I just got and assembled the 1023sl. Great machine and a great fence. Very stout and smooth all the way around. Highly recommended. I've seen the ridgid fence and the shop fox fence on the 1023sl is much better.
I also have the 6" Griz jointer and like it real well ,couldn`t tell you if its better than any of the others mentioned. Have a Griz bandsaw and drill press, bandsaw is great, drill looks crude. Woody 1
Congratulations on your retirement, hope I get to one day.
I don't have any Grizzly equipment, but I have use several and I recall them being just fine.
I have researched their equipment a little over the years,(they send a catalog) and
I do know from looking at their equipment that they buy the same casting's that you might get from a Harbor Freight, or Jet for example. If I remember right they (used) to claim that they finished their castings better and added more robust bearings and other (hardware). They consider themselves the elite of the (Asian) brands.
I have been thinking of one of the tilting Shapers myself.
Richard: The Shop Fox fence on the Grizzly is a knock off of the Beisemeyer. The Biese is the most copied fence in the industry which says a lot. The Shop Fox is sturdy and does not budge. I did drill a couple of holes in the top to attach auxiliary gadgets to but was really no problem. I'm happy with everything about the saw, including the fence. Jeff
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Congrats on the retirement and welcome to the forums. Keep an eye out on the garage sales and such. I bought an old Craftsman jointer years back and still use it. It is the 6" cast iron version circa 1948. Reference the shaper, not real sure but I think that the high hp routers will swing the shaper blades. I have the Hitachi M-12-V which is 3+ hp and has the 1/2 collet in addition to the 1/4. I have the DeWalt 12 1/2" planer. Like it but if I were to buy now I would probably opt for the 2 speed one that is 13" or if I could afford it would go to the 16". Mine has served me well. Good Luck in the woodworking and have fun but be safe.......
Putting together a shop can be a ton of fun. Overall I like Ridgid and I think Grizz is very good as well. Grizz has some tools that have been very highly regarded by forum members. Mainly the 1023 Cab Saw, the G0555 Band Saw, and their 6 and 8 inch jointers.
I actually have not heard much about their 12-13 inch planers much. I recall back in the day their 12-13 inch planers did NOT have cutterhead locks and did snipe a bit. Now they could have changed their planers and I do not know about it, but make sure you read the fine print there. Delta, Dewalt, Ridgid, make pretty good quality lunchbox planers. Heck,the Ryobi gets good reviews.
I think the orange table saw you are looking at is a good solid saw. Grizz has some nice saws as well but make sure you check the AMPS, and many Grizz saws need a dedicated 20 amp circuit.
I have the Grizzly 0555 bandsaw, 1182hw jointer, and 0505 planer, and I have been very satisfied with the performance of each of these machines. Set-up followed the instructions right down the line. I had two bolts missing for the rear rail for the 0555; emailed Grizzly customer service, and had them in my possession three days later no charge, no hassles. When I decide to replace my tablesaw, I definitely will look at their offerings at that time.