|Forum topic by Tennessee||posted 01-18-2016 01:41 AM||1707 views||0 times favorited||16 replies|
01-18-2016 01:41 AM
I’ve owned two bandsaws for a number of years now, a larger Grizzly G0513X2BF, and one of those gawd-awful Porter Cable 14” units you buy at Lowes. The Porter Cable in the first 40 months or so has snapped the upper wheel adjustment swivel, taken out four tires, broken off two of the four door catches, and just a couple of days ago, the lower casting for the retainer bearing on the bottom snapped at the upper retainer bearing point, so I cannot put the allen screw into it anymore. I’ve got the upper bearing slid into the holder with copper washers behind it, and the blade keeps it in.
I’m not really easy with my saws, and that saw gets run at least five days a week, and chews through a lot of blade changes over the period of a year – maybe two dozen or more. It cuts a lot of wood.
Other than that, its been a great saw! Ha! I think I got my $325 worth…
So I am pretty fed up with it, and am now looking at a replacement. As it stands right now, I’d be out almost $100 for two new tires and the casting on the bottom that holds the lower bearings. Enough is enough. I’ll let it limp along until I can figure out what to buy.
I already have the big Grizz, so I am looking for something that will run mainly with 1/8”, 3/16”, and 1/4” blades. No resawing.
Initially, I took a look at the Rikon 10-321 that Woodcraft has on sale until they run out of them, but was not impressed for the money at $699. And was not impressed with the odd blade size, and metal frame. of that particular one.
That took me back to Grizzly, and I got interested in the G0555 series. Seems to be a proven winner on this forum for the most part, but I have a question…
To me, it would seem that having the G0555X Extreme with the 1 1/2HP motor, also featuring dual voltage, (I would definitely take advantage of the 220VAC option), is a really nice extra 1/2 pony under the hood, since it also has the cast iron wheels, and most of the usual stuff the others have, plus an enclosed cabinet on the bottom. I also like the fence better, and the lamp is nice. Be great to finally have quick release on my smaller saw.
The trick is the Extreme G0555X is $839, $284 more than the rest of the G0555 series.
I’ve had pretty good usage out of the Grizzly machines I do own, a spiralhead 15” planer, and the big bandsaw. I’d buy again. But although the Extreme really attracts me, $839 is a lot to pay for a 14” saw. And although I absolutely have LOVED my Powermatic 3520 lathe for the last 13 years, no way I pay $1199 for a 14” Powermatic bandsaw, much as I tend to stare at it every time I am in Woodcraft.
So if you had $600 to $950 to buy a really good 14” unit, what would you choose?
-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com