Some people like boxing. I like a good power tool face off in the forums, where woodworkers start posting in ALL CAPS AT EACH OTHER in defense of their favorite brand. To me there’s a lot of good wisdom in these kinds of
fist fights, er… conversations ;)
A recent WoodNet forum post asked about the Grizzly 1023 vs. a Unisaw. More specifically the poster found a really good deal on a Delta Unisaw (considered by some to be the best of the best cabinet saws) and wondered if it it was actually 50% better than the Grizzly 1023.
Here’s a breakdown of answers to the question: Is a Delta Unisaw 50% Better than a Grizzly 1023?
Many people cited phenomenal customer support from Grizzly, while only lackluster support from Delta. Here’s a direct quote from an owner of a Delta X5:
“I own a Delta X5 Unisaw with 50″ Bies fence. I got a great deal on mine from Amazon otherwise I would probably have a Grizzly TS in my shop. Having used the 1023 quite a bit and owning the Delta X5 I would say that there is not a 50% price premium between the two.”
Here’s the original thread: I hate questions like this… Grizzly or Delta TS?
That Grizzly 1023 vs. Unisaw thread got me pumped so I looked around for some more and found a Grizzly 1023 vs. a Craftsman Pro (the Craftsman OR35504 hybrid). Here are the results of that debate:
Grizzly 1023SL: 7 votes
Craftsman Pro: 2 votes
Here’s the original thread: Craftsman Pro Vs Grizzly 1023 left tilt
Does Anyone Hate Their Grizzly 1023 TS?
Grizzly 1023S Features
Grizzly 1023 (set up photos)
Grizzly Tools – What is Your Opinion?
I usually find people’s choice in tools to be reflected in the quality of their work. People who appreciate quality produce quality. People looking for a bargain usually produce a bargain product.
There is a reason quality machinery costs what it does.
Having been in the Woodworking industry for 27 years, I have but one thing to quote for all the woodworkers out there, both profetional and novice,
“Machinery is only as good as the person that mantains it.” and “Woodworking is only as precice as the eye of the man creating it.”
These words come not from me but my mentor. he was not only an incredible woodworker but also an incredible machinest. I have found that the $78 harbor freight direct drive table saw will sometimes do better cutting after some “pro- mantenance” than Delta, bridgewood, Unisaw and the likes if the machinery is not taken care of. To argue over personal preference is a loosing battle. Ford and Chevy have been at it for years…..