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Solid saw with some faults
on May 26, 2011
I had little difficulty assembling this saw (I had practice which I will describe later). I removed the table top to lighten the weight as I had to take it down the steps to my basement. I believe removal of the top is a good idea in anyone's case because it allows for easy access and removal of all the cosmoline, and there's lots of it. There's no way to do a good job of this with the top on since it hides the top of the trunnions where the cosmoline is the heaviest, and you'd never see it with the top on. Also, the top is so easy to reinstall because of the base-mounted trunnions. I used a dial indicator to true up the saw blade/miter gauge slot parallelism. I had to reset the stop so the blade stopped exactly perpendicular to the table surface. I don't believe I should not have had to do that on a saw of this calibre.
I put the saw on a HTC3000 mobile base. Other saw owners have been disappointed with the Shop Fox base they purchased from Grizzly along with their G0690. Installing the cast iron extension wings was an easy task even though I did it myself, and I'm 70. One disappointment regarding the wings, though, which is one of the reasons I knocked down the rating from 5 to 4 stars, is the milling quality of the wings. There was a high quality milling on the table top. It even has somewhat of a mirror finish when viewed at a low angle. The wings, though, weren't even close. In fact, they were almost rough to the touch. I called Grizzly, and they said they should be the same grind quality, and were going to ship a new set to me. When I received them, the new ones were no better, so I returned them to Grizzly. I spent a little time, and sanded the original ones with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper and T-9, and they're now close enough to the finish of the table top to somewhat satisfy me. The fit is excellent. There's no more than .004" gap anywhere on the table and wings using a feeler gauge. That's close enough for my needs.
I had to adjust the fence slightly for parallelism as well as the miter gauge for being perpendicular to my Woodworker II saw blade. Please do not use the tape scale that comes with this saw. It's shrunken in accuracy, and will cut your workpiece short of the intended dimension. Recommend purchasing a Starrett tape scale from Woodcraft. The included wrenches were cheesy in my opinion, as well as too short for safe blade removal. I did not feel comfortable putting my hands that close to the blade. I purchased longer-reach Craftsman wrenches to use instead. The wrench that came with my 15-year old Jet contractor saw was better quality than what Grizzly provided on one of their high end saws.
Being used to a 1-1/2HP saw for 15 years, cutting with this new saw is significantly easier with pushing the wood through with less effort. As an intermediate-level woodworker, I did not believe I needed a 3HP saw, so I had initially purchased Grizzly's G0715P 2HP hybrid saw. It had a lot of nice specified features similar to their cabinet saws. I received it, and set it up (this is why I said I had had assembly practice). Since I use a dial indicator to check all critical setup factors, I was really surprised when I found the blade would not reach parallelism with the miter gauge slot. At full height, the blade would toe out at the back side, and would toe in when set lower, say, to make a cut for 3/4" thick wood. The measured difference between high and low blade height settings was 80 thousandths of an inch! That makes the saw dangerous for potential kickback. I returned the saw, and spent the additional $500 for the G0690. I now believe it was money well spent.