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Blog entry by Dustgineer posted 47 days ago 1094 reads 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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



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JAY Made

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#1 posted 47 days ago

Can I come over and play too? :)

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Dustgineer

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#2 posted 47 days ago

Hey Jay, looks like your in MA? You can certainly stop by but that would be a long trip!!

How is your Steel City planer holding up? I still love mine after 3 months or so.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#3 posted 47 days ago

It’s great Sunday I emptied my 25 gal trash can full of shavings and last night I just about filled it up again with the planer.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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Dustgineer

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#4 posted 47 days ago

Good deal, mine has been used extensive as well, partially due to me wasting wood because I couldn’t resaw it properly. The bandsaw is unique in that regard in my view as it is the only tool in the shop that “creates” raw material.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#5 posted 47 days ago

Hopefully I will be able to get a band saw this fall.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#6 posted 47 days ago

Which ones are you looking at? Is it sad that part of me enjoyed the searcch?

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#7 posted 47 days ago

Wow! at 19” your new saw will handle almost anything! Congrats on the new tool. +1 on your blade choice, too. I’ve had excellent service and results from my 1/2” Woodslicer blades.

I had looked at their 14 and 17 inch saws before I bought my Rikon 14. I must say I’m happy with it after a couple of years, although i’d like to have a foot brake….

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#8 posted 47 days ago

I think I’m leaning towards the Rikon 10-325, like you I want to be able to resaw. I did look at the Grizzly G0513ANV however the whole freight/lift gate service thing intimidates me a little. I live at the end of a court and a semi would not be able to get down it. They would probably drop it off on the curb of the main street and I would have a hard time getting to my house, let alone getting it down into the basement thought the bulk head. I think the Rikon will be easier to get and to get into the basement. Both saws look very good but I think in this case the convince factor is pushing me to Rikon. I will be able to go to Woodcraft and pick it up it will fit in the back of my Escape.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#9 posted 47 days ago

Gerry,

Thanks for the words of encouragement! Yeah, I kinda went overboard here for being mainly a hobbyist. I do plan to do some custom cabinets on the side for some extra money though. I just had such a bad taste in my mouth from buying the HF band saw and realizing that I had made a mistake. I intend for this to be the last large bandsaw I buy. I have a 1/2” woodslicer on the HF bandsaw and that is the only thing that has made it somewhat useable, so I will stay with it and increase the size to 3/4” and see how it works out. Hard to go wrong, especially at that price.

I have gone back and forth on the G0513X2BF and the G0514X2B. The only thing the 513 has that the 514 doesn’t is the foot brake, and it can be added to the 514 for $150. I’ll see if I need it or not. The extra features of the 514 caused budget creep to get me lol! Plus my birthday is 5-14 so that sealed the deal. Hoping I don’t regret it.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#10 posted 47 days ago

Jay,

Are you sure the liftgate service is with a semi? I thought it was with a moving truck? I guess I can let you know how it goes when I get mine delivered early next week. It only cost me an extra $35 for the service, fyi. I had considered the 10-325 before I got budget creep. It seems like a really nice saw. I do wonder about the claimed 13” resaw capacity with a 1.5 hp motor though. If I had to keep myself at $1,000, which was my original budget lol, I would most likely choose the 10-325, 10-341 (it’s on sale for $950 right now) or the G0513X2.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#11 posted 47 days ago

Yeah let me know how the delivery went.

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#12 posted 47 days ago

Will do

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#13 posted 47 days ago

Congrats

-- Norman

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#14 posted 46 days ago

Thanks Norman

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#15 posted 46 days ago

Just received the notification that it will be here Tuesday! Saturday and Sunday will be spent moving my planer to a different spot to make room for the larger bandsaw and custom outfeed table/workbench I plan to build for it, replumbing the DC due to the rearrangements and building the mobile base for the bandsaw.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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