Grizzly G0690 - 10" 3HP 220V Cabinet Table Saw with Riving Knife
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- Motor: 3 HP, 220V, single-phase
- Blade tilt: Left
- Table height from floor: 34"
- Table size with extension: 27" x 40"
- Arbor speed: 4300 RPM
- Arbor size: 5/8"
- Maximum dado width: 13/16"
- Maximum depth of cut @ 90°: 3-1/8"
- Maximum depth of cut @ 45°: 2-3/16"
- Maximum rip capacity: 29-1/2"
- Distance from front of table to blade at maximum blade height: 12-1/4"
- Distance from front of table to center of blade: 17-1/4"
- Overall dimensions: 62"L x 41"W x 40"H
- Approximate shipping weight: 530 lbs.
- Includes 10" x 40T blade and H3308 Push Stick!
- Precision ground cast iron table
- Cast iron trunnions
- 4" dust port
- T-slot miter gauge
- Includes riving knife and blade guard
- Camlock T-fence with HDPE face
- Quick release devise for changing guard/riving knife
- Powder-coated paint
- Includes standard and dado table inserts
- Quick release riving knife
- Quick release motor guard
- Quick release splitter assembly
- Easy-glide fence system
- Knurled knobs for adjusting fence
- Nylon runners inside fence head assembly
- T-square type fence system
- Setscrew holding table insert down, with adjustable screws inside
- A precision hardened and ground polished cast iron top that is, AT THE VERY LEAST, equal to the saw you are comparing to
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15 Customer Reviews (5 out of 5 stars): Sign in to write a review
Well, I have finally used my saw enough to do a proper review for you. As many of you know...I did some up-grades in the shop.....with a new 8" Jointer, http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/705 , A new 15" Planer http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/755 , a new 17" Band saw (No review yet) and a new Cabinet saw.
You can ask A1Jim, Todd C., Lenny and a few others....I about drove myself and them insane trying to decide what saw to buy...at first I was looking at a Steel City with a titanium top.....but I decided against that.
I then narrowed it down between this saw, and a Powermatic PM2000...and with as many new tools as I bought...every penny counted.
I was MORE than happy with the 8" Grizzly Jointer I bought...so I decided to go ahead and buy the Grizzly G0690. Here are some pictures of it in my shop...(Do not laugh, my shop is a wreck at the moment)
Let me start off by saying.... "I LOVE THIS SAW" ...assembly was a breeze....Nickle test ??? Try a "Pocket" full of nickles....I lined up 12 of them and fired it up, not a one fell, then I turned it off, got some wood, fired it up again and made a few cuts...and again nothing fell.
Power ??? after years of using a contractor saw and one wore out unisaw...I really did not know what to expect....but it passed any expectations I may have had. For the last week and a half I have been shoving 2" thick mahogany, red oak and maple through it....and I may as well been pushing paper through it. This thing sounded like a jet engine starting up in my shop...not in a bad loud way...just sounds powerful.
It has a great quick connect riving knife and splitter, just pull a pin, pull it out, switch them or put one in...all in about two seconds. The trunnion in this thing is a MONSTER...and I mean BIG....those cast wheels for adjusting...smooth as butter. Once you get it going, you can give it one good spin and it will almost free wheel all the way the other direction.
The cast iron top is so smooth and shiny it almost looks like a mirror, (In the second picture...that is not rust...but the reflection of the yellow box on my radial arm saw...now that's like a mirror). It comes with a factory blade insert and a dado insert, I ordered a zero clearance insert for it when I bought it ($26). While I will upgrade the miter gauge in time when I find one I like on sale, the factory miter gauge is actually pretty good and can be adjusted to take out all play in the T-slot miter tracks.
The fence, after a little adjustment, is straight as an arrow when wood is ran through the blade and down the fence.
There are MANY and I mean MANY good saws out there for almost every price range. But if you're looking for a power house of a saw...loaded with extra bells and whistles (But not so many that it is a pain) that cuts very true and accurate...I recommend trying out the new Grizzly G0690. I am pretty sure I just bought my last saw !!!
Edit: I forgot to add, the only tools you will need for this saw is a Phillips screw driver, a good straight edge, a 1/2 or 13mm wrench and socket and what ever you wish to use to align your blade, fence etc....Grizzly sends you almost every tool you need to assemble your tools....and while they may not be "Snap-on" quality..they are not punched metal either. You get a full set of long allen wrenches with a holder and a couple of wrenches with the saw it self, including two big heavy wrenches for blade changes. And then in each and every box, (Guard, fence, inserts etc) there is also the tools you will need to install just "That Piece"
Also, the directions say "Assembly time 1 hour"...lol...this may be true for a mechanical engineer....or if you want your square cut to be a triangle.....but plan on at least 5 to 6 hours of assembly time. I get a little "Obsessive" when it comes to trying to get my tools to a perfect tolerance...I know this is impossible with any tool...but I try anyways. With help, you can get this saw together and all the alignments done in about 3-1/2 to 4 hours....By yourself....between 5 to 6.
Purchased 4 yrs. ago. I use it nearly everyday and it has held up very well. I do a lot of continuous cutting and I have never had any problems with it.
Last spring I decided to replace my table saw. You all know the one. A Craftsman contractor saw that I bought at a garage sale over 20 years ago for $100. It was probably 10 years old then and it served me VERY WELL, but just wore out. The ol' girl had her limitations, I know what they were, and we got along quite well
As with most of us, I shopped the internet and various stores for a couple of months trying to decide which saw would be best for my small hobby shop. I'm an after-work and weekend project kind of guy, but the table saw is involved in each project I am involved with. Knowing that this saw would probably be an "over kill", I decided on G0690 and placed the order.
First, Let me tell you that this thing is well packed and is a BEAST to move around prior to the set-up. Invite a couple of your best friends over to unpack the thing and help you with the set-up. If you have the option to do the off-truck delivery, spend the money and do it. It weighs over 500 pounds. Also, Buy the optional wheel dolly to move it around the shop. It is well worth it.
The set-up was very straight forward, and only took us about 3 hours. (including beer time) As we assembled, we checked squareness of the blade and smoothness of the table several times after each task. The Blade squareness, and the angle adjustments were SPOT ON without any changes. The only set-up adjustment needed was in the fence--only because I am picky.
I also added a 48 inch out feed table to the back side of the saw. Sorry Grizzly, but I made new 3/8 in holes to the rear angle bracket of your brand new saw to accommodate this. Since I've never had an out feed table, I didn't know what I was missing. DO IT if you have the space!! I can take a sheet of plywood to the table saw, and rip it alone. I also have much better control of the smaller pieces going through the saw.
Well, only about 2 weeks after the set-up project, one of the "Friends" who helped with the set-up called in the favor. He pulled down several rough-cut 5/4 Maple boards that had been in his shed for well over 20 years. They were in various degrees of "straightness" and he asked if we could get them ready to build some side tables for his sofa. Time to test the saw.
OMG, what a saw! Please understand that I'm not used to this level of performance, but--- I pulled out all of my home-made straightening jigs, ran the boards through the saw, and it it didn't even know it was working. It is quiet, has No Vibration and will take anything you give it--even ripping 3 inch rough cut oak boards with no change in RPM. It is like a hot knife through butter.
So far, I'm a HUGE FAN of this saw. Now if it will give me the same longevity as the old Craftsman did, ----------
I was using a contractor table saw for my 2-car garage workshop and thought it wise to purchase an upgraded cabinet saw. One friend has a hybrid SawStop, and another has a Laguna. I was jealous of their great running machine. However, I decided to shop around and research all table saws-my wife was going to kill me on any amount I spent to upgrade.
I am not a professional and have not been woodworking very long, so this was the first time I have every heard of Grizzly. I was attracted by the low price and reviews of customer service. I decided to purchase the G0690 with mobile base.
Grizzly ships by freight, so your shipment will arrive in a few boxes on a tractor trailer. This is not an issue if you live in a normal residential area, however, I live in a gated complex. This did not seem to bother the driver; he stopped outside of my gate and pallet jacked it around the corner to my garage (Set up over the phone 30 minutes before arrival). I do have to give praise to Fedex freight; they were amazing, and they saw shipped faster than the approximate delivery date.
Putting it together was not as bad as I was expecting and my wife and I put it together in a couple hours. (You need 2 people!) The table shipped with great accuracy from the factory; I made very minor adjustments to the fence and fence rail.
I have been using it for almost 2 months and cannot be happier. I LOVE THIS TABLE SAW!! It cuts through hard wood like butter and I noticed that all of the inaccuracies I was having on my previous contractors saw was due to quality. This machine, as with all grizzly products, are built with quality.
I used the factory blade for a couple weeks and switched it out for a Diablo. This is the best investment and upgrade I have made to my garage workshop and I am out there everyday working on something. I recommend this saw to any amateur and professional woodworker. You cannot beat the quality for this price.
I heard some talk about the accuracy of the fence measurement reader and how it was lifted too high from the tape measurer on the fence. I noticed the same issue, and decided to mount the reader on the underside of the fence to make it more flush with the ruler. It works perfectly and now very precise (no special tools required, just screw it in from the bottom).
I cannot say enough good things about this table saw. My only complaint is my own dust collection set up. I am using a shopvac with Dust Right separator, and I am noticing it is not collecting the dust like I would want it to. However, with the cabinet saw, the dust will still collect inside the cabinet. Does anyone have any tips, or should I just upgrade to a better dust collection system? I do not want the motor to be affected down the line if I do not correct the problem.
I can't believe that is has now been 6-years since I bought my G0690. This was my first Grizzly machine and I continue to love it to death! I added the cast iron router extension, PLUS reused the OEM right extension for a solid cast iron table without having to use the original sheet metal extension. WOW! That really made this an amazing machine. Mounted on a Grizzly mobile base makes it a breeze to move when needed (doing sheet goods).
I had to drill matching holes to reuse the stock extension with the cast iron router extension but that was easy and well worth the effort. As far as the fence, it is great and works very well with the Grizzly adjustable Yellow Board Buddies anti-kickback wheels.
I have been so impressed with Grizzly, that I have also added a Grizzly 8in planer and a 20in drill press! All continue to surpass my expectations and perform admirably.
I recognize the names of other fellow woodworkers, from WWing blogs and share their positive impressions of this particular tablesaw. This saw is a keeper, and I do not think that I will ever have a need to replace it. Thanks Grizzly!
I received my saw yesterday, and have yet to use it. I will write a review of the tool once I have been able to hook up my electrical and put it to use.
When I received the saw, the carton was in perfect condition. Total shipping time was 1 week, and I am in a semi-rural area of Colorado. While assembling I found that I was missing the knob to keep the access door closed, and there was a small (very small) dent in the particle board table extension.
I contacted Grizzly customer service this morning through email and attached a picture of the damaged item, along with the part numbers for the knob and table extension. About 6 hours later I received a phone call, and email, telling me that replacements had been shipped and I should receive them in 3-5 days.
This saw is my second major Grizzly tool purchase, and they have definitely earned a customer for life. Their products are outstanding, and the customer service is second to none. In my opinion, a company shows their true colors when there is an issue, and Grizzly has shown that they are beyond comparison.
Sorry for this being such a long review but there was a lot to cover. If you just want to read the details of the actual saw review itself you can skip ahead to the 5th paragraph
Let me start out by giving a big shout of appreciation to Grizzly's customer service team. They have just been fantastic. We have all had to make the dreaded phone call to some companies customer service line with complicated automated prompts to navigate, that seem hell bent on keeping you from talking to a real person. Then when you somehow manage to get to a line where you can speak with a representative you first have to wait on hold for what seems like a life time only for the phone call to be answered by some one in a foreign country whom English is so broken and accent so strong you can barely understand their scripted answers about a product that they have no real knowledge of and most likely have never even seen outside of a manual. Yes we all hate that dreaded phone call but we have all had to do it. With Grizzly. I got none of the that. The automated prompts were short, easy to navigate, and only serve to get you to a rep in the right department. The few calls that I made to them had very short hold times and some had no hold time at all. Call was answered by a friendly representative who spoke clear English and when my questions required more detailed answers that were beyond the extent of her knowledge base. She immediately got me over to a product specialist who answered all of my questions honestly and in detail an no matter how many questions I asked or how rudimentary those questions were the guy always seemed pleased to answer my questions in detail and ended our phone call with if you have anymore questions at all please dont hesitate to give us a call back. It was just an awesome experience dealing with their customer service and was one of the deciding factors in purchasing the product I needed from Grizzly. So thank you for that Grizzly
So for a while I had been doing all of my work on an under powered sub-par table saw that I could never seem to get to cut true, which seriously hindered my work and always played a factor in which woodworking projects I would take on. Always avoiding anything intricate that required a lot of accuracy. So I was finally fed up and began my search for a proper table saw, comparing all of the major brands. At first I was looking at hybrid saws which seemed to suit my level of woodworking, but I decided I wanted a saw that was powerful enough and accurate enough to fulfill my needs has my woodworking progressed. So a 3hp - 5hp cabinet saw is what I needed. I knew nothing of Grizzly at first, but every time I would read forums, reviews, or watch videos about a certain brand table saw. The grizzly name would always pop up in the following thread, so they were definitely a brand to look into. I found that grizzly cabinet saws offered the same or similar specs, and warranty at half the price of competing companies saws. They are a tried and true company. Lots of people own their tables saws and everyone loves them. I also read a lot of reviews about how good their customer support is and that is important to me. So it came down to the Grizzly G0690/1 and the G1023 series saws. I placed a few phone calls to them over a couple of days to find out information like the distinct differences between the 0690 and 1023 saws and things like shipping and warranty information. Which the rep or product specially always happily answered for me. After dealing with their customer service people I was sold. I new I was purchasing my saw from them because of the great support. I just still didn't know if I wanted the 0690 or 1023. Since there were no real significant differences in the 2 saws that would make me regret buying one over the other. Ultimately I chose the G0690 because it just looks better to me, and it has slightly more cutting capacity in every aspect. Not a lot more, but some. I ordered the saw along with a couple zero clearance throat plates, the ShopFox mobile base, and the lift gate service.
I ordered the saw on a Wednesday and I am thinking with such a large item that weighs over 500 pounds shipping freight it probably wont ship until the following week sometime and I wouldn't receive it for a week after that. Boy was I wrong. To my surprise Grizzly's shipping department is just as great as their customer support. The saw shipped the next day which was Thursday. I received a phone call from the freight company on Friday saying the saw would arrive to me on Monday and all I could think was wow. That was fast.
The saw arrived to me on that Monday and I was excited. The saw and all of its component were well packed inside of 3 boxes. I unpacked all of the boxes and laid everything out to make sure it was all their. The cabinet of the saw itself is packed with some of the saws components. So dont forget to look their if you purchase this saw. First thing you notice is how detailed the manual is how easy it is to follow. They even give you instructions on how to build a few different accessories for the saw. So I followed the directions on assembling the saw which took me about 6 hours over the course of 2 days. Probably could have done it faster, but I wanted to make sure it was all perfect the first time. As this saw and some of its components are heavy. I didn't want to have to go back and do anything over again. I did have to shim the wings at the bottom edge of their matting surfaces with a piece of masking tape in order to get them to sit perfectly flat with the main table. This was easy to do and is outlined in the instruction manual. After assembling I checked the blades alignment at 45 and 90 degrees to the miter slots with my saw gauge which was surprisingly well with in tolerance. It was only off by about .003" which you just can ask for better out of the box. So I didn't need to do any adjustments their. The fence itself was about .011" off. So I again used my saw gauge and was able to get the fence to with .002" in no time. The fence is quite easy to adjust and I have not had to make any adjustments to it since. When you first power the saw on you will notice how quiet this thing is. You could literally have a conversation with someone while the saw is running, though I do not suggest doing so around running power tools. Since I have had the saw I have put it through its paces. Cutting everything from thin to thick stock softwood, hardwood, plywood, and melamine. This saw is true to every one of its 3 horsepower because nothing I have run through it has made the thing bog down. The riving was a bit difficult at first to install and remove as as the clamp that holds it is a bit tight, but I have noticed it loosen up a bit over time and becomes much easier to install and remove it. The fence rails and the the fence itself are a quality made, heavy, and robust build. Its a really nice setup. Though the blade guard looks really nice; I have never actually installed and used it, as quite frankly I never use a blade guard. Not that I recommend not using it to others. I just never use one myself. There is no shroud around the blade itself so the saw does drops to the bottom of the cabinet. The hold for the dust collection sits a couple inches above the bottom of the cabinet so you will notice the saw dust pile up in the cabinet a couple inches until it reaches the dust port, but with dust collection the saw dust will never get higher than the dust port itself. This is not great, but its just fine. I actually knew this going in as the Grizzly product specialist informed me that the 1023 series has better dust collection because it has a shroud around the blade while the G0690 does not have that. The miter gauge that comes with the slots is made of heavy cast iron and was fairly accurate out of the box. The miter slots themselves are perfectly straight. All in all I see why so many people love this saw. It is just an awesome tool. One thing I really love about this saw is the fence rail is made in such a way that it makes it is perfect for supporting the leading edge of an out feed table with out hindering the fence movement. Now I do not know if this was intentional or just a coincidence, but either way its a nice feature.
My only gripe about this saw is how short the power cord is. You only get about 6ft which is just to short unless you have a 220 volt outlet in your floor next to the saw which most people do not have. So I made a 10 foot extension cord out of 12/3 SJOOW cable. Speaking with an electrician before hand they assured me that a 10 foot extension of the proper gauge would cause a significant drop in voltage that would lessen the life of the saws motor. This isnt a gripe, just something to be aware of. One of the mounting holes on the fence rail for the magnetic switch was stripped out. It was a simple fix. So I didn't bother calling in to Grizzly about it. I just used a tap to re-thread the hole and wallah. Problem solved. Also the main throat plate that came with my saw was slightly bowed in the middle. Flushing the edges of the plate with the saws table; the middle of the plate would always sit up higher. It doesn't throw off my cuts or hinder work in any kind of way so I still use it. I just chalk it up to something that just slipped passed their quality control, because the zero clearance plates I ordered with the saw, and the dado plate that come with the saw were perfectly flat. The only thing that I would change about this saw is the clear indicator on the fence for measurements. It would be nice if it had the convex sight in it to make reading the measurement easier. Also Id love to see grizzly produce 36" rails for this saw. Standard cabinet heights are 34.5 inches so 36" fence rails would be the perfect accommodation. As it stands you have the choice between the 30" rails (GO690) or the 50" rails (G0691). All of the things I listed above are small potatoes which would definitely not affect my decision to purchase this saw again. As it is a great performing saw and has to be the best value cabinet saw on the market. I have a huge grin on my face every time I use it.
As we know, the cabinet table saw is a foundational tool for any serious well-equipped shop -- so I looked at every table saw available in my market -- including oldies but goodies that were great saws at great prices but most used saws lacked at least a riving knife, so for safetyâ€™s sake they werenâ€™t an option. In the end I bought the Grizzly. Are there better saws out there? Of course, SawStop is a Ferrari, Powermatic are great, Jet and Shop Fox look like they might have been made by Grizzly -- but in my area, the Grizzly was the best value, quality and performance combination by a long shot. Plus, so far, customer response and service has measured up to their stellar reputation -- something that drove me away from Delta after years of loyalty.
The Experience: I placed my order online and the receipt said I could expect to have my saw delivered to the curb within a few weeks. So, when I got the heads-up call from the shipper that it was coming 3 days later I was caught a bit off-guard -- but pleasantly surprised. I was more than ready to mothball my old saw and get the Grizz up and running and get into a few serious projects Iâ€™ve been putting off until I had it. Delivery was professional and courteous and the guy helped me dolly it into my shop. Everything arrived extremely well packaged and damage-free.
Assembly: I waited for brother Joe to have time to assist -- assembly is a two-man job -- and two days later got started. In the meantime I unpacked and cleaned everything -- a good coating of protective film covered every bare metal part and a light oil coated the rest. The bare metal stuff took 4-5 passes before I felt they were really clean. Cleaning allowed me to really see up close how beautifully finished everything on this saw is -- from the lustrously machined top to the automotive quality finishes and top quality precision fits -- this saw is impressive. The rolling stand it came with (a Shop Fox) is extremely robust and over-built for the saw. I suspect it might support twice the weight -- and itâ€™s a breeze to put together and rolls well. It did required a 1" wood spacer to fill a gap at the back of the saw for a snug fit -- no biggie, and better than too small.
The saw itself went together logically and precisely and aligned to the highest professional woodworking standards without a hitch. NOTE: Iâ€™ve read some commentary that the wings are difficult to align to .0000001 tolerance and not finished as well as the tabletop. First, this is a woodworking tool and NASA machine shop tolerances are not required for the most exacting work, and secondly the machining of the wings is smooth, flat and true -- and while they donâ€™t have the same luster as the tabletop, they are perfect for the saw and still aesthetically pleasing. The entire process from base to fence took about 3 hours and was easy -- even if youâ€™re not mechanically inclined.
Alignments: Out of the box, the blade stop settings at 90º and 45º were spot on using my Woodpecker alignment tools -- pretty impressive after shipping by truck across several states -- so I suspect it will hold alignment quite well rolling around my shop floor if I have the need to move it.
The table was slightly out-of-square to the blade and was easily remedied by loosening the 4 external bolts securing the top and giving it a few black-and-forth raps with a rubber mallet until it was perfect. The wings leveled perfectly without the need for micro-shims. The fence -- heavy and every bit as well built as my buddyâ€™sâ€™ Biesemeyer -- aligned straight and true following the directions (yes, some guys do that). Iâ€™m hoping it holds up over time as well as his. Make certain when you place the adhesive tape on the rail that you center the adjustment slot of the red line indicator to allow movement either way to allow for blade changes or the use of a sacrificial fence. I didnâ€™t even take the mitre out of the box as I use an Incra (best mitre on the market) so I canâ€™t speak to that, but it looks sturdy and well-made.
Performance: The most important aspect of any tool is how well it does its intended job. I got a piece of 2"+ oak off the wood rack and hit the start button. The sound of this saw powering up took me back to my first job in an industrial shop -- impressively smooth and strong. It hums without excessive noise. The fence glides silky-smooth along the full length of the rail and locks in at the tape markings precisely and positively without the tiny â€œjumpâ€ that affects many other fences.
Rip cutting the oak first, it fed like a â€œhot knife through buttahâ€ with no detectible bog and the finish cut came out nearly glue-ready -- 1" wood does come out glue-ready. I did upgrade the good blade that came with the saw to a Forrest Woodworker II 40T .125 -- hands down the best dual-purpose blade available. I also use a Freud LU85R010 10" if Iâ€™m doing repetitive cross-cutting or I need the most perfect cross-cut possible in challenging-to-cut materials. Cross-cutting delivered the same effortless, satisfying results.
SAFETY NOTE: One of this sawsâ€™ strong points, that allowed me to choose it over the SawStop, is the robust saw guard system and power. I never operate my saw without one of four precautions in place -- the full saw guard assembly, the riving knife, the precision cross-cut sled I made to fit this saw, and my fully-focused attention to the task at hand -- ignoring every other distraction. Sufficient power to muscle through difficult material -- dense or knotty wood or wood that might contain hidden moisture pockets -- makes any saw safer to operate. Binding or bogging down is a scary experience you donâ€™t want midway through a cut. And while the SawStop appears to eliminate many of these risks, I fear that placing too much trust in technology might make one complacent and a focused process/ procedure is by far your best safety asset. Plus Iâ€™ve heard the stories of the cartridge engaging from moist or difficult wood and at roughly $150 a pop between the cost of the cartridge and a wrecked, high-quality blade it can get very expensive (I know -- what cost a finger?). Then there are the guys who turn off the technology in hopes of saving a buck and essentially having a saw that is no safer than my new Grizzly.
All in all, Iâ€™m a big fan of this product and company. Iâ€™m theirs to loose.
This Saw is an excellent value and quality is top notch.\r\nWill expand my Shop with products from Grizzly in the future.\r\nHighly recommended when you are on a budget.
Really very happy with this purchase. Spent a lot of time researching table saw and this kept coming up for best bang for the buck. Great machine so far.
I bought this saw to replace an old Craftsman and I'm sure glad it did. This saw works great and makes cutting wood so much easier. Another Great product by Grizzly.
Every Grizzly product I have purchased has been a joy to have in my shop and when I do have a question about service or parts, the customer service people are both friendly and knowledgeable. Plus they look great just setting there :)
Saw was delivered in less than a week, and simple to assemble. Performed minor tuning, and it was up an running. Only negative is the fence, the adjustment devices are not precise and achieving and maintaining rip alignment is a bit of a challenge. So be ready to fuss with the fence, but overall this is a great value, and likely the best saw you can buy for the price.
Common Questions and Answers about the G0690:
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.
Can I install an H7507 extension wing router table on this saw?
Yes, but because the G0690/G0691 uses different fence rails than the G1023RL-Series saws, you will need to drill your own mounting holes in the H7507 to make it fit properly in place of the stock wing. Instead of going to all this work, we recommend getting the T10222 Router Table Extension, which was designed especially for this saw. Not only is this option much easier to install, but it also includes its own independent fence system, a starting pin, four miter slots, and an auxiliary support leg for increased stability.
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.