Well, after many months of trying to make my Harbor Freight bandsaw do things it wasn’t designed to do, and many months of trying to decide which bandsaw I would replace it with, I finally bit the bullet today and ordered a Grizzly G0514X2B. For 6 times the price of the HF version, this should be the last bandsaw I ever purchase. I am considering selling the HF saw on CL and replacing it with a benchtop Rikon that’s on sale until the end of June.
I considered getting the Rikon 10-341, on sale for less than $1,000 right now at Woodcraft, but I had already decided on the Grizzly and didn’t want to settle for less with the Rikon. Hopefully I won’t regret the decision to spend more, although I did have a 5% off coupon code and the shipping was less with Grizzly. Grizzly did piss me off a little when I tried to call and email them to ask if they would compete with Woodcraft at all for my business and they basically told me to !@#$ myself. Not what I was expecting, but oh well. That just means that any tool purchase in the future will most likely not be from them, but it was gonna take a lot for me to go with another bandsaw. I don’t really understand the mentality of not competing for someone’s business. The only thing I was really looking for was another 5% off or perhaps delivery being waived, not the 25%+ discount that Woodcraft is offering on the Rikon. The way Grizzly does their sales and coupon promos leaves a lot to be desired, but I guess it is what it is.
Regardless, I can’t tell you guys how excited I am to get this saw delivered and test it out. I have stocked up with some rough lumber, including some 8/4 quilted maple, walnut, QS white oak, QS sycamore, cocobolo, rosewood and quilted redwood, none of which could be resawn on my HF saw. Also have ordered a 3/4” woodslicer and a 1/4 blade for curves and flatwork.
I haven’t had much response from members here on the rare occasion that I do make a post, so I hope I’m not doing anyting wrong. I sure would like to hear from people who have a version of the 513 or 514 to see how they like their saws and any recommendations they might have.
-- Jim, Denton, TX