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Blog entry by Ryan Haasen posted 12-05-2011 06:01 AM 1273 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days a ago, my dad came home my christmas present, a Grizzly Go153×2 17” Bandsaw! What a beautiful saw. It took about a half hour to take it out of the crate and about two hours to set it up. He also picked up some timber wolf blades or Viking blades is what they were called at that store – a 1/2” and a 3/16”. I put the half inch blade on and did not bother with the blade it came with. I began ripping so two by fours to test for drift, nothing. Then I re-sawed a 6” piece of cedar into 1/16 slabs, no drift at all. I guess I got lucky. We had to wire a 220v outlet to power this machine up and it only took about about two hours, which is pretty good considering we had to wire across the shop (38’) to the breaker box. It cuts really good, very powerful and the fences work great. But my cuts are coming out fairly rough and require some sanding, the blade is a 1/2”, 6 tpi and I cannot seem to eliminate the blade flutter, I have tried playing with the tension but no better results. There is no vibration. any suggestions? My mom put a big red bow on the saw. Overall, I love this saw, it works great, look great and will exceed all of my needs in the future.

-- Ryan



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wiswood2

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#1 posted 12-05-2011 07:10 AM

Your are one lucky guy .
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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Mark Shymanski

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#2 posted 12-05-2011 07:13 AM

Do you want a ‘slightly’ older brother and can you talk your folks into adopting me LOL!

Great looking saw, have a wonderful Christmas!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 12-05-2011 11:57 AM

Congratulations, Ryan! What a wonderful present for you! ;)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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dustbunny

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#4 posted 12-05-2011 12:47 PM

Hi Ryan,
I have this same bandsaw. What a great Christmas gift ! Congratulations : )
Regarding the blade flutter-
Try a different blade and see if you get the same results. One of the blades that I use does this. I think it is a bad weld, and it happens to be a Timberwolf blade. Hope it is as simple as that for you.
I also got the Carter stabilizer guide kit for doing scrolling with smaller blades. Love this addition to the saw.
I don’t remember which one I ordered for the Grizzly 17”, I can check my kit box if you are interested.

Happy sawing !!

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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Eagle1

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#5 posted 12-05-2011 12:56 PM

You will love it. I love mine.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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doorslammer

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#6 posted 12-05-2011 03:34 PM

I would not expect a bandsawn cut to come out smooth and not require additional sanding or planing. If the saw is tracking well and you are getting straight cuts then you’ve got it made.

-- Aaron in TN -http://www.amwellsfurniture.com

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CampD

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 06:16 PM

Ya keep posting Christmas gifts like that from Dad and they’ll quite a few LJ’s looking to be adopted!

-- Doug...

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ed220

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#8 posted 12-06-2011 01:43 AM

Lucky guy !! A real nice saw!

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 04:45 AM

I have that same saw and love it! The flutter has only happened on mine when the blade is undertensioned. I tension my 1/2” blades around 2-3 on the scale with Twolf blades tensioned slightly less. Make sure the blade is tracking on the crown of your top wheel. If this doesn’t fix it, change blades. The thinner the blade, the less tension required. I too have the Carter Stabilizer and really like it for 1/4 and smaller blades. A bandsaw cut will never be as smooth as a tablesaw cut but technique (smooth feed rate with no stops and starts will help the smoothness). Hope this helps.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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HerbC

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#10 posted 12-06-2011 06:22 AM

Blades for resaw should have fewer teeth so the gullet is larger and can carry away more sawdust. Try using a 2 or 3 TPI 1/2” blade…

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Ryan Haasen

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 04:21 AM

Thanks for your comments, I have 4 other siblings, so sorry to all you guys but I do not think that it is in my parent’s best interest to have another one. haha.

Thank-you for your all of your advice, After making sure it was tracking properly, I still had the same flutter. Then to ensure that it was not the blade, I tried another Timber Wolf blade and still the same flutter. I then shut it off and used a pressure gage (I think that is what it is called) and fixed it in place so the tip had pressure on the wheel. Then I turned the wheel by hand and the gage showed a slight hight-spot on the wheel. So I marked the spot with a sharpie and continued to spin the wheel and got the same result at the same spot. I think the high spot is on the tire otherwise the cast-iron wheel would be off balance and I would have some serious vibration, and It passes the dime test. Is there a way to fix this or should I learn to live with a little extra sanding? This is really not a huge issue to me, this saw is A LOT better than my old bench-top delta. I would just like it to run to it’s full potential.

Thanks,

Ryan

-- Ryan

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Dave

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#12 posted 12-07-2011 05:04 PM

Very nice. ho ho ho

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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