Has anyone owned, or used, a Grizzly G0640X bandsaw?

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06-10-2015 08:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw grizzly g0640x wood and metal

I have searched extensively for a review or opinions of the Grizzly G0640X bandsaw and have come up wanting. It does not seem to be a very popular model. Has anyone used or own(ed) this particular bandsaw? What are your impressions?
I am a hobbyist that works mostly in wood and occasionally in metal (both aluminum and mild steel). My workshop is very small and floor space is at a premium. I know there are alternatives, but a quality vertical bandsaw that can be used for both wood and metal would be tremendous for my purposes.
Thank you for your advice and opinions.

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 09:33 PM

Can’t help with the Griz… but something to keep in mind is that most people I know who have dual (wood/metal) saws really don’t use them for both, which kind of defeats the purpose. While it does seem convenient, the metal swarf and oil doesn’t mix well with sawdust, creating a mess within the saw, as well as possibly contaminating wood that is being cut. I had an old Delta w/m bandsaw years ago and switched it over once to cut some sheet steel I had.. and that was enough for me to realize it’s not something I would want to do often… it took me days to clean all that metal out of the machine and off the tires. It went back to wood and remained a wood only machine the rest of the time until I sold it years later. It got replaced by a wood only Delta eventually.


PS: You can find nice used w/m machines on CL quite often.. they may not be a 17” saw, but you can get one for 1/10 the price of the Grizzly (and sell it for about the same if you decide you need bigger).

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 09:37 PM

Except for the variable-speed motor arrangement, and an extra $800, it looks very similar to the 513×2 which I have.

I don’t know anything about metal working, so I can’t say anything about that. I don’t see any need for variable-speed with wood. I suppose you would use a carbide-tipped blade with metal and could use the same blade under some circumstances with wood – or change blades to suit the material.

I guess it depends on how much metal working you do. Your metal parts I would imagine are likely to be much smaller than wood parts that you could cut, so it might be more economical to get two saws, but with your limited space, I suppose that’s not an option.

I have heard that metal dust should not be mixed with wood dust, but I can’t recall what the issue was. (I think it was fire risk.) If they build a machine like this, it must not be a significant issue.

Sorry for the almost useless post.


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#3 posted 06-10-2015 11:48 PM

I do a lot of metal cutting, using a 14” Grizzly (old model, probably obsolete) that I converted for metal cutting when I bought it new. I simply put in a jack shaft and a couple of step pulleys, slowing the blade speed down to about 350-400 ft per minute. I use a 1/4” variable pitch bimetal blade on it, and cut mild steel, stainless, brass and bronze, and aluminum on it. Also wood when I just need to make a little cut, but of course it’s very slow for that.

My local saw shop makes up the blades for me. I use the narrow blade because it lets me cut curves.

For heavy stuff, or long straight cuts, I prefer an angle grinder with a 1/16” thick abrasive disk. I also bought an HF 5 1/2” (?) metal cutting blade they make for their metal cutting circular saw. I have used in in the RAS successfully, but of course I always wear full armor and eye protection, and stand out of the line of fire. It works well cutting 1/8” wall square tubing. So far, no sign of chipped carbide on it. Oh, if you try this, do NOT try the standard RAS climb cut, but rather push the material through as with a miter saw. (Haven’t tried a miter saw this way, but it would probably work).

Of course you can cut aluminum with wood cutting blades, both circular and band saw. But it throws chips like mad, gets very hot (if thick material), and the blades need lubrication to prevent chips sticking on the teeth. WD40 works for this, or Dri Lube. I learned not to wear fleece while sawing aluminum. You have to yank the chips out of the fleece with needle nose pliers (only a slight exaggeration).

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 12:32 AM

This is just a 513 family saw with variable speed. Everything that is true for the 513 series carries over, except the inverter/3 ph motor combination.

I would not use a bandsaw for both wood and metal except metal that can be cut with no coolant. Then I would be meticulous about cleaning all the metal up. Also make sure it is clean of sawdust before cutting metal on the off chance a really hot metal shard hits the dust.

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