Grizzly’s G0691 isn’t loaded with extra doodads, but for the reasonable price of $1,350 (as of 2010), it should be a good workaday saw for today’s thinner wallet.
The saw’s mid-sized table provides 14″ of real estate in front of the blade when set to cut 3/4″ stock — several inches more than some other competitor saws. A steel-and-plastic split guard, connected to a high riving knife, slides out by engaging a knurled release pin you can access through the throatplate. A second low-position knife slips into place without requiring a wrench.
The rip fence locks down positively and can be adjusted for square in two directions — nice. While I like the fact that the fence’s plastic facings will be easy to replace using exposed screws, they weren’t flat. I needed to shim them.
The saw’s three-piece cast trunnion is thick and helps the motor drive the blade powerfully with three V-belts. Although the saw had no trouble tackling tough rip cuts, dust collection left 16 handfuls behind. But, I like the saw’s access door around the port for removing larger scraps. Grizzly also includes a dadoing insert plate, standard.
Chromed hand wheels provided smooth blade travel in all directions. Grizzly could improve the bevel tilt scale here: major reference angles are only labeled every 15°, unlike the 5° layout of other saws. A tilt pointer closer to the scale would help improve beveling accuracy, too.
Rounding out the package, you get a miter gauge with setscrew bar adjusters. Here’s a saw with today’s updated guard system but low on frills.