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12-19-2009 07:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

It’s Christmas and my wife gave me the go ahead to get a new bandsaw. I want a 14 inch, around 5 or 6 hundred dollars. I am not sure which one to buy. I been looking on the internet and i was almost sold on a grizzly bandsaw 555, however i was told it was hard to get blade for it. I need some help.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.


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#1 posted 12-19-2009 08:05 AM

Hey Monty
I don’t have that saw but you can get bandsaw blades made to any size. I think This was addressed in an earlier post but I’m not sure if I can find it. If I recall there was another Grizzly in a close price range that had off the shelf band saw blades that were easier to get.

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#2 posted 12-19-2009 08:13 AM

Jim: Thanks for the advice, i have that old craftsman bandsaw in my shop and i had it for 15 years and my dad had it before me. It still works but i want a better one. Thanks Jim.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 12-19-2009 09:18 AM

Monty,
Your budget is a little tight for “better” saw but I think if one of the Grizzly saws fits you situation I would go for it. I just did and upgraded from a 14” Delta to the 17” G0513X2B and it is a great saw.
As I read the specs for the Grizzly 0555 it takes a 92 1/2” to a 93 1/2” blade. The latter is a very common size. I don’t know how they make the 1” adjustment but you can call and ask them. Grizzly sells the Wolf band saw blades for most of their saws and Wolf brand seem to have the top vote from most people. If you find Grizzly doesn’t have what your want go directly to Wolf at: http://www.suffolkmachinery.com/ A good blade can make a big difference in the saws performance.

Now, if you can squeeze a little more money out you might look at the basic G0513 17” Grizzly. It is a lot more saw for not too much more money. If it is not on sale when you look just wait a few weeks, they seem to rotate their sale items from time to time.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-19-2009 11:43 AM

I have a Grizzley 0555 and I have had no trouble getting blades… Timberwolf seem to work the best. Throw away the one that comes with it (just kidding… but it is not much of a blade!)
I really like the 0555 for the money.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 12-19-2009 04:16 PM

Thanks Les and Ellen for your comments, I am not in a big rush for a bandsaw but i want to do my homework before i purchase a brand new machine. Les one reason i was looking at the grizzly 0555 saw was all the great reviews and the size. I have a 12×24 shop and i am limit on space. However i will put it on rollers when i get one. My shop Is getting full. Thanks for all your advice it really helps.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 12-19-2009 04:24 PM

Quality blades for a Grizzly are easy to come by. But you won’t find them at the box stores, but then the box stores don’t sell quality blades to begin with.

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#7 posted 12-19-2009 04:32 PM

Monty, for what it’s worth, I have the grizzly 555x and I love it. I use timberwolf blades, 93 1/2 and they perform very well. You can see it on my shop photos, though not very well. There is nothing worse than investing in a power tool and not being happy with it. Glad to see you are doing your home work.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#8 posted 12-19-2009 04:42 PM

If you can, get one that has the “Carter” roller guides.

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#9 posted 12-19-2009 04:45 PM

Scrounger: I went back to Grizzly website and i love that 555x saw, i like the round look instead of the square shape. It looks compact to me and thats what i need. Do you do and resawing with it and yes is there enough power? Thanks for you advice i think you got me sold allready.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-19-2009 05:19 PM

I have a Grizzly G0555X and have no problem finding blades, it takes a 93 1/2” blade so your choice of manufacturer is up to you on how much your willing to spend on a blade. I perfer the Timber Wolf Blades, they are a little pricey but they last as long as you do not put too much stress on them cutting intricate lines.If you have the 6” inch riser on yours then you need to go with the 105” blade.

Mike

-- never enough time in a day so use it well

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#11 posted 12-19-2009 05:26 PM

Monty, yes I do some re-sawing with it. There is no lack of power, you just have to make sure that a good sharp blade is being used and one the was designed for re-sawing. The only drawback may be that a 1” blade can’t be used on this saw but the 3/4 works fine for me. I did have one problem with the saw. When using a 1/4” blade I couldn’t get the roller guides back far enough to clear the teeth. I told Grizzly about it and they sent me a replacement guide post to correct it. It worked but was cumbersome so my son welded me a piece that worked much better. It may have been a fluke for this particular saw but it is fine now. I can take some pictures of it if you like. I also had the 17” grizzly but did not like the fact that I couldn’t buy those blades anywhere but mail order. If I were working on something and happen to brake a blade, I wanted the option to go and buy one, even if it was a lesser quality blade at a box store. Now I can do that if I need to. If we could we would all go buy the Laguna!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#12 posted 12-19-2009 05:28 PM

monty ,
i’d go with the 17” if you can swing it ,
as you do new stuff ,
you can reach farther yet ,
and you can resaw much more with it .
with a 14” ,
you are stuck where you already are !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 12-19-2009 05:30 PM

Thanks Mike, with your comments and the other LJ. i am leaning toward a G0555x w/ timber wolf blades. Is the 6” riser a must and what is the overall purpose for it?

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 12-19-2009 05:48 PM

Monty, the 6”riser basically gives you more cutting height. I did not purchase that option but I could add it at any time. You have to ask yourself the question, what am I going to do with this saw? On mine, 99% of the time it is for small stuff and once in a while I do some re-sawing with it. The 6” height works for me.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#15 posted 12-19-2009 05:50 PM

I forgot to add Monty, with the 6” riser I could cut anything that the 17” did as for as height goes but I think the power would be lacking to do that. That is why I chose not to spend the extra for it.

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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