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Grizzly G0636X w Co-Matic AF-10 Power Feeder

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Review by wuddoc posted 06-16-2017 07:17 AM 1951 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Grizzly G0636X – 17” 5hp 220v 1p Bandsaw including:
Grizzly T10131 – Extension Table for Bandsaws
Shop Fox G7315Z – Super Heavy-Duty Mobile Base
Shop Fox G8684Z – Extension Kit for D2057A (worked with G7315Z Super-Heavy duty mobile base after ordering and substituting new steel swivel wheel casters PXD2058A001.)
Co-Matic AF10 Bandsaw Power feeder from Shop Gear
12” X 12” X 1.5” – 6061 Aluminum Sheet from McMaster-Carr

We purchased this unit after much discussion, then additional discussion and finally more discussion.

Our goal was to bandsaw irregular shapes and / or resaw larger pieces of lumber yet have the bandsaw a mobile unit. Having worked with resaws like Stetson-Ross even used units were not only too heavy, not mobile, electrically unsuited but out of our financial reach. We could afford the Grizzly model G0636X. We did look at Grizzly’s 19”, 21”, and 24” but we had either horse power, height or space issues.

During the discussion periods we were speaking with the sales staff at Shop Gear Inc. about the Co-Matic AF10 and its adaptability to a 17” 5hp bandsaw. They indicated that others had put the AF-10 on 14” bandsaws with a little ingenuity.

The unit cuts through lumber exceptionally well after off-setting the table extension, raising the feeder base, and securing the power feeder. Plenty of horse-power and bandsaw cuts smoothly using Timber Wolf 160” Carbide-Tipped 1” blade with no noticeable change in feeds and speeds.

Pro’s:

Fit and finish are excellent.

Easy to correctly tension thus eliminating drift when using Lenox Blade Tension Gauge.

Manual Foot Brake works well just don’t jump on it.

220 volt – Single phase.

Replaceable insert has additional holes to draw dust down to DC.

Works well with HF 2hp DC


Cons:

It’s Heavy 784# shipping -= 680# on floor even with Super HD mobile base not easy to move.

Table too small for bandsaw power feeders found in today’s market.

No included light.


What we had to do?

How to get it out of the truck? Rent box truck with lift gate.

Tall crate won’t fit through garage door. Remove from crate and skid using engine hoist.

Configure and manhandle onto mobile base parts before assembling base. Remembering to
use extension base side instead of regular mobile base side.

Attach mobile base casters. Pry bars needed.

Bolt base together. Different wrenches and sockets required.

Two men and teenager push bandsaw through garage door with ½” in height clearance to spare.

Install upper guide post wheel. Oops need to unlock before wheel will turn.

Clean off rust preventative from all machined surfaces. Safely dispose of used towels.

Coat all machined surfaces with CRC 3-36 and wipe down. Safely dispose of used towels.

Attach fence. Good heavy machined cast iron.

Slide and secure resaw fence. Tall resaw fence is very stable.

Assemble extension table leg to extension table. Goes together easily.

Install Extension table. Have helper hold extension table until secure and table leg set at correct height.

Bandsaw table and extension table attach level and secure.

Leg will not attach in base extension. Drilled holes and secure with 2X4.

Unpack power feeder. Manual indicates it is for 24” bandsaw. THINK!

Feeder base attaching system will not work as table on outfeed side is to short. THINK!

Offset extension table to make overall outfeed table size larger.

Three of four holes work but one of the three needed to be re-drilled. Done.

Hook securing system for feeder base will not fit to table. Drilled holes in feeder base and extension table.

Power feeder base needed to be 1.5” taller to eliminate wood tilt as the feeder wheels will not separate as the
larger units do. Drilled holes in Aluminum plate.

No electric plug. Add plug while increasing cord gauge size.

-- Wuddoc




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#1 posted 06-16-2017 01:03 PM

Nice review of what’s needed to assemble with extras. It will be interesting to see how you like things long term.

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#2 posted 08-03-2017 02:11 AM

thanks for your detail reviews of this Grizzly G0636X. It’s very useful for newbie like me to know more about bandsaws. :)
Cheers,

-- 1bandsaw.com

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