|Review by mushmouse||posted 11-12-2011 04:19 AM||10590 views||4 times favorited||48 comments|
After reading so many positive reviews for the G0555 I went ahead and purchased one. I always seem to be the one in a hundred who gets the lemon. I have limited experience with bandsaws and am hoping it’s just a setup error on my part, and that someone may have some insight they can offer me.
I have spoken to Grizzly tech help several times but find their responses inadequate.
First the trivial issues (at least I think they are trivial).
1.) Can’t adjust the guide bearings properly. I adjusted the guide bearings with the Guide Post all the way down, but when I raised the Guide Post all the way up, the bearings shifted to the left about 1/16th inch relative to the blade. Grizzly tech support told me to shim where the upper frame arm is mounted to the base but I don’t feel comfortable doing this (what problems might that introduce).
2.) When looking at the blade from the side. it’s off by about a half degree perpendicular to the table. Due to my inexperience I don’t know whether this is acceptable or not; again Grizzly tech support told me to shim the trunnion support.
And the problem that makes the saw unuseable:
3.) I’ve read that the blades that come with the saw are of mediocre quality, but when I made my first cut (a rip cut in a piece of 3/4 inch thick alder) it was so slow that you would have to measure the speed in minutes per foot and not feet per minute. In addition, after cutting about 6 inches into the alder, the smoke detectors went off. I bought another blade and had the same problem. Grizzly tech support has no suggestions. I am running the saw at 3200 fpm and the blade is a 3/8 inch hook with 6 TPI; I would greatly appreciate any comments before I toss the saw.