|Review by David Grimes||posted 09-17-2011 01:00 PM||10203 views||3 times favorited||18 comments|
I recently purchased and assembled a Ridgid 14” floor model bandsaw (the BS1400). I had also ordered and received the 6” riser kit from Grizzly that is made for their G0555 14” bandsaw, but also fits several of the other 14” bandsaws: Ridgid, Craftsman, Cummins, Summit, and others.
It ran about $80 shipped, which is half what the Ridgid kit costs (if you can get one).
This kit is rated 5 stars by 19 of 22 reviewers on Amazon, with the other three 4’s and 3’s.
First of all, I did not have to modify a single thing to get this installed. Everything aligned just fine with no clearance issues. I chose to paint over the Grizzly green with some orange enamel just because I’m like that sometimes, well… MOST of the time… I mean… ALL of the time. ;=)
Further, I did this by myself (meaning no help as recommended to hold the top half while the riser clamp bolt is installed). I found the top not too heavy (for me) to hold in place with one hand as I used the other to place the long bolt and washer down through the riser, then use that same hand to start threading the lower nut and and washer to the bottom of the long bolt. I had all my needed parts at hand, so it was not a problem for even a second.
Upon completion, I measured my capacity and found it to be 12 1/4”. Excellent.
The only negative was expected (the cheap blade grizzly includes in the kit). I did not count off a star at all because I was forewarned, I am used to cheap blades being included in nearly every bladed machine purchase I have ever made, and I intend to buy a very high quality re-saw blade anyway. FWIW, I tested this freebie blade and it actually cuts just fine for the time being, but i’m sure it won’t stay on long enough to find out how long it would last.
I do recommend the riser kit.
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-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia