I was thinking of purchasing a nice table saw to do some cabinet work. My first priority is accuracy. Does anyone have any experience with the Grizzly 1023Z with the Shop Fox Fence? Any comments or other suggestions are appreciated.
My experience is with their g1023S model, not the z. The saw is accurate, powerful and well made. It was easy to set up and really hums. No complaints, just a big happy grin every time I fire it up. I like the g1023s better than the g1023z because it's over $200 less and the fence which comes with the "S" model is a Shop Fox Classic fence ( a Biesemeyer clone)and is better than the one which comes with the "Z". The only difference between the "S" and the "Z" is that the "Z" comes with a dust hood, motor cover and regular Shop Fox fence. Grizzly is having a sale and the g1023s is on sale for $755 plus $68 for shipping. I'd also get the optional motor cover ($30, as it will help with dust collection.
When I was doing a ton of MDF cutting, I inquired about what would be a good blade for it.
I got a triple grind, 80 tooth, glue joint rip blade. It also is listed for laminate cutting.
Smooth as silk and a fine edge with it. It also crosscuts excelent.
MDF has a high amount of glue bonding it together. Also it is very "rubbery" when cut thin. A 97" x 3/4" x 1/8" strip of it can be bent into a full circle!
My blade is a Systematic. Don't remember the numbers other than that.
That and a Versafeeder made short work of several hundreds of feet of custom molding I made.