|Review by woodmaker||posted 11-29-2013 10:05 PM||3554 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
- Grizzly GO555LX 14" Deluxe Bandsaw, 1hp TEFC Motor
- Brand: Grizzly | Category: Bandsaws
Well, I have had this band saw for several months now and I am in love with it. I love the cast iron wheels, rack and pinion upper blade guide adjustment, and a T-square style fence. Smooth operation, no vibration, cuts like butter (new blade). I have cut everything from pine to cherry and walnut and no bogging down, no hesitations.
It’s a joy to use and a huge step up from my 9” band saw that I had. LOL!
I haven’t tried to re-saw yet, but that day is coming soon. ?
Assembly was quite easy actually, I just needed help getting the saw up on the stand, after that I could rock and roll putting it together. The instructions were easy to read, understand and follow. I installed the 6” riser kit which I must admit is not fun doing alone.
Dust collection actually is quite good, I was expecting more debris left in the saw but have hardly anything left. All I have to do is blow it out with the air hose and done. Overall my first impressions of this saw are very high, the fit and finish is very good and the design was well thought out. I find the saw easy to use and the rack and pinion upper blade guide makes adjustment very quick and easy to do. Having a quick release for the blade tension is also a nice feature.
The two things I don’t like are the fence and the blade guide adjustments. I think I’ll get a Carter Mag Fence and maybe upgrade the guide adjustments to a phenolic block type if they are available. I would prefer tool less guide adjustments, life would be so much easier.