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#1 posted 10-03-2015 12:25 PM

When they say go as big as your budget allows, there is a reason…

Almost always, as your talent improves and your projects get bigger and better, you will need the tools to match.
So after two bandsaws in the 3/4-1HP size, I finally bit the bullet three years ago or so and popped for the Grizzly G0513X2BF.

The benefits were immediate to me. The cast iron wheels help the saw power through big resawing projects.
The electric brake? After about two weeks, I just could not imagine NOT having an electric brake on a bandsaw again. Even my other small Porter Cable I have in the shop pisses me off, waiting for the wheels (and blade) to stop during difficult cuts. And cast iron wheels take a LONG time to wind down. With my Grizzly, I see the blade come to a complete stop in under three seconds. I only have to touch the stop button or the foot switch. I’m not going to call it a safety plus, but if wood would get stuck in the blade hole, which has never happened to me, it would help a lot to stop the blade in that short a time.

Also, the G0513X2BF comes with a bigger table, something you don’t realize how important this is until you have a 100 lb. piece of log up there, resawing it.

Overall, I am so glad I spent the extra bucks and popped for this saw. Yes, it came with a few little issues, mainly an out of date manual because I bought it during an upgrade period, but it all ended well. My only issues have been the bearings need regular cleaning with the double stacked guide bearings. I replaced the tires for the first time just a month or two ago. The originals lasted just shy of three years, not bad since I use it almost every day. I bought a couple of different brands of blades, then finally settled on Timberwolf.

Blade changing is about two-three minutes with same sized blade, maybe five when I change blade size, mostly because I have to change the position of the bearings.

I’m really happy with it, and mostly never looked back or wanted for another brand. I just cannot imagine going without cast wheels, and the electric brake is a thick icing on the cake.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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