saw. The wings are not perfectly flush with the table...they seem to have slight bows in them...maybe about 1/64 to 1/32 of an inch off in the middle of the wings. Front and backs of wings are flush to table. The on/off swtch arrived with the on button and lock popped off. I haven't turned it on yet, but, i am having a problem with the on button staying in the on position. The motor cover strains against the clamp and is slightly disfigured in order to get closed. When i spoke to one of the tech agents i was told if i want accuracy that this is the machine for me...i guess i expected better craftmanship.
I only was able to get a sub panel installed to fire up the saw yesterday due to work related travel responsibilities. Runs very quiet and smooth. I plan on my first project to make some free hanging shelf units for a work colleague.
The only complaint I have is UPS freight is horrible. I scheduled this to deliver on a Friday. That morning they called me and said that they couldnâ€™t deliver. Had to reschedule for the following Wednesday. Took Friday off for no reason.
I got this saw about a month ago and it has proven to be a excellent choice. It has all the power that I need. I wish that they would reposition the start/stop switch for emergency shut down. I would not buy another Shop Fox fence it does not move along the table top smoothly.
Saw was easy and straight forward to set up. Aligned near perfect right out of the box. Tons of power, table extensions align perfectly/seamlessly, blade that comes with the saw is super sharp. Couple of notes when setting up: 1. The Shopfox fence needs no washer spacers between the tube and the rail, they get bolted straight on. 2. The instructions don't seem to mention the installation of the right side cabinet access door. I ended up putting it on at the end, no issue.
GREAT value for the money!
My one complaint was that UPS handled the delivery portion of it VERY poorly and I ended up taking over a half day off for no reason because their "system" said it would be delivered and they didn't even have it in the local warehouse yet.
I am delighted with this saw. This is a step up from my old hybrid saw that died on me. The difference between the two is like night and day. It is solid. All surface finishes are good. Assembly was straight forward.
The saw functioned properly with the exception of the shop fox fence which does not tighten properly and has to be sent back. Also the handle for the lock broke off upon applying minimal pressure when attempting to lock the fence in place.
The saw was a very easy to set up. All of the parts were present and fit perfect. Adjustments were easy and very accurate. Operation is smooth and accurate. The only problem I had was with delivery. I set up a delivery for one day and was told it would be delivered between 10:00 and 4:00. I hired a helper to get the saw into my shop and we sat around waiting for it to be delivered. At 5:15 I was told they would not be able to deliver the saw until the next day. They did deliver it next day but I had to pay a helper a days pay for nothing. If it weren't for the delivery I would not have any negative comments.
For the first time in my life, I finally have a dedicated space to call my workshop. I looked and compared saws for about a year now. Knowing that this would be the workhouse, I wanted one that would be built to last. Initially, I decided to purchase the hybrid G0715 primarily because that seemed like the best saw for my budget but I really wanted a true cabinet saw. Then the 715 was discontinued before I could purchase it. Next step up the G1023RL, a true cabinet saw and much more than my budget so I was going wait a little longer before purchasing so that I could pay off some other bills. Here's a sentimental note. My father, getting up in years and an avid woodworker, wanted me to have something that I would enjoy and always remind me of him so he surprised me by purchasing it for me. So far it is a joy to use and it does make think of my father. Grizzly, this saw better last me a lifetime.
Ok that aside, here is my experience. For the last 12 years I finished a lot of projects using a Craftsman job site saw. Being a perfectionist wasn't easy with that saw. With the 1023, no problem; ease of use, precision and power there is no comparison. The 3hp motor is very powerful, quiet, smooth and very little (if any) vibration. Excellent cuts even with the standard blade provided. The blade guard is designed well, works well on the saw and easy to remove however like all blade guards, still kind of a nuisance. The saw was actually delivered 3 weeks earlier than expected and the delivery guy rolled it right into my garage which was a relief since I'm a 1 man operation. It was package well and on a small pallet so I think I could have rolled it up to my garage using my hand truck. Set up would've been easier with 2 people but was certainly manageable for this 54 year old. The wings bolted on very straight and true with little adjustment and no shims. No imperfections in the table or wings that I can see. Clean up was fairly easy with WD40 and took maybe 45 minutes (you'll need plenty of paper towels). Blade angles were set perfectly. I love the big burly hand wheels and the smooth action on the height and angle wheels. Also like the way you can lock in the wheel adjustments so consistency is not a problem. Dust collection works perfectly and is well contained. Very little dust appears on the table top and inside the cabinet and I think there will be even less once I set up a dust collector. The Shop Fox fence provided tracks up and down the rails smoothly and parallel to the blade and it locks down tight and sturdy after final adjustments. The rails were a bit of pain to install and required shims. I just used the washers provided as shims. I used 1 shim per bolt but I had to bolt and unbolt several times until I was satisfied with it. Save yourself some time and start with one shim.
Here's my complaints.
1. Out of the box there was 2 big scratches on the cabinet. One at the base of the cabinet and another long one that had obviously been retouched. Purely cosmetic so I can live with that but still...
2. The Shop Fox fence is smooth and seems to track well but it is heavy and cumbersome. I've tested some fences that easily moves up and down the rail with one hand. Not so with the Shop Fox. I don't yet trust the parallelism every time I move the fence and also the tape measure display can be misleading. The tape measure is just a piece of tape that has to be applied carefully so as not to stretch the numbers out of true. Over your cut mark, there is a chintzy plastic magnifying glass over the tape that is supposed to make reading it easier. Problem is the magnifying glass distorts the reading and you have to be real careful so that you are looking directly down on your your mark while viewing it. If you glance at from the right or left side you will see a different mark. Point being, when accuracy is important, always measure between the blade and fence.
3. The miter gauge was accurate right out the box and seems like a quality accessory but there is no slots or holes drilled into it to attach an auxiliary fence. Unless, I can figure out a way to attach a fence, I will end up replacing this someday.
4. The riving knife is fairly simple to remove but to do so you must access the release through an awkward side panel under the table to get to it. For me it means, getting down on my hands and knees and reaching into a dark cabinet to find the release. I'll admit it, the older I get the more I complain about inconvenience.
5. My biggest complaint was the height adjustment. Up and down movement was smooth and easy cranking as long as the blade was 2 inches above the table top but to lower it below 2 inches was a 2 handed job. I had at least 6 calls into tech support and spent a day and half correcting the problem. Each time I called in, I got a different tech with various levels of experience on these units. Each call I had to start from the beginning to explain my issue, then go through an escalating troubleshooting process. Eventually, a tech explained to me how adjust the 4 gibb screws which was supposed to be set properly in the factory. After several adjustments, I was finally able to fully raise and lower the blade with ease. Unfortunately, before I adjusted the gibb screws, the tech suggested I remove the gas piston that assists with the raising and lowering. That piston is heavy duty and once off the machine it fully extends with no way to compress it without putting a clamp on it. Problem was, it had to be compressed to be reinstalled and could not be installed with a clamp on it. The tech should have known this before he suggested I remove it. I could not find any compression tools that I could buy. After many attempts, I was able to compress it in a clamp and with vice grips and utility wire keep the piston compressed while bolting it back to the machine. At some point, I noticed some oil was discharged from the piston so I know the piston is partially damaged. Needless to say, an extremely frustrating process. I believe Grizzly owes me at least a new piston replacement but that replacement should come with a compression tool so I can re-install it properly.
With that aside, and several hours of use with it, I am very happy with it and expect it to last me a lifetime. I like the industrial look of this machine and yes it will always remind me of my father. Thanks, Dad
PS - One recommendation I would make to those who are considering this purchase. For another $50 you may want to consider the G1023RLW. Same unit but with a router table extension. To purchase the extension after delivery is going to cost $275 plus delivery. Seems like it would be a huge convenience especially when your limited on space.
A quality table saw for a very reasonable price,can't wai for my Grizzly planer to arrive..
Very happy I purchased this saw. It's very solid with more than enough power for my small production shop.
Unfortunately I had to return it as it arrived with some damage. Your Customer Service people are great. I reordered this product and am now waiting for it.
I've had the saw for a little over a year and a half l, and I'm just now getting around to trying to use it for more precise cuts. The miter gauge is solid, but the set screws in the miter bar don't adjust easily, and there are no through holes or slots in the base for attaching anything as you would see with almost any other gauge on the market. Problem #2, the miter slots are tapered. Seriously! If I adjust the set screws on a miter bar to be tight at the front of the slot, they will be sloppy in the middle. This means there is no point in upgrading my miter gauge, because I'll never be able to adjust one to fit properly (or any accessory that utilizes the miter slots). Major flaw. Problem #3, the left miter slot is wider than the right. When building a crosscut sled, I had to make two different width runners, one for the left, and a narrower one for the right. Another ridiculously major flaw with the quality of this saw. And the last gripe is that the fence is not flat due to the screws that attach the UHMW face. Each screw location pulls the surrounding material inward. This can cause inaccuracy, especially when sawing shorter pieces. For many table saw issues, you can upgrade accessories to get better accuracy. A new fence and rail system, an aftermarket miter gauge perhaps. But there is nothing short of replacing the table or having expensive machine work done that can fix the miter slots. And for that reason, this saw gets 2 stars. And of course, I found all of this out once my warranty was up.
From delivery(ups freight) to set up everything went so well. Assembly instructions were spot on and the blade to table alignment was perfect. Looking forward to a lifetime of use.
This is a machine that I purchase in December 2016 and is the center piece of my shop and compliments almost every activity. It is very well designed, precise, quiet, and powerful. It has replaced a contractor table saw I used for years and pleased I spent a the extra money to to step up to 3HP, 240V G1023RL. This saw will last a lifetime.
I ordered a Grizzly G1023RL table saw, which arrived one week later. I also ordered the H4231 Zero clearance inserts. It was easy to clean the Cosmoline from the table and extensions with WD40 (took all of 20 minutes). I could tell right away that this was an impressive, quality machine. Assembly is relatively simple (as long as you followed the instructions in the well written manual). The Shop Fox mobile base completed my package.
While doing the various alignments, I discovered that the cast iron top was warped across the back of the table. It was determined that the back end of the top was resting on the trunion which was easily corrected by adding a 3/8" washer under the four cap screws that hold the top down to the base. My only complaint is the dust collection shroud around the saw blade. Pieces of wood will fall in, clog the vacuum port, and are difficult to remove.
The H4231 Zero clearance insert instructions were inaccurate as it relates to this machine. The height of the tab at the back end of the insert had to be cut in half in order to allow the insert to drop into the throat. It was then a perfect fit. No other adjustment was needed.
This is a well designed and well built machine, and accurate alignments are easy to make. It may not be perfect but then what is. Grizzly provides excellent customer and technical support.
I couldn't be happier with my new saw. It has power to spare and runs true without bogging down under a load. The dust collection is quite good. It is solid, without vibration, and will last forever.
Good quality machine for the money. I love this saw. Haven't had much time to use it, but this will be in the family for generations.
I made my investment 2 months ago and very happy with my Grizzly table saw. I am looking to make investmen for a gift for my brother who would love to have one as well.
I love this saw. I wish I had gotten it years ago. It's every thing Grizly claims it is.
I am really enjoying the Grizzly saw. Great power and accuracy.
Grizzly makes it absolutely simple to purchase these tools and ships them fast. Great experience for the second time.
have had our g1023rl for a couple of months now. couldn't be happier with its performance!! looks great too!!!
It is a good solid built saw. My previous saw from HD was horrible when it came to blade height and tilt adjustment but it did lasted about 12 years. The one before that was a Sears contractor's saw which lasted 24 years. I have had this saw for a few months now and so far, so good.
Overall I like the saw but I would like to nit-pick a few things. I wish the fence rails would extend far enough left to get the full 16" rip left of the blade instead of only 8 inches.
I would like pre-drilled holes on the right end of the rails to hang a table extension. I built a laminate top to fit the 16" gap because I banged my hip on the rails every time I walked by it. I had to rig a bottom support between the front and back rails to hold up the far end of the top. I would like to see an accessory extention offered to have a few more inches of rip capacity to the right. The 7 ft rail is just too long for my shop. Also, the Shop Fox fence seems much heavier than necessary and doesn't slide very easily. My old Delta with its "Uni-fence" was light weight but compleatly ridgid.
The blade guard and riving knife are great but the release lever is hard to reach and I bruise my arm on the door opening when the lever snaps open. Another small anoyance is the location of the switch. It is too far under the front rail so I turned it around on its mount but now I accidentally hit the off button with my knee. Guess I will have to put it back.
Bought saw a month ago upgraded from contractor saw huge difference so glad I made purchase.
The saw is being used in a manufacturing facility for making everything from skids and crates to trimming polycarbonate for control panels. It is accurate, powerful, and very well made. It has made this area of the plant more productive and has proven to be nearly fool proof in use.
It is a very good and solid saw, fence is very good a easy to adjust..
I purchased this saw and do like Grizzly table saws. But I have one gripe about this one, it has a poor dust collecting shroud around the blade. They built this one with a split dust hose 2 inch which removes some dust around blade and some from bottom of the saw . Jet has a 4 inch hose coming from blade shroud, don't know which works best. The shop fox fence is not that good, old style fence that you have to bump side to side to set on measurements, a real pain, plus the bubble is hard to read. I am changing it for a Incra TS-LS fence system that is more percise and accurate. The switch is to far back under the fence rail to reach comfortable, I had to move it out further also.
I bought a Grizzly planer and jointer last year at the Muncy, PA facility just before it closed and got to see them before purchase. So I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing the saw sight-unseen. But the other machinery was good quality so I took the plunge, and it has worked out great. Ordered it on Friday Dec 30, and it arrived at my workplace (where we have a loading dock) the following Thursday.
The packaging was great. Not a scratch on anything. I unpacked it in my garage on the utility trailer and took all the boxes with piece/parts to the basement workshop. Then I used an appliance dolly, and a friend, to take the main saw down the stairs with no issue. Spent about 5hrs Saturday just tinkering to put it together, including the mobile base unit I purchased. I was being very careful to adjust everything as I wanted to get it right. Everything assembled per instructions. First time I fired it up, it was smooth and quiet. I set the fence for 3" and ripped a piece of 7/8 cherry. Made a perfect cut. I had looked at SawStop, Powermatic, Jet and some others. But this saw is nearly half the price of the others and certainly appears to be every bit as good.
I only had 2 minor issues, both with the ShopFox fence. During installation of the front angle bracket they tell you to align the top of the bracket to the bottom of the bevel of the saw top. Then during the installation of the tube the fence rides on, they tell you that if your saw has a beveled top, you need to install a 3/8 spacer (not supplied) between the angle bracket and tube to get the right height for the fence. I spent a half hour making some spacers then found out that for this saw they are completely unnecessary. So ignore the spacer comment on the fence installation for this saw.
The second issue is the magnified sight window on the fence to see the measuring tape. It has a bubble top, so setting it on an exact 3", for instance, depends on how you move your head. If you are not looking straight down on it, you will be a bit to the left or right. But I will get used to this I guess over time.
So a day into it, I am very happy with the saw. I will be giving it a good workout next week building by daughter some built-in shelving for her new house.
Very glad I went with this table saw. I had been thinking of buying a Powermatic or Saw Stop but was having a hard time justifying the price, then I decided to look at Grizzly. I read a lot of good reviews on the grizzly saws and had one picked out, or I thought I had one picked out. Just before I placed my order for a saw I decided to talk to the people in tech support and try to see if one saw was better than another and if so why. I was on the phone for some time and the guy that helped me was great, I received a lot of info on the different saws. Long story short, I bought this one and it is great. It is a lot of saw for the money. I had no issues with the set up, and it has plenty of power. This saw will meet all of my needs. I have used Saw Stops before and other than the safety feature they have, this saw is just as nice in every way. Do not hesitate to call tech support if you are in the market for a saw as they have a lot of good info and are more than happy to help. If it was not for them I may not have purchased the Grizzly saw.
Making such a big ticket item without actually seeing the product is daunting - at least it was for me. I relied heavily on the reviews, online videos and various forum discussions, and came to the conclusion that Grizzly made good products. This is an excellent saw at what I feel is a decent price, also comparing it to the competition. The fit and finish is comparable to saw priced much higher. The cast iron table and movement controls appear to be comparable as well. Customer service was excellent. I decided to write a review to provide others who are trying to decide another data point.
My search for a table saw started months ago first considering the hybrids saws (including the G0715P), but found myself gravitating towards the cabinet saws in the showrooms (I guess they can be considered showrooms) due to the extra power, sturdiness and full cabinet. The main reason that I started with the hybrids was due to footprint (space limitations) and price. I'm glad that I had the opportunity to actually see the hybrids and to compare them to the cabinet saws because I realized that my space concerns were unfounded since they have similar footprints.
So with the space concerns gone, I expanded my search to include cabinets. However, those other brands were not within my budget. This brought me back to Grizzly and the G1023. In addition, it was on sale. I order it on Thursday and received it the following Tuesday. I put it together over two evenings. Not because it was difficult toe do, but rather I read through the manual, and checked and double checked the alignments: blade to rails, rails to fence, wings to table, divider to blade, miter, and blade angle. I only had to tweak the fence. Everything else was in good alignment.
I picked up a 6-15p receptacle and made an extension cord for the 220VAC and fired it up. Well this thing was very smooth. I started looking around the garage for pieces of wood to test cuts and this thing was many times nicer that the inexpensive construction table saw that I am replacing/supplementing.
My progression in the saw world has been this: circular saw used to make a stereo cabinet from plywood many years ago. I graduated to the construction saw that I used to rip wood flooring and felt it was much nicer than the circular saw. Later I picked up a miter saw for a deck project. All of these are Craftsman and purchased before the internet and with very little research, but all still are in very good working order. Now I got this table saw and my plans are to make the cabinets for our retirement home among other project. The high quality of this saw has me very motivated to get started and I hope that it continues to live up to my first impressions
I'm not sure where to start. The packing and crating for this saw was excellent. There wasn't a scratch on the paint or any pieces dislodged when I opened the package. This saw is heavy and very well made. I've been exposed to lots of machinery in my lifetime and I can say with all honesty that this saw is well made and well refined. I know it when I se it. I did a lot of research on table saws before I made a decision to buy and NONE compared to this machine for dollar value and quality. I do own other Grizzly woodworking machines and I'm very pleased with the performance of their equipment. This saw is heavy duty and fits well in my limited space wood shop. The saw was pretty well set up right from the factory. The blade being parallel with the miter slot was right on, blade being at 90 degrees with the table was right on, 90 degree cross-cut was right on and so forth. This told me that Grizzly pays attention to detail when they set this saw up. It passed the "nickel test" and runs very smooth and quiet for such a powerful machine. The shop fox fence works well, but I did encounter a small issue with the fence. There was a couple of small nylon sliders missing and the measuring tape was damaged. I called Grizzly Customer Service and they took care of the problem right away, no questions asked. Anytime I have contacted Grizzly for assistance, they have been excellent and in today's world you don't get that very often. They are second to none for Customer Service and that is worth many dollars. So if you are looking for a quality table saw Grizzly is the place to invest. You won't be disappointed with the machine or the company. I love my table saw G1023RL
My new G1023RL arrived this afternoon about 5:00pm. As I unpacked it, my excitement level grew exponentially. All I can say is WOW!!!. I have had my eye on this saw (or a similar Grizzly) for more than a year now. I cannot express into words how much this saw met and exceeded all my expectations from the moment I uncrated it, to the moment I fired it up for the first time tonight (getting goose bumps again). It probably doesn't mean much to you all, but when you've been working on a $100.00 Delta contractor saw for the last 10yrs., trying to put out quality woodworking pieces, having something of this caliber, suggests what I've always known. There is no limit to what you can build, when you have the right piece of quality machinery at your fingertips.
As I told my son earlier this evening (while assembling the G1023RL), "you might as well help me put this thing together son, when I'm gone, it will be yours."
Thank you all for your patience with me over the past few weeks (while it was on backorder). I hope I didn't bother everyone too much. But then again, shoot, I'd do it all over again for my next Grizzly machine.
Common Questions and Answers about the G1023RL:
What are the main differences between the G1023RL-Series and the G0690-Series table saws?
Aside from color and outward appearances, there are 6 primary differences between these series of machines: the drive system, dust extraction components, switch lock-ability, blade guard spreader/riving knife release mechanism, the fence, and the country of origin.
What is the difference between the G1023RL-Series and G0690-Series belt-drive systems?
The G1023RL-series features a poly-V "Serpentine" belt-drive system, which is quieter and transfers power more efficiently than a standard single V-belt drive system. The G0690-series features a triple V-belt drive system, which does a better job of maintaining a consistent transfer of power when under load than a standard single V-belt drive system.
What is the difference between the G1023RL-Series and G0690-Series dust extraction systems?
The G1023RL-series encapsulates the underside of the blade with a dust hood that is connected directly to the dust port via an internal dust hose. This allows a dust collector to remove the majority of dust that falls through the table, and it helps keep the other components inside the cabinet clean. This system requires less cleaning and maintenance than that of saws where the dust falls straight through to the bottom of the cabinet. The G0690-series has a fully-enclosed cabinet with a sloped bottom that allows gravity to direct incoming dust toward the dust port.
What is the difference between the G1023RL-Series and G0690-Series mag switches?
The G1023RL-series features a lockable mag switch with an included key-lock padlock. The G0690-series features a mag switch that can also be disabled from accidental use with a special pin, but it does not accommodate a padlock, so it can't be completely locked.
What is the difference between the G1023RL-Series and G0690-Series blade guard spreader/riving knife release mechanism?
The G1023RL-series is equipped with a quick-release lever to unlock/lock the spreader/riving knife when changing between blade guards. The G0690-series is equipped with an easily-accessible knurled knob that unlocks/locks the spreader/riving knife with a quick rotation.
What is the difference between the G1023RL-Series and G0690-Series fence?
The G1023RL-series features the hugely popular Shop Fox Classic Fence, which has been a customer favorite for nearly two decades due to its adjustment simplicity and performance reliability. The G0690-series fence is very similar to the Shop Fox Classic Fence in all ways, except that it locks against the front rail on three sides instead of two. Aside from allowing it to lock more firmly in place, the added side of rail contact also provides an additional axis of adjustability when calibrating fence accuracy.
General Questions and Answers:
How do I know which size of motor I'll need for my table saw?
Assuming the correct blade is installed for any specific type of cut, the answer primarily depends on these three factors: (1) your average stock thickness, (2) your typical wood type or variety, and (3) your anticipated cutting frequency or overall demands placed on the saw. First, it is important to note that with a slow enough feed rate, any of our table saws can cut through a piece of hardwood up to that saw's maximum cutting height. Unfortunately, using too slow of a feed rate can result in burn marks in your workpiece, and using a feed rate that is so aggressive that it causes a motor to bog down will quickly increase the motor's internal temperature to a state of thermal breakdown. Once a motor reaches this state, continued operation (without allowing sufficient cool-down time between cuts) will result in the motor becoming so hot that its winding insulation will completely fail and the motor will die. A larger motor, however, could easily perform the exact same type of work without ever reaching a state of thermal breakdown. With that in mind, your goal should be to select a motor size that will handle the majority of what you'll be cutting on a regular basis, without bogging the motor down. To translate this into a more practical perspective, generally speaking, a 1.5 HP motor used with an aggressive feed rate can repeatedly cut 6/4 (1.5") soft woods and 4/4 (1") hardwoods without bogging down. A 3 HP motor, on the other hand, can repeatedly cut the same type of stock with the same type of feed rate at approximately twice that size without bogging down.
What are the differences between contractor, hybrid, and cabinet saws?
A "Contractor" table saw is generally a light-duty saw with an open-stand and is usually equipped with a 1.5 HP to 2 HP motor that can be operated on a common 120V power supply, making it portable and convenient enough to take from jobsite to jobsite for carpentry work, trim work, and small cabinetry or furniture work. To keep the weight down, contractor saws often use sheet-metal wings instead of cast-iron wings, and their trunnions and other internal components use less cast iron or steel, making them much less beefy than those same components used in cabinet saws. A few other typical hallmarks of contractor saws are non-enclosed motors (making them slightly louder and sometimes resulting in a lack of dust collection) and trunnions mounted to the bottom of the table instead of the cabinet (making them slightly more difficult to align the blade to the miter slot or fence). The lighter-duty components used in their construction typically means that contractor saws also cost less than other saw types. The low cost, high portability, and convenience of operating on a 120V power supply, combined with included fence systems that often rival those used on cabinet saws, has historically made the contractor saw a favorite option for the hobbyist or beginning woodworker. A "Cabinet" table saw is a heavy-duty saw with an enclosed cabinet-style stand and usually a 3 HP or larger motor that operates on a 240V power supply, making it the top choice for professional woodworkers, serious amateurs, or production shops that require day-in and day-out reliability and the ability to regularly cut thick hardwoods. Unlike contractor saws, cabinet saws have much thicker castings for the trunnions and arbor assembly, which attach to the cabinet instead of the table (making blade alignment adjustments easier), and they usually have full cast-iron wings, which combined with the beefier trunnions and heavy cabinet stand, give them a lot more vibration-dampening weight. Additionally, the enclosed cabinet stands result in quieter operation and usually have much better dust collection. A "Hybrid" table saw is a newer category of saw that is considered to be a cross between a contractor saw and a cabinet saw. Like cabinet saws, hybrid saws typically have cabinets or stands with enclosed motors (providing quieter operation and easier dust collection) and trunnions that mount to the stand (making blade alignment adjustments easier). Like contractor saws, hybrids are generally constructed with lighter-duty components and materials (keeping costs and overall weight down), and they are usually equipped with 1.5 HP to 2 HP motors (allowing them to operate on a common 120V power supply). Because hybrid saws are often priced near contractor saws and they offer many of the additional benefits that cabinet saws provide over contractor saws, they are quickly becoming the saw of choice for the serious hobbyist or the professional woodworker on a budget.
How do I know what type of blade I should buy?
Blade choice is determined by the type and purpose of cut, hardness and thickness of stock, and desired trade-offs between cutting speed versus cut quality. Generally speaking, a blade with fewer teeth cuts faster but makes a lower quality cut, and a blade with more teeth cuts slower but makes a higher quality cut. We offer a wide variety of blades from a handful of different manufacturers. All of our blades are clearly designated by either blade function, cut type, or material type.
What is the purpose of the riving knife?
The riving knife is used for non-through cuts. It is a metal plate positioned in alignment behind the blade to prevent the newly-cut workpiece sides from pinching on or pushing against the backside of the blade and causing kickback. The riving knife also acts as a barrier behind the blade to reduce the risk of hands being pulled into the blade if they are positioned incorrectly when kickback occurs.
Can I still use my table saw without connecting it to a dust collector?
Yes, but we don't recommend it. Without using a dust collector, the dust will quickly pile up inside and around your machine, resulting in additional cleaning time later. Besides making a mess, fine dust can be harmful to your respiratory system. A better choice is to connect your table saw to a properly-designed dust collection system that at least pulls the recommended minimum CFM for your saw's dust port.
Can I cut metal or other non-wood materials with your table saws?
Although our table saws will physically cut many different types of materials, they are only designed to cut natural wood or wood-based materials (plywood, MDF, OSB, etc.). Cutting materials not intended to be cut on a woodworking table saw can result in serious injury to the operator or bystanders, and it could decrease the life of the saw and void the warranty.