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Blog entry by David "Lucky Dawg" Brown posted 1337 days ago 1007 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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well those of those who said i should have bought a bigger band saw a few months ago were right!
I have out grown the 8” Ryobi band saw and decided to grow up and buy a Grizzly 14” Ultimate band saw!
My wifes family said you pick it out and we will buy it for you!
woot woot!

-- dumpster diver delux



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cabmaker

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#1 posted 1337 days ago

You ll be back

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dq2

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#2 posted 1337 days ago

Can they adopt me too?

-- - DQ in Phoenix -

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Gerry

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#3 posted 1337 days ago

Gee, that’s too bad….........

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

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#4 posted 1337 days ago

dq2-after i get all my tools! hahahaha!

-- dumpster diver delux

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dfdye

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#5 posted 1337 days ago

I just got my Polar Bear series 14” saw put together, and so far so good. One note, though: I bought the riser block with mine, and after I got it installed, the wheels are out of parallel. I am not sure if that is normal or not (calling Grizzly tomorrow), but I thought I would mention it just in case. This is definitely NOT a dig on the saw, just a “look out” if you are getting the riser block too.

-- David from Indiana --

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#6 posted 1336 days ago

Keep me posted!
Any information on the band saw would be appreciated!
luckyrider13@yahoo.com

-- dumpster diver delux

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 1336 days ago

I had no problem with my polar bear and riser kit.
I would suggest the riser and a better blade (timber wolf or wood slicer)
It is a great saw for the price

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

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dfdye

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#8 posted 1336 days ago

Yup, definitely agree that it is a quality item for the price, even if I haven’t had a chance to run it too much yet. You can tell a lot just buy the build of an item, and this is a TON better than any other saw I have seen at this price point.

I didn’t mention that the “out of parallel” is about 1/32”, but it still is enough for me to know it is there, even if I doubt it will seriously impact the cut quality. I guess this is some sort of OCD kicking in, but I have had enough issues with improperly tuned tools to know that you should get it right BEFORE you start to avoid problems later on.

PS Yes, the stock blade is junk, but even the Grizzly people will tell you it is just a “starter” blade. As for the riser block, I might take a trip around the block without it before you decide if you need it or not. The stock 6” cut height is actually pretty good for most tasks, and the only reason I got the riser up front was since I am planning on cutting a bunch of rough logs into lumber and know I will need the extra capacity. If you are moving from an 8” saw to a 14”, the 6” cut height will seem enormous!! I wouldn’t tell you NOT to buy it, but if you are on the fence, it won’t hurt to check the stock height out first and then upgrade when you need it. I guess the only downside is that you may have invested in a few blades by then, so who knows. . .

-- David from Indiana --

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Eagle1

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#9 posted 1336 days ago

I would think about going to a 17”. Especially if your family is will ing to pay for it. The 12” resaw is great, without having to put a riser in.

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

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John Gray

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#10 posted 1336 days ago

IMHO: Go to the 17” saw. I have a 9” and a 14” and am constantly wishing I’d bought a larger saw to start with. You’ll find many things a 17” will do that smaller saws will not.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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David "Lucky Dawg" Brown

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#11 posted 1336 days ago

I would go to a 17” saw but the size of my shop and size of my projects theres no room and my projects are mostly bandsaw boxes!

-- dumpster diver delux

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dfdye

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#12 posted 1336 days ago

Well, the “Grizzly 17””:http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Bandsaw-Polar-Bear-Series/G0513P is quite a saw from what I have seen, and it is in the same price range as some higher end 14” saws. Definitely worth a look if the budget allows, and the footprint really isn’t that much larger than a 14” saw.

-- David from Indiana --

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