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12-19-2015 05:57 PM

So after countless hours at attempting to resaw on my ridgid, I gave up. I still have a lot more resawing to do. Therefore I’m ready for a new bandsaw. I was ready to buy the grizzly 17” aniversary saw, but when I started to read reviews. It sounded like the extreme series was a better option due to cast iron wheels. I’m not new to woodworking, but am not that experienced using bandsaws. How important are those cast iron wheels? I would save free shipping + $200 if I buy the anniversary edition. I would like to get the best bang for my buck. What would you guys do? Thanks!


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#1 posted 12-19-2015 06:17 PM

Another bandsaw might be nice but are you referring to a 14” Rigid? If you’re having issues with that it’s likely a problem with setup or your blade. There’s the risk that you’ll continue to have problems with a new machine unless you know for sure that the Rigid is defective.

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#2 posted 12-19-2015 06:25 PM

I believe it’s just underpowered

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#3 posted 12-19-2015 06:31 PM

What blade are you using? Bandsaws don’t need much power. 3/4HP ought to be enough for a 6” capacity.

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#4 posted 12-19-2015 06:37 PM

You need to replace the blade. I have resawed 5” bloodwood on a 12” craftsman. Once I put a sharp blade on it went right through it.
But if you want a bigger saw.$200 is a lot to pay for cast iron wheels.

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#5 posted 12-19-2015 07:02 PM

The G0513x series has roller bearing guides. I think the anniversary has European guides. I prefer the roller bearing guides to the European guides.

Resaw on a 14” requires a bit of patience but with a sharp resaw blade (2-3 tpi) it should do fine? I resawed with a Lenox kerfmaster 1/2” when I had my Delta 14”. It did fine but you can’t cut like butter. The Grizzly 17” does 11” without a hiccup.

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#6 posted 12-19-2015 07:07 PM

Go with the hitachi that is used by many people to do resawing. It will hold a 3” wide blade! Im not sure the model number.

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#7 posted 12-19-2015 08:47 PM



Go with the hitachi that is used by many people to do resawing. It will hold a 3” wide blade! Im not sure the model number.

- FancyShoes

I just looked at the Hitachi, it says it’s a 2.8 hp motor on a 15 amp circuit. Is that possible electrical guys??

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#8 posted 12-19-2015 08:54 PM


Go with the hitachi that is used by many people to do resawing. It will hold a 3” wide blade! Im not sure the model number.

- FancyShoes
I just looked at the Hitachi, it says it s a 2.8 hp motor on a 15 amp circuit. Is that possible electrical guys??

- AlaskaGuy

Not on 115V.

115V x 15A = 1725W = 2.3 Hp

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#9 posted 12-19-2015 09:24 PM

Manufacturers always rate higher than they are.

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#10 posted 12-19-2015 09:41 PM

Depends on the voltage, for 240V that sounds typical .
https://frentzandsons.com/Hardware%20References/ampdrawofelectricmotors.htm

-- PJ

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#11 posted 12-19-2015 10:00 PM

Just bought a wood slicer 1/2 blade. So I know it has nothing to do with the blade

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#12 posted 12-19-2015 10:09 PM

What are you resawing ? and what are you intending to resaw ? that will dictate the size and HP of the bandsaw you are wanting.

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#13 posted 12-19-2015 10:13 PM

Jeff, I had the Ridgid band saw, then a Craftsman that is the Rikon clone. Neither would re-saw worth a crap so I was in pretty much the same situation you are in. Just like you, I looked at the G0513 anniversary edition and ended up with the G0513X2BF. It was more money but I couldn’t be happier. It has done anything and everything I’ve asked of it. It is my last Band Saw!

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#14 posted 12-19-2015 11:53 PM

The fairly new Delta 14” I have is one of the best machines I’ve ever used. It has 4” dust collection, quick release tension and steel guide blocks. That’s perfect for a bandsaw and the only thing it’s missing are wheel brushes. I’ve resawed 5” wide zebrawood and hard maple without a problem on this machine and I didn’t even have the right blades.

Though the model was sold less than 10 years ago, I’m not sure it’s available now and I’ve not found an equivalent offering from any other manufacturers. Lowes does list it on the website but considering Delta has undergone many changes of ownership, I wouldn’t guarantee it’s available unless the checkout actually goes through.

DELTA 13-3/4-in 8-Amp Band Saw

This saw has all the important features except for a fence and none of the useless ones. I’d recommend a Kreg fence to go with it.

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#15 posted 12-20-2015 12:14 AM

Though the model was sold less than 10 years ago, I’m not sure it’s available now…

Delta stopped making the cast iron frame 14” band saw many years ago, and now only offer a steel framed model. If you can find one new (like that one at Lowes if it really is still available), then it’s NOS.

Cheers,
Brad

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