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08-28-2015 12:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw bandsaw tool purchase grizzly grizzly g0555 ultimate ultimate bandsaw

Hi LJs,

Need your advice. I can purchase the Grizzly G0555 Ultimate for 325 off of CL. It’s in near perfect condition. Seller never used it really. The deluxe version is available on the website for 545 shipped brand new. The real difference between the models are the deluxe version has cast iron trunnions and cast iron wheels. Does the 250 dollar savings justify purchasing the discounted saw with aluminum wheels?

Thanks LJS!

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#1 posted 08-28-2015 12:54 PM

These are the kinds of decisions we all have to make when buying tools. You have to determine how important a warranty is to you and how limited is your budget. If you don’t have a big budget then the $250 can buy another tool you may want ,but if you can still afford other tools without the savings then the warranty and upgraded cast iron trunnions may be worth the extra money .

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#2 posted 08-28-2015 01:19 PM

I’ve had my G0555LANV for just over a year now, and it’s been an awesome saw to me so far. The only issue I’ve run into was the bolt holding the bottom wheel was getting a bit loose this last month, leading to a bit of a wobble and noise when I fired it up, but 30 seconds with a socket wrench took the wobble out of everything and it’s worked great since.

Based on the comparisons on the website, the only difference between a regular G0555 and my G0555LANV is the motor speeds (different pulley sizes) and the aluminum vs cast iron wheels. I doubt the 200RPM difference would matter much anyway. I’d say if the one you found used is currently running smoothly, there’s no reason to think the wheel type will matter much.

Were I in your shoes, I’d buy the cheaper saw and save the $250.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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#3 posted 08-28-2015 01:22 PM

I have the 0555LX, and the cast iron wheels do make a difference. Great saw for the money. Get good blades whatever you do.


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#4 posted 08-28-2015 01:29 PM

I have the 0555LX, and the cast iron wheels do make a difference. Great saw for the money. Get good blades whatever you do.

- Bill White

What difference do cast iron wheels make that’s noticeable when using the saw?

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 03:07 PM

I don’t know of a difference for sure, but it seems to me that cast iron wheels would make resaw cuts in harder wood easier because the saw would bog down less. More rotating mass means less chance of the blade slowing during the cut. Normal flat cutting probably won’t see much of a difference. I’ve got the G0555LANV with the cast iron wheels, for what it’s worth.

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#6 posted 08-28-2015 03:21 PM

jmartel nailed it. Mass and inertia makes for smoother cutting.


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#7 posted 08-28-2015 05:19 PM

I have heard that too and I agree. Saving the 250 but losing out on the wheels is a sacrifice I’m willing to make. I did call Grizzly tech support this morning to ask about the differences. They said on such a small machine, you’re not going to be resawing all that much and the deluxe model and the ultimate are manufactured in different places. He said, we typically find better quality in the machining in the ultimate – “It is our best selling model” – he says. Also the fence is evidently different (also the trunions). That said, If I’m really that bummed about it, I can switch out the wheels for 100 bucks. This machine has only been collecting dust, it still has some of the original plastic on it. When I’m ready to resaw giant boards, I’ll upgrade the saw.

I think I might go with it, unless someone here sees some flaws in the above logic.

Thanks LJS. You guys/gals are the best.


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#8 posted 08-29-2015 10:34 AM

LJS, are you sure that they both don’t offer the same? I have the P series and I’m pretty sure my wheels are cast iron.

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#9 posted 08-29-2015 11:00 AM

The specs say cast aluminum wheels. Yeah, it would be better if it had cast iron wheels, but its not a deal breaker.

If your not planning heavy duty use, personally, I’d go for it.
Don’t assume you won’t be able to resaw with it.

My experience buying used equip is “he who hesitates loses”.
IOW, if you don’t get it someone else will.

One thing I always try to remember its not just how used the machine is, it is whether the company will still warranty it. Sometimes the warranty stays with the machine, sometimes it doesn’t. I use that as a bargaining chip.

Me, I would offer him $275.’s and keep the other 50 in my back pocket ;-)

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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