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.