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unisaw vs griz

I sold my old #$%& table saw before I sold my house and am having a new house built. I was going to buy a new griz after the house was complete but just ran into a CL ad for a unisaw 36-951, 3HP 220V left tilt with 52" table and a unifence for $1000. Pictures look like it's brand new. I always wanted the unisaw but couldn't justify the $$$. Delta changed model numbers many times as they tweeked part of the saw. Any insights into the model 36-951? Would you spend the $1000 vs the ~$1600 for the griz?
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I'd take the unisaw.


The only real downside for me is the loss of the riving knife, where as the unisaw has the more traditional bolt on splitter.

The tools don't make the craftsman....
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I like grizz,but do NOT count on any resale $$.It just ain't there.For instance,and this is but one of several deals....We bought a 5HP grizz shaper,used,still on the factory pallet and smeared with the goo for less than .40 cents on the $.

Generally,as I see it,grizz is a "run it into the ground",sell it for next to nuthin.But,we make bank with it whilst here.Price of doing biz.
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I disagree with that statement. I've seen decent resale on normal equipment around my area with grizzly. Now a 5hp shaper has a pretty small market, so I suspect you'd have had a similar situation with most 5 hp shaper brands.

Much like the resale value of 3 phase equipment is crap, not because the product is bad, just because the market is much smaller.

Resale value is directly correlated to the size of the market available. If there's only one guy willing to make an offer, well your going to get what he offers you, if there's 10 guys chomping at the bit to buy your used 3 hp table saw, your resale is likely to go up.

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I would go with the Unisaw.
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The Unisaw. In my opinion the Unisaw is the only option for a table saw. Powermatic and General make good saws, but they are not Unisaws.
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post #7 of 12 Old 05-20-2016, 09:15 AM
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specifically, what is the differtence?

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The Unisaw. In my opinion the Unisaw is the only option for a table saw. Powermatic and General make good saws, but they are not Unisaws.
What could possibly be so different about a Unisaw, other than Deltas parts service is questionable?

I use several Delta Unisaw fences because of their versatility, so I know about that aspect. I also have a 12" Powermatic 68 which has velvet smooth controls and a 5 HP motor, with a Biesmeyer fence. I can't imagine that it gets much better than that....

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I have a unisaw at home for my contracting business, and a grizzly (G1023) at work. the unisaw is built better, runs smoother, and stays accurate longer. my $0.02.


but, I would entertain a Powermatic any day!
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Depending on the condition, I'd probably go with the Unisaw if it's really nice. The Uni is built for heavy duty industrial use in a commercial setting where it'd be run hard daily. The Griz is well built, but probably not as robust as the Uni...on the upside, the Griz will be brand new with warranty and a modern riving knife. If you're a hobbyist both are going to meet your needs extremely well.
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The OP asked advice about which saw to buy. My adivce: Unisaw.

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What could possibly be so different about a Unisaw, other than Deltas parts service is questionable?
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post #11 of 12 Old 05-20-2016, 03:58 PM
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Well, that was to be expected....

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The OP asked advice about which saw to buy. My adivce: Unisaw.
no, really?

I'm tryin' to get at why you're in love with them? Tables are pretty substantial on both, trunnions are also. Bearings may be different, but I doubt Grizzly would cheap out on them, and we would certainly know if they were an issue. Motors may have some differences, I donno? I owned some Grizzly tools and the fit and finish was as good as any. So.... what's the difference?

Especially compared to a Powermatic?

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As long as it has a Beisemeyer fence on it I'll use it without much complaint reguardless of color,fit or finish.

Personal preference? Unisaw
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