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Blog entry by jat posted 01-22-2011 12:51 AM 1233 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How about some opinions concerning the Powermatic 14” vs. the Grizzly G0555x. From what I’ve read, it seems these are 2 of the best 14” models out there. I’m looking for some thoughts and recommendations. I’ve never had a bandsaw and I’m still pretty new to woodworking (which is my hobby and I love it).

I’m told the Powermatic has gone down a bit in quality recently but that Grizzly is a very reliable machine and may be the best value for the price.

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#1 posted 01-22-2011 04:59 AM

I don’t think you could do wrong with either of those brands of bandsaws..both good solid machines.
I have a go555p with a riser, the x would be even better

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 01-22-2011 05:15 AM

I my self am new to the band saw world,I did a lot of resurche on the different brands read a lot of articals and had it narrowed down to the powermatic and jet.i bought a jet 14’‘witha 6’‘riser kit used for a screaming good dealand then went to the wood workers show in denver.i sat through the band saw clinic taught by Alex Snodgrass,he is the inventor of the carter guide system among many other products for band saws.i asked himif he was spend his own money on a band saw which one would he buy( now keep in mind he has a couple of hunded band saws in his collectionand ownes a band saw service company that people from allover the country send there sawsi in to be repaired,he has seen every type size shape a price point that has been made ) His answer powermatic 1 st jet 2nd he said nothing elese even comes close. I asked him a bout the grizzly saw he smiled and said not even close. If you dont know about the carter system and there many products you owe it to your self to check it out. there stuff takes a geometroand turns it in to a camero.
And if youever get a chance to meet Alex Snodgrass you will be amazed at how much he knows and how much you will learn from him.

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#3 posted 01-22-2011 05:25 AM

I’ve bought several Grizzly machines and have been very happy with all of them. And, for the price of the Powermatic, you could have a 17” Grizzly which is what I did.

-- Aaron in TN -

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#4 posted 01-22-2011 07:41 AM

I have the powermatic and it is solid. The table leveling mechanism is not good in my opinion.
This said since that is the only 14” bandsaw I worked on, I cannot compre it to the rest objectively.

whatever you get the resaw riser. I thought I will never need anything more than 6”; I got that wrong many times over.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 01-22-2011 11:20 AM

I agree with Aaron. I have the 17” Grizzly great saw.

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

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#6 posted 01-22-2011 11:36 AM

Thanks for the info. My shop is in the basement. How difficult would it be to get that grizzly 17” down there? I hadn’t considered it because I thought it came essentially in one piece and getting that down the stairs would probably be unlikely.

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