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Grizzly G0555P 14" Band Saw Review

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Blog entry by Brian024 posted 07-31-2011 12:14 AM 7403 reads 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my review of Grizzly’s G0555P 14” Band Saw.



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Timthemailman

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#1 posted 07-31-2011 01:12 AM

Nice opening to your Video, thanks for the review Brian. A band saw or planer is going to be my next tool. Thanks for the post

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#2 posted 07-31-2011 02:31 AM

I own one also. Be sure to change the tires to urethane.

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#3 posted 07-31-2011 05:10 AM

Thanks for an informative review. I’ve seen this model in the catalog and found your review to be very helpful.

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#4 posted 07-31-2011 06:19 AM

Great video. Nice that it comes with a fence. For the price I paid for my Delta 14 it should of come with it.
The riser block is great to have. I just installed one on my saw and love the knew feature..

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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#5 posted 07-31-2011 02:39 PM

Thanks Brian. I was hoping you would get you delivery this week. I have my Grizzly BS coming on Wednesday and this should help me with the assembly. The bolt position on the fence rail was a good heads up. It’s the little thing that make an assembly go smoothly.

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Brian024

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#6 posted 07-31-2011 06:10 PM

Thanks guys, glad you all liked it and found it informative also the new intro and format, I figured it was about time that I put a proper intro in. I plan on writing a more detailed review for the review section after I have had a few months to use it, and put a new blade on it. Thanks for mentioning that Steve, I have heard it is a good idea to change the tires out. Mike, I had looked at the Delta and that was the one thing that turned me away from it, was that it did not include a fence. The riser block was definitely worth the extra $70, even though I probably won’t use the full 12” capacity to often, it is a whole lot better than 6”. Will, congrats and I hope you enjoy it as much as I’m enjoying mine.

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#7 posted 07-31-2011 06:31 PM

Nice video I have the same saw and have been very happy with it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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harley04

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#8 posted 07-31-2011 09:48 PM

I also just got my Grizzly Polar saw a couple weeks ago and am happy with it. I did not get the riser block as it is not necessary for what I do. One problem I had was the box was missing the hardware bags but customer service at Grizzly was great and sent the stuff UPS so I got it in 3 days. The only other problem was as you mentioned, the instructions could be more detailed. Hope you enjoy your saw as much as I do mine.

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#9 posted 07-31-2011 11:52 PM

Very informative. Thanks Brian. Now I want to buy one! I seriously don’t think I’ve ever heard of anyone dissatisfied with any Grizzly saw. Love to see reviews of your other tools.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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Brian024

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#10 posted 08-01-2011 06:19 AM

The one thing I hear most often about Grizzly is their customer service, also I think that their machines are a great value and rarely hear any bad things about them. Harley, to me the riser block kit really isn’t all that necessary since the saw is just 1 hp. Trying to resaw a full 12” thick piece of stock might be a bit tough even with an after market blade. I’ll probably attempt it just to what it is like. Steve, I like that idea since the majority of my tools I have had over 8 months.

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#11 posted 08-01-2011 08:32 PM

I’m very much interested in this exact saw. Thanks for the informative video!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 08-02-2011 06:22 AM

I’ve had my GO550P for about 5 months now. I switched from a third Craftsman saw that was giving me problems. Best decision I could have made ! I’ve used this saw for resawing 5” Red Oak, with no problem. I was impressed with the ease of set-up, & really appreciated the new found quietness as compared to the Craftsman saw. I’m still using the original 3/8” 6 tooth blade, but I switch it out for a 1/2” 4 tooth blade for resawing. So far, I have almost nothing bad to say about this machine, EXCEPT, even with the 4” port, dust collection is a little iffy. Way to many big gaps in the blade cover doors !!

-- And then, just when you thought things couldn't get any worse . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Brian024

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#13 posted 08-03-2011 08:08 PM

Thanks for the information Jim. Dust collection is one things i am unsure of as I’m not running a dust collector but thanks for mentioning that.

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slabster

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#14 posted 08-22-2011 01:41 AM

Enjoyed your video.

Re: new tire recommendation, call me a cynic, but I’d like to know why. Urethane may not be well-suited for some Grizzly BSs. See comment from Tom Esh in this thread… Urethane-or-Rubber

Similar to replacing old light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs, I wouldn’t replace new factory (Grizzly) tires until necessary… the originals are worn-out. That said, all rubber tires are not equal and a cheapo BS (not G-0555) may have cheapo rubber tires.

-- David, USA - New Jersey

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#15 posted 11-13-2011 06:32 AM

I’m a little late with this since my old Craftsman just bit the dust. I was looking into a replacement and this saw stands out among all that I have been able to find on the web. I’m pretty sure I am going to go for it. If you see this, let me know how sure you are that you made the right decision about getting the Riser Block and accessories. Have you resawn a 12” board yet?

thanks for the nice review.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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