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03-11-2010 07:25 PM

hello I am looking at getting a bandsaw but only have $400-$475 if i buy less cigars Ha Ha Ha. what would be a good band saw for that money. just looking at making toys for the grand kids and maybe a little resaw
Thank you all

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#1 posted 03-11-2010 07:37 PM

I have also been looking around for a bandsaw lately. Grizzly offers this saw but the frieght charges put it over your budget. I would try to find one that had the option to add a riser block kit so if you decide to resaw anything over 6” you could. There is also this saw from gizzly that is within your price range but it has less HP and the stand isnt as nice.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#2 posted 03-11-2010 07:43 PM

Craftsman (from sears) makes a nice 12” bandsaw in that price range that has a 7” resaw clearance.

Craftsman 12

It retails for $399.00

-- Kerry Drake, Loudon NH,

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#3 posted 03-11-2010 08:17 PM

I understand the limitations of price, but I can tell you that the Grizzly bandsaw pointed out by Drew is about the best you are going to get in that price range. I would strongly recommend saving up the extra 50 and going that route. The saw has two speeds, has had great reviews, has the capability to double the resaw height by a future add of riser blocks. I think if you take the time to save the extra bit, you will not kick yourself a year or two down the road when you run into limitations with another saw.

My two pennies,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 03-11-2010 08:37 PM

The Grizzley G0555 is the one I have, same with many of us. It is great, I like it a lot, you can buy it with confidence.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Monte McCoy

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 08:41 PM

I bought the grizzly g0555 14” saw a few months ago with the 6” riser block and i love it, if you get a grizzly saw dont even bother putting the factory blade it comes with on it. The saw is great, the blade is junk. I put a 1/2” woodslicer on mine and have resawn ALOT if 5/4 hickory and it works perfectly. I would definitely recommend spending the extra 60 bucks and getting the riser block with the saw, it makes a huge difference in your saws capability and you dont want to be tearing apart your saw later on to install it and have to recalibrate everything.

-- -- With the right tools and material you are only limited by your imagination--

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#6 posted 03-11-2010 09:12 PM

What everyone says about the Grizzley 0555… I have one and love it. I’ve had it for over a year.
It does go as cheap as $395 on sale.
Good advice on the blade… spend your money on that and you won’t be sorry.

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

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#7 posted 03-11-2010 09:23 PM

I have a Ridgid 14”, and I love it. Of course, it’s the only bandsaw I’ve ever used, so I don’t know how it compares to a Grizzly, but it does everything I ask it to. And the bonus is that I got it for a little over $300 at one of Home Depot’s buy-more-to-save-more sales. I finally, six months later, ordered cool blocks for it, and I’ll get a better general-use blade soon. The riser block for it is some kind of legend, I guess—everyone knows somebody who knows somebody whose second cousin has the riser block, but it’s impossible to actually find it. I think I read once about someone using a Jet riser block, though. Maybe that’d work. Actually, the only thing I don’t like about my Ridgid is that it can seem a bit underpowered. I don’t notice it until I’m resawing, and then a slow feed rate helps, but I can imagine how a more powerful saw, like that 1 hp Grizzly, would help a lot.

One thing is that with most saws, you’ll want to upgrade the blade and guide blocks—that Griz Drew pointed out has guide bearings standard, which saves you at least $100 down the road. Consider how much you’ll have to upgrade each saw to get it to the desired level of performance, and factor that into the cost.

-- I hate finishing. I never manage to quit while I'm ahead. --Chris

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#8 posted 03-11-2010 10:06 PM

I don’t know how helpful this is, but …

If you DO get a decent band saw, you won’t have to buy any more cigar cutters.

Pays for itself in … what … five years??


-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 03-11-2010 11:09 PM

I’ve got the Craftsman 12” BS shown above, and it’s been a good saw for me. However, I picked it up for < $200 a couple of years ago. For $400+, I’d have a hard time not going with the Grizzly G0555. You can add a riser block to it for up to 12” resaw height. Sometimes the 14” version of the Craftsman saw goes on sale close to your price range…at the right price, I’d consider that one too.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#10 posted 03-11-2010 11:59 PM

Several have referenced bandsaws offered by Grizzly. The G0550 sells for $450 plus $74 delivery charge. The G0580 sells for $395 plus $74 delivery charge. There are several relatively minor differences. In my opinion, the most significant difference is guide blocks versus guide bearings. However, the guide blocks will suffice initially and it is easy to upgrade to guide bearings later when you have some more loose change in your pocket.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 12:17 AM

I”m sure all these recommendations are good but have you checked locally in the papers or on craigslist for a genly used one? I’ve seen good quality ones go for up to half price because they are used and newer models are out making them depreciate a lot. Also, you’re seeing lots and lots of tools being sold these days. Often a band saw is the one to go.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 03-12-2010 01:02 AM

I’ll just go on record to say my G0555 is an awesome bandsaw and has served me well for 3+ years problem free. Your mileage may vary.

-- The older I get the faster I was.

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#13 posted 03-12-2010 02:20 AM

ebay ebay ebay

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#14 posted 03-12-2010 03:44 PM

Ike is right. Shop the used market. I bet you can find several on CL within driving distance and end up with a much better saw for the money. You could also post a WTB ad on the shop and trade forum.

-- Glen

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#15 posted 03-12-2010 04:06 PM

I bought the 14” Craftsman that looks similar to the 12” above a couple of years ago for $375 and I love it

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