|Review by Matthew Parker||posted 06-16-2013 05:43 AM||4446 views||1 time favorited||18 comments|
- Grizzly GO555LX 14" Deluxe Bandsaw, 1hp TEFC Motor
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Bandsaws
I bought this saw in September 2012 and have used it extensively since then and feel that it’s time for a review, especially after the most recent incident.
First of all when the saw is working correctly it is great. I get great looking resaws with both 1/2” and 3/4” blades. I have not used it for many curves such as you would do for a bandsaw box so I won’t evaluate it there.
I setup the saw based on the instructions in this video why Grizzly does not outline this method in their instructions I’ll never know but they definitely should. when calibrated the saw cuts straight rips and mostly wobble free resaws. The saw has plenty of power for the 7” resaw capability and probably would be acceptable for larger resaw if you were patient.
Now the troubles.
1. The first time I turned the saw on after building per instructions there was a terrible clanging coming from the lower housing area. I fiddled around but could not determine the problem myself(In retrospect I should have found the problem). A call to tech support revealed that the guy doing the assembly must have taken a nab as he forgot to tighten the bolts that hold the lower pulley to the lower wheel. We got those tightened up and the saw was up and running. The tech support was helpful at least but I did have to take time off work to work through the issue with the tech.
2.I dont know when it was but very early on the blade tensioning dial stopped working. I found a workaround using a wrench but I really should not have to use a workaround. I deal with it since I don’t really want to have to take time off work to come home and run through the issue with tech spport.
3. This latest issue is what finally drove me to write this article. A couple weeks ago the saw got loud and the blade started moving in and out. I went through the various adjustments but did not find anything. Then I removed the upper wheel and found that one of the two upper bearings was completely shot and would sieze and un-sieze randomly. Since the saw is under warranty I could file a claim and wait for them to ship out new parts but they would be the same crappy bearings that were in there in the first place. I went ahead and bought some nice replacements from mcmaster which will be here a day after I order them.
In summary. If you are looking for an inexpensive saw that cuts great get the G0555LX as long as you go into it knowing that you may have to deal with a few hiccups along the way.