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Forum topic by Tom posted 03-07-2016 09:56 PM 714 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2016 09:56 PM

I’m about to hit my 10 year anniversary at my job and I’m getting is a $500 cash bonus. I’ve been wanting a band saw for a while now will have most of the money for it. I’m torn between a Grizzly and a Craftsman (which seems to be a Ricon) saw. The craftsman w/ extra for a fence will run about $550 and the Grizzly G0555 runs $635. Both rate extremely well and I’m wondering if the grizzly is worth the extra money. Any helpful advice would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-07-2016 10:52 PM

I bought the 10 inch craftsman last summer and it is a great saw even though it is much smaller than what you want. I also built a 12 inch saw from plans, posted the saw on here, and it is also very good. my shop is small and the projects are also small. I am not sure i would spend that much on a saw unless you really plan to use it alot.

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#2 posted 03-07-2016 11:17 PM

Do you plan on keeping the bandsaw after you buy it? Ten years or fifteen years from now who do you think will still sell replacements parts for it? Grizzly or Sears? My vote is for Grizzly. Good luck with whatever you choose.

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#3 posted 03-07-2016 11:30 PM

I have no personal experience with either one, but general advice: After owning several C’man tools, unless something has radically changed all things considered, I’d go with Grizzly.

I have 2 bandsaws, a Jet 12” (I have several Jet tools and am well satisfied) and a Rikon 19”. Both are good machines.

You may want to check the Jet 14” its about the same price as the Grizzly ($637) with free shipping on Amazon. (Hell they may even be the same machine you never know with everything made in Taiwan maybe in the same darn factory!!)

Good luck you’ll do find with either Grizzly or Jet.

Like I said, everything is made in Taiwan but you never know I think QC is a matter of when the cats away the mice will play.

Both Grizzly and Jet customer service/tech support have been great if that matters.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 03-08-2016 05:20 AM

I have the Grizzly G0555 30th Anniversary Edition for about a year, and although I don’t use it as often as I’d like to, I love it. It was my first bandsaw, and although I have no other frame of reference, I think it’s a great saw. Keep in mind at least a few times a year Grizzly has a sale where their 14” bandsaws have free shipping, saves you 79 bucks.

If you decide on a Grizzly, they recommend paying for the lift gate service (there is a video on their site about it) because the freight company is only required to bring it to the back of the truck and you are responsible for getting it down and on your property. You may not need the lift gate service. I didn’t buy it and called their customer service to check what freight company they used in my area (also So.Cal) it was fedex. I planned on picking it up from local fedex depot instead of paying the fee. When fedex called to arrange delivery, they told me the driver would bring it down to ground level and even bring it into my garage if I wanted.

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#5 posted 03-08-2016 11:21 AM

I had the Craftsman saw (Rikon Clone). It’s an OK entry level band saw but not great. Very light and as Quanter50 said, at some point you will need parts. I needed new bearings after 6 month’s. I now have a Grizzly 17” and couldn’t be happier. A lot will depend on what your plans are for the saw but you should ask yourself if you will ever want to upgrade to a larger saw that can do more. Buy the best saw you can afford. You will be happier in the long run.

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#6 posted 03-08-2016 01:59 PM

I bought a Grizzly GO555 with riser eight years ago. I use it for re-sawing mostly but lately I have been using it for making band saw boxes. It has served me well. I have replaced the blade guide bearings which I purchased at our local bearing supplier and had to replace the shaft on the lower wheel. Grizzly had the shaft for $9. I had been over tensioning my blades so that is the reason the shaft wore out after seven years. I do recommend this saw.

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