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Forum topic by Jeff1987 posted 11-23-2009 09:48 PM 966 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-23-2009 09:48 PM

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Hi everyone! I’ve been looking into bandsaws with the intention of buying one pretty soon. I have been looking at the G0514X3 19” 3 HP 3-Phase Extreme Series Bandsaw from grizzly. It looks pretty nice… I am just wondering what people think about this saw. My main requirements for the bandsaw are: good resaw capacity, durability and accuracy of cuts. I am just wondering what you guys think about this saw compared to other saws for the money. I would prefer to buy American if possible, (willing to spend a little more but not more than 100$ more) assuming the specs are comparable. So what do you guys recommend in the 1100-1600 dollar price range? Thanks alot for your time. I really appreciate any input!

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 12:53 AM

Take a look at the Delta 28-475X. On the low end of your price range, very durable, well made, good resaw capacity, American company (who has their manufacturing done in Taiwan like most others, but quality control is very good). Parts and service readily available.
Accuracy of cuts is a function of how the bandsaw is tuned, and using the right blade width/teeth for the job.

-- Gerry

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 01:22 AM

Jeff….Do you have 3 phase capabilites in your shop now? If you dont you may want to look into the single phase model. You can buy a VFD to run the saw or get a rotary converter if 3ph isnt available.

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 07:28 PM

Jeff, Good luck buying American. I know what you mean, but American cheapness has pretty much forced manufactureing overseas. I don’t know of an American made band saw anymore. We demand more than American companies are able to produce here. With our wages, government regulation, and general overhead, we can’t compete on price. Not slamming American companies—we just don’t work as cheap as most Asian companies. European countries such as Germany and Italy are producing some great tools, but the average hobbiest is not going to pay the price. This is not meant to be derogatory toward hobbiests. Most simply cannot pay the price for top quality tools—-You can’t justify the cost unless you make a living woodworking (or you are rich). Even then we all have to watch the budget closely.
Now, in response to the actual question—-Most brands in any given price range are going to be similar in quality.
The biggest difference is the company behind the saw. You’ll find a big variety of opinions on any brand. Read lots of reviews before you make your choice.

Good luck.


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#4 posted 11-27-2009 01:36 AM

Thanks alot guys!! This is definitely going to help steer me in the right direction!
I’ll definitely take a good look at the delta Gerry! In regards to your question MedicKen I unfortunately do not have that capability yet, so, like you said, I’ll probably have to go with single phase. Lastly, thanks for that good insight Kent, I suspected that might have been the case but wasn’t certain. That comment about tool quality in the same price range is actually going to be very helpful for me (now I can look more into features that will suit my needs more).
Thanks Guys!!

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#5 posted 11-27-2009 02:06 AM

Personally I do not like the idea of putting 3 phase equipment in a residential setting. All it takes is one leg of a 3 pole breaker to fail and that motor will become a boat anchor. While it is not all that common, I have seen it. Just my opinion.

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#6 posted 12-18-2009 06:27 PM

Haha good point Mark

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#7 posted 12-18-2009 06:31 PM

I have had good luck with Grizzly tools. If you don’t have 3phase I really don’t see the need for it in a band saw.

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