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Grizzly G0715P Table Saw Review and Setup

 

My last table saw was a Hitachi C10FL table saw that I bought from a contractor that went out of business. It seemed like it would be a great upgrade from my Dewalt contractor saw, but it ended up being trash that was made only marginally better by an aftermarket fence. So I made the plunge and decided to purchase a new table saw. Several local woodworkers recommended the Grizzly G0715P table saw including my friend Brian who’s a professional carpenter and hobbyist woodworker, as well as my friend Ken at Topnotch Woodworks.

Grizzly G0715P Table Saw Setup

The G0715P arrives on a pallet and weighs over 400 pounds. Do yourself a favor and pay lift service from the freight company. The cabinet is bolted to the pallet. You’ll have to reach underneath the pallet and use the provided allen wrenches to remove the bolts.

Installing the Cast Iron Wings

The Grizzly G0715P table saw has two cast iron wings that connect to the saw with 6 bolts that install using the provided allen wrenches. Before installing the wings inspect the edges for dirt, burs, and bumps, and file away anything you find that might affect the alignment of the wings. The wings are heavy. You’ll want a helping hand, or a fixture that you can rest the weight of the cast iron wings on while you install the bolts. Use a level to verify the flatness of the installation at the front and the back. It can also help to have a flashlight handy. If you can see light between the bottom of the level and the table top, you need to readjust. Take your time to make sure your wings are installed dead flat from corner to corner.

Installing the Rails

The next step is to install the front and back rails. The rails connect to the tabletop with nuts and bolts that are tightened using the provided set of allen wrenches. There’s really only one way they fit together, so it’s hard to mess this step up. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the rails need to be level with the table-top. I used a combination square to measure the distance from the top of the table to the top of the rail at one corner, and then adjusted the opposite corner to match. It’s not very important that this distance be a specific measurement: only that it’s the same at both ends.

Installing The Fence

The G0715P comes with a Biesemeyer style fence that’s very similar to the Shop Fox fence I installed on my previous saw. However the G0715P’s fence has more adjustments than the Shop Fox and it’s easier to install and dial in. Drop the fence onto the front rail align it with the miter slot to the right of the blade. The fence needs to be parallel with the miter slot, so use the set screws on the back of the fence’s guide to make adjustments until the edge of the fence aligns perfectly with the miter slot.

The fence should “float” above the tabletop about 1/16″. To make this adjustment, use the vertical adjustment set screws. This allows the fence to float above any debris that would otherwise bind it up as you attempt to move it. After you make this adjustment it’s important to verify that the fence is still perpendicular to the table top. Use a square to take this measurement. If you can see light between the square and the fence it needs adjustment which is made by making slight adjustments to one of the two vertical alignment set screws.

Installing the Blade and Blade Guard

Blade installation is easy. Use the blade depth dial to raise the blade arbor to maximum height. Remove the nut that secures the blade to the arbor, slide the blade onto the arbor, and tighten the nut.

One of my favorite features of this saw is that it comes with both a blade guard and a riving knife, and swapping them is a breeze. There is a button you complete and release to lock and unlock the blade guard or riving knife which is accessed by an opening in the rear of the throat plate. Push the button in, swap in the desired guard, and release. It’s so easy to add or remove the blade guard that woodworkers might actually use it!

Optional Step: Converting to 110

My shop is depressingly under-powered which is one of the reasons I chose the G0715P.  The saw comes pre-wired for 220 but can be converted to 110 easily. The instruction manual provides the details but essentially you open the cover on the motor that hides the wiring, rotate two silver jumpers, and then close it back up. Then you need to pop open the switch box, replace a breaker, and replace the plug with one for a 20 amp socket. Just remember to order the breaker and the replacement plug ahead of time so you don’t end up waiting for parts to arrive.

Tension the Belt

Somehow I managed to miss the step. It might even be missing from the manual but I’m not entirely sure. When  first started the saw the blade “shimmied” but didn’t actually rotate. I quickly realized the belt must not be tensioned. Open up the cabinet and you’ll notice a bolt to the top left that fastens the motor to the cabinet. Pull the motor down to a point where the belt feels good and tight, and then tighten the bolt.

Grizzly G0715P Table Saw Review and First Impressions

My first impressions of my new Grizzly G0715P table saw are incredibly positive.

The fact that the saw comes with both a blade guard and riving knife and provides an easy way to switch them shows that Grizzly understands the reality of woodworking and wants to provide a convenient way to use the blade guard’s safety features when it doesn’t make a particular cut impossible.

The saw also comes with two throat plates: one for cuts with a standard or thin-kerf blade and one for making dado cuts. This might be standard for higher-end saws: I don’t know because I’ve never owned one.

The G0715P has a conveniently placed switch and safety features. The On position is recessed so it’s difficult if not impossible to turn the saw on accidentally. There is also a locking feature. You can insert a pin that prevents the power from being engaged accidentally. I really like that the switch is located at knee height, and turning the saw off is as easy as a quick bump. You don’t even have to reach down.

The rip fence is terrific. As I said it’s similar to the Shop Fox fence I installed on my last saw, but the G0715P fence provides more adjustments made with the included allen wrenches. Using a square and maybe some finger gauges it’s a breeze to get the vertical and horizontal alignment of this fence dialed in.

The vertical and angle adjustments are smooth. On many saws it takes a some effort to dial in these adjustments. The G0715P is smooth and easy to adjust. I also love the angle gauge. My previous saw didn’t have an angle gauge. Not only does the G0715P feature an integral angle gauge, it actually seems accurate.

The Grizzly G0715P is quiet. This saw is a will not offend your ear-holes in the way that others do. In fact, it actually runs quieter than my bandsaw.

The G0715P has integral dust collection. There’s a 4″ port on the side of the cabinet.

The manual provides projects to make the most of your saw. I was really impressed to see that the manual includes plans to help you make the most out of your new toy. This includes push sticks, sleds, featherboards, and more.