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Blog entry by Rick Boyett posted 10-17-2009 05:10 PM 1440 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago, I bought this bandsaw off Craigslist. It’s a great little Grizzly BS.

A couple of weeks ago I bought about 50 bd ft of Black Walnut from a fella at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, TX for only $2.00 a bd ft. (killer deal).

I think I forgot how big the opening is for my BS. Looks like I’ll be buying a riser block and new BS blades now.

I’m going to use this lumber to build a baby crib..

Grizzly Bandsaw

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 05:32 PM

Have fun with that walnut! Nice looking stuff you have there, and what better reason to upgrade your saw.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 10-17-2009 06:09 PM

Really great find. Do you go to Canton often. I went a lot as a teenager, but not for wookworking stuff. Do they have a selection of old tools, lumber, etc?

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 10-17-2009 06:16 PM

That’s a fine BS that you have and a great score on the walnut. Congratulations on both purchases! Your BS looks like it’s brand spanking new!

I have two of those saws. One is is a G0555X that I bought new with a riser block and the other one is like yours, the G0555. And, like you, I bought my G0555 from CL.

I’ve had very good service out of both saws. The X version I use for resawing only. The one from CL is set up for curved work.

Have you decided which blade(s) to buy for your saw after you get the riser block installed? I’ve been very pleased with the Timber Wolf blades that I ordered directly from Suffolk Machinery. They usually have a deal going where you buy 3 and get one free.

For resawing I recommend the 1/2” and 3/4” 3TPI with Positive Claw. I started out with the 3/4” blade. More recently, on a tip from a fellow woodworker, I switched to the 1/2” blade. It seems to work a little more to my liking. But, they’re both great resaw blades.

You probably already know this but just in case you don’t, you’ll want a good taller resaw fence for the tall stock. The one that Grizzly sells is an excellent fence, in my opinion. Many folks make very fine shop built fences for resawing.

If your saw is properly set up with a good blade, properly tensioned, you should have no drift at all. When I first received the one that I bought new from Grizzly I had to make a minor adjustment to eliminate the drift. It’s a simple fix. In the event that you may be experiencing drift with your BS, here’s the simple fix that I learned:

Remove the table from the saw. Then, using a shim of a known thickness (I used 1/8”), make SURE that the lower blade guide assembly is perfectly parallel to the the trunion support that’s mounted on the top of the lower arm of the saw. There’s some play in that lower blade guide assembly which allows you to align it perfectly. Mine arrived slightly out of parallel from the factory, causing drift. When I solved that minor problem, no more drift.

One more suggestion for resawing the taller stock. Be sure to use a stacked featherboard or some similar device to keep the stock tight against the full height of the fence. I also prefer to cut my boards into manageable lengths for the particular project before resawing.

Enjoy your saw and your great score on the walnut!

Best Regards,

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#4 posted 10-17-2009 07:40 PM


Thanks for the advice. I was planning on making a taller fence that would fit over the Grizzly supplied one. Thanks for the blade advice too.

Would you believe that I got that BS for $200? Not on that, but the fella was only using it to trim pen blanks. The only thing I had to do was clean up the table and protect it with some boeshield.


The wife drags me to Canton every other month or so. There are always a few guys selling shorts, turning blanks, or cedar, but this was the first time I found anyone selling such large sizes of lumber. It didn’t take much to get him to come down to $2 bd ft. I also bought several turning blanks from him.

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#5 posted 10-17-2009 09:20 PM

Look like a great score on the wood and the bandsaw. I would also mention to make sure your blade is really well centered on the top wheel, also to prevent blade drift. It can look centered from the angle you are forced to view it from, but can still be quite a bit off center.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 10-17-2009 09:30 PM

Nice deal happy resawing

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#7 posted 10-19-2009 04:13 AM

Timberwolf and Woodslicer both make good resawing blades. I have Timberwolves, and they make my little HF bandsaw really cut like a champ!

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#8 posted 10-19-2009 04:21 AM

Great score on the wood and saw. Have fun.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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