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Which table saw

This is not a tech questions but an advice from expert . I am a first time table saw buyer and have done an extensive research and for my needs i have narrow down to two choices. steel city mod 35675 3 hp 30" or
grizzly G1023SL 3 hp 30". can you give me some input on these models
your input will be much appreciated then the ads
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  • ctanner66 Jan 06, 2009

    you have brought up some comments that I probably would not have noticed until after the purchase of the saw ,such as ergonomic issues. thanks for your time and advice. i will take your advice and go with it



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I work in the carpentry shop for the Metropolitan Opera.  Part of my responsibilities there are to maintain the shop tools which include several table saws.    First I will say that your choices are both good. The models you have chosen are both shop quality, heavy duty, production models.  These are not your cheapo underpowered consumer or even pro-sumer quality saws.  These are professional quality, one per lifetime tools.  The decision to buy one of these saws new is one that calls for insight and experience.  Take into consideration the size of the room in which you will install the saw.  Consider which one is easier to change the blade.  Will you be cutting a  variety of materials or just pine?  Does the work you want to do involve repetitious jobs requiring jig set ups or are you just doing general carpentry?     Well I think I can give you a few things to think about before making a life-long investment such as one of these.   Based on all the internet reviews and specs I found, the Grizzly is a better value and the company gives very good support.  The ergonomics of blade replacement, fence operation, and on/off switch placement are the most important factors in regular use.  The fact that Grizzly gives great customer support rates very highly in my book.  In its price range the Grizzly is one of the best values and that goes a long way when you have to buy accessories to accommodate your needs for the tool.  The choice is clear to me...Grizzly.     Some other things mentioned in the reviews of the Grizzly.  A blade wrench is not provided with purchase of the new saw.  Contact the manufacturer when you decide on the other accessories you may want.  The table and other non-powder coated parts are shipped coated with cosmolene, a protective petrolium oily wax coating used to also protect guns.  Apparently cosmolene is best removed by heat (140 degrees should do). Wrap the parts in absorbent rags or newspaper and place in a tent made of a garbage bag and run a blow dryer into it for about 30 minutes.  Then remove the rest physically with rags or spray with WD-40 and wipe.  The lower the heat temperature the less the smell of the cosmolene persists.  Without reading up on cosmolene removal my first choice for removal would have been Goo-Gone or Goof-Off graffiti/gum remover, which is the least toxic solvent for petrolium waxes.   Leave yourself plenty of time to set up your new saw,  and consider its weight is considerable when traversing stairs and such.  You should not have much difficulty as all the reviews give Grizzly the highest marks on ease of accurate set-up.  Good Luck!

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