Well over half of the emails sent to me are on the subject of tools. I have no objections to responding to them but I thought it would be beneficial to start a video library of sorts to briefly touch on what I think of a particular tool or set of tools. These won’t be in depth tool reviews as I know very few people are interested in that kind of thing and I really don’t want to go over all the details. Instead I’ll just focus on the things I like about the tool, things I don’t like about the tool, and would I buy it again. I have a huge list of “episodes” that can be made and plan on releasing one per week. Hopefully this will be helpful to some people.
SawStop PCS vs. Grizzly G0690
Specifications for the Grizzly G0690 found here: http://www.grizzly.com/products/10-3HP-220V-Cabinet-Table-Saw-with-Riving-Knife/G0690
Specifications for the SawStop PCS found here: http://www.sawstop.com/table-saws/by-model/professional-cabinet-saw?gclid=CjwKEAiA7f-yBRDAgdv4jZ-78TwSJAA_WdMa8Ong676dwqPCpduX-XVg1i0JOawKz7b6AQhni7O5lxoCHg7w_wcB#specs
I paid $1,504.31 including freight for the G0690 in March of 2014. I received the SawStop PCS at no out of pocket cost to me in a marketing arrangement in April or May of 2015. I did not pay out of pocket for the SawStop table saw and am not required to say anything good or bad or write anything good or bad about the saw. The views and opinions here are purely mine. Keep in mind that I’m comparing a $1,500+ saw to a $3,000+ saw. Based on price alone the SawStop should be the better saw.
Head to Head:
- Motor – Both saws had a 3hp motor that ran off of 240v electricity. Neither have bogged down at anything I’ve cut with them.
- Fence – Both fences perform as intended and didn’t have any problems. I do prefer the scale pointers more on the SawStop.
- Cast iron top – The size and finish are about the same. Less sharp edges on the SawStop.
- Cut capacity – Both saws have options to get up to 52″ cut capacity to the right of the blade. On the Grizzly I moved my stock rails to the right to get a total of about 36.5″ or 37″. The SawStop model I’m using has a capacity to the right of the blade of 52″. For what I do I think the sweet spot is about 36″ of cut capacity. I very rarely use anything more than that.
- Riving knife – Both have quick release riving knives that work well but the one on the SawStop is easier. It has a large handle that you turn slightly to release where as the Grizzly had a thumb screw type of release.
- Insert plates – I like the way the SawStop insert plates lock down and are removed much more than the Grizzly. Even with an aftermarket zero clearance insert on the Grizzly I prefer the SawStop insert plates.
- Assembly – I had zero complaints or problems with either assembly but the packaging, instructions, and overall process was better with the SawStop.
- Setup – Setup and dialing the saw in on the G0690 was pretty smooth. I didn’t have any problems but it did take some time. I had zero setup time on the SawStop. According to a dial indicator the blade and fence were both parallel with the miter slots from the factory and the only adjustment I had to make was making the fence perpendicular to the saw top surface.
- Dust collection – The SawStop has better dust collection. It has a dust shroud inside the cabinet that puts the suction right on the blade. I also received the Overarm Dust Collection kit for the SawStop. It works very well but I find it to be in the way so I removed it.
- Mobile base – Neither saw has a mobile base standard with it. I put a Shop Fox mobile base on the bottom of the Grizzly and it did the job. The Industrial Mobile base that I got with the SawStop is amazing. If you ever see one of these saws in a retail store make sure you play with the industrial mobile base. It is the heaviest item in my shop and moves around the easiest.
Would I buy either the SawStop PCS or the Grizzly G0690 again?
I know first hand that making large tool investments in a hobby woodworking shop is primarily dependent upon your budget and secondarily on wants. I’ve wanted a SawStop table saw since the first time I saw a demonstration of the safety feature. But at the time of purchasing my Grizzly G0690 I simply could not afford it. If I were to go back in time and be in the same situation that limited my table saw purchase to the Grizzly I would definitely buy it again. The G0690 did everything I needed it to do and I had absolutely zero problems out of it. However, if some crazy situation happened today where I sold my house and the shop was sold with it I would purchase the SawStop PCS for the next shop. The safety feature speaks for itself and every little detail and evidence of quality is much greater on my SawStop than on my G0690.