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Forum topic by dmorrison posted 12-13-2009 11:14 AM 6891 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dmorrison

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12-13-2009 11:14 AM

A friend wants to buy my Delta 16 inch 3 wheel 28-560 band saw. I don’t mind getting rid of it, so I started to look for a new or newer band saw. The band saw is the last tool in my shop I feel I need to upgrade. I don’t, and have not done resawing due to 2 items. 1- I work in pine and it’s easier and cheaper to just put it though the thicknesser and 2-my band saw can’t resaw very well. So if I’m upgrading I’ll be sure to get all the capabilities.
I have considering the following.

Grizzly 14 inch deluxe G0457, “The last band saw you’ll ever need” according to Fine Woodworking. $989.00 Delivered
Grizzly G0555 The Ultimate 14-Inch Band saw $538 with riser delivered
G0555X 14” Extreme Series Band saw $773 with riser delivered

Rikon 10-325 14-Inch Deluxe Band saw $700.00 + tax

I did a search on craigslist and ebay for new and used band saws. 2 interesting posts came up.

A Jet 18 inch 1-3/4 HP band saw, model JET 710750 JWBS-18X 18-Inch 1-3/4-Horsepower Resaw Woodworking Bandsaw with Roller Guides Listed on Craigslist for $800, used, but looked in pretty good shape. Right here in the DFW area, but at 440# weight, how to move it??? And is it just to big? 22” X 33” X 71”. But, believe it or not, it’s about the same floorspace as my current Delta 28-560 band saw due to the spread legs and size. I just measured it.

And a Delta model 28-280 new in the box $550 plus shipping. The classic Delta band saw that is rated so well by Fine Woodworking. Enclosed stand, 1HP.

So what to do! Your recommendations?

Dave


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doyoulikegumwood

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 12:23 PM

dave for me if i could put myself into the jet i would. you say you don’t re saw if i remember correctly this saw take blades up to 1 1/2 inchs which might change your mind on re sawing cuz that nice thick blade makes it a cinch

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dmorrison

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 06:14 AM

Well I did buy the saw. I looked at the Rikon 14” Deluxe band saw for the same price. Figured new is better than 2-3 years old. Emailed the gentleman with my decision not to buy his unit. The gentleman dropped the price to $600, could not pass up that price . And it’s in very nice shape.
So this is my Christmas present.

Dave

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John Gray

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#3 posted 12-26-2009 06:51 AM

If it were me I’d get one of the three below. Grizzly makes a fine bandsaw at a reasonable price. My son has the Grizzly G0555 and loves it.

Grizzly 14 inch deluxe G0457, “The last band saw you’ll ever need” according to Fine Woodworking. $989.00 Delivered
Grizzly G0555 The Ultimate 14-Inch Band saw $538 with riser delivered
G0555X 14” Extreme Series Band saw $773 with riser delivered

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dmorgantx

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#4 posted 12-26-2009 02:19 PM

Nice Christmas DMORRISON. Don’t forget to follow up with a review ;)

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#5 posted 12-26-2009 02:42 PM

Dave,

IMO the grizzly GO55x is a great saw! I’ve owned mine for about 2 years and love it!!! Good strong saw with tension release. Everytime I use that tension release I hear my bandsaw go. Ahhhhhhh…......
:) hope this helps!

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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