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Forum topic by Tom posted 05-19-2016 02:49 PM 659 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-19-2016 02:49 PM

I think I’ve reached the point that I’m going to invest in a band saw; between overtime and a work bonus I have the cash saved up. I’ve been browsing CL for months and haven’t really seen much in the way of 14” saws that were either close/reasonably priced/already sold. There were lots of the smaller 3 wheel ones and bench top ones. I’ve done a fair amount of research on different brands and Grizzly seems to be in the sweet spot for quality/price/performance. Grizzly currently has a lot of their saws (G0555ANV and G0555LX) on sale for $30 off plus if I sign up for email they’ll discount shipping by $25.

So…for the Grizzly owners, are these as good as the online reviews say?


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#1 posted 05-19-2016 03:16 PM

I have a Grizzly 17” band saw. I also have a Delta 14” band saw. I find the Grizzly has me using it most. Size does matter. If I were to buy a new band saw I would most likely buy from Grizzly. I have looked at Minimax and Laguna and do like what I see till I look at the price tag. I would stay clear of 3 wheel band saws all but maybe a Inca.

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#2 posted 05-19-2016 03:59 PM

Just bought the 17” Grizzly. Love it.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-19-2016 04:56 PM

I have a Shopfox 14”...model 1704 maybe?....that is very similar to the Grizzly models. Basically Shopfox is their retail line and comes with slightly different features and a different warranty. Mine came with a fence and has cast iron wheels. Both of those are nice features. The saw resaw well with a sharp blade and proper setup.

I looked really hard at that 555anv model. It is about the same, but IITC had the aluminum wheels. Not sure how much difference that makes in reality. What made the decision for me was the Shopfox was in stock at a local wood store, and came with the fence, and was about the same price when all was said and done.

I’m happy with mine. I think you’ll find they are good saws for the money.

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#4 posted 05-19-2016 05:04 PM

I’ve had two Grizzly 14” saws that were both junk. I’d suggest either an older Delta/Rockwell or wait until you can step up to a PM/Laguna. My 20 year old Delta 14” bandsaw was 1/3 the price of my Grizzly and made it look like a toy for my daughter. My current Powermatic was a significant upgrade over the Delta, but it was an upgrade that I would have expected for the additional expense. Keep in mind when using the “but they sell so many that they can’t be bad” logic that they sold over 10 million Ford Pintos…...

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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loiblb

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#5 posted 05-19-2016 08:14 PM

My old CL found 14” Delta was $150 and as Brian said are good saws. Only they need work too. My 20+ year old Delta needed new bearings in the motor and upper and lower wheels. I could have used it as it was but bearings are cheap. Mine was missing the belt guard. The thing is I can always get $150 for it

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#6 posted 05-19-2016 08:34 PM

Found this on CL: http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/tls/5589135400.html

Never heard of the brand and the price makes me think something is really wrong with it.
Same saw was up 2 days ago for $100.

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#7 posted 05-19-2016 08:43 PM

I’d jump all over that for $50 even though I don’t need it. Looks identical to a Delta.

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#8 posted 05-19-2016 09:38 PM

They did indeed sell a lot of Pintos. However, you didn’t hear people bragging all the time about how much they liked their Pinto. On the other hand, I can’t begin to count the number of posts I have read here and in a couple of other woodworking forums where the Grizzly G0555 in all its variations has been praised. If the saw weren’t very good, you wouldn’t see so many people who like it a lot. I have seen far more compliments than complaints about it. I just want others to know that your opinion is not universal.


I ve had two Grizzly 14” saws that were both junk. I d suggest either an older Delta/Rockwell or wait until you can step up to a PM/Laguna. My 20 year old Delta 14” bandsaw was 1/3 the price of my Grizzly and made it look like a toy for my daughter. My current Powermatic was a significant upgrade over the Delta, but it was an upgrade that I would have expected for the additional expense. Keep in mind when using the “but they sell so many that they can t be bad” logic that they sold over 10 million Ford Pintos…...

- Brian


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#9 posted 05-19-2016 10:51 PM

I have had a GO555 since 2008 and like it. I bought it with the riser and re-saw fence and that is what I use it for mainly. Re-sawing 6”- 8” cedar boards and 6” oak, maple and walnut. Mine is a one horse power saw and is just strong enough. More HP would be nice but with a sharp blade it will re-saw anything I need. Sharp blade is very important when re-sawing.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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bigJohninvegas

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#10 posted 05-20-2016 02:15 AM

Tom that $50 CL saw looks just like my harbor freight saw. It works ok for up to 6/4 stock. No good at all for any kind of resaw work. Any thicker and it drifts to much to cut an acurate straight line. I friend has a jet saw that looks like the HF saw. Night and day difference. I have tried a 1/2” blade to try small resaw work. Best to keep a 1/4” blade for small stuff.
I want to upgrade later this year to this jet 14” saw
http://www.jettools.com/us/en/p/jwbs-14sf-14-steel-frame-bandsaw-1-3-4hp-1ph/714500
I got to use one to resaw a misquite log that was near capacity for the saw. Making the cut was effortless.
the fact that I have 1st hand Experience with this model saw is a big sell point.
I could save alot with a comparable grizzly saw, but there there’s the risk of is it going to be a good saw.
I have made more than my share of poor tool choices. Will most likely spend the extra on the jet.

-- John

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#11 posted 05-20-2016 04:00 AM

I have my Grizzly G0555LANV for about a year, and I love it. Now, it is the only bandsaw I have ever had, or used, and I’m a weekend warrior, but it does everything I need, and does it perfectly.

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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#12 posted 05-20-2016 04:37 AM

For those of you that have the 0555 series, how is the dust collection? I have an older craftsman and your better off making a mess and cleaning it up afterwards.

Thanks

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#13 posted 05-20-2016 11:27 AM

dust collection is an issue with my grizzly saw just sweep the mess up. I have it connected to my dust collector but still there is fine sawdust all over it.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#14 posted 05-20-2016 02:20 PM

I have the 0555LX (iron wheels, etc.), and I’d buy it again. Don’t have a riser yet.
The dust collection is above my expectations. I’ve added a lower wheel brush-a modified tooth brush, and aside from some table dust, all is well.
The bearings set up is a bit “fiddly” ‘cause I was used to Cool Blocks.
Fit and finish is good. Just add good blades, and don’t overload with 3/4” high tension stuff. Good 1/2” blades will do most everything a 14” saw is supposed to do.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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