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Forum topic by theschack posted 05-22-2010 06:06 PM 1617 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2010 06:06 PM

I am a newbie to this site and have spent a lot of time reviewing this site. The concensus is Grizzley make an affordable, well built bandsaw. I have always used a table saw and I have never had a bandsaw and it looks like a good addition to my shop. I am trying to chose between the

G0513×2 and the G0514×2, the main differences being the footbreak, rack and pinion table, throat and 1 extra horsepower. I am having my shop wired for 220v this week, but the 110 option might be nice if it is ever moved or sold. They now make the G0513×2 with a motor break for $100 more. Is a foot or motor break even necessary?

They are both in my price range, but of course I would rather spend less. I don’t need the bigger one now, but who knows what the future hold. Currently, I have a small shop and would have to have it on wheels to move it away from the wall and the rest of my tools for anything larger than a small piece.

I guess I’m leaning toward the 514. Any other saws in this price range I should take a hard look at?

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#1 posted 05-22-2010 07:37 PM

We have the 17” saw without the foot break. It wasn’t an option when we bought the saw but I wish it had been. After several years of pretty heavy use, the only problem we’ve had is the guide bearings that came with the saw were shielded bearings and I think they should have been sealed bearings. When we needed to replace the bearings, there are 10 of them, it was about the same cost as buying the ceramic wheel guides. We installed the ceramic guides but I don’t like them as well as bearing guides.

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#2 posted 05-22-2010 10:21 PM

First, let me say that I am a Grizzly fan despite the fact that I do not own a Grizzly bandsaw. I do own a Grizzly lathe and jointer.

My problem with the bandsaw is the availability of bandsaw blades. Other manufactures make an 18” bandsaw. Grizzly makes a 17” and a 19”. You can always buy blades directly from Grizzly but if you want to try one of the premium brands (such as Timber Wolfe) you will probably find that it is not available for a Grizzly. If that is not a problem for you, then buy the Grizzly.

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2010 04:19 AM

There have been other post about the blades and they found they could be had without problems.

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#4 posted 05-23-2010 05:06 AM

Almost all bandsaw blade dealers weld their blades. They can make them any size you want them. Call Timber Wolf for example, and just give them the model number of your saw; they’ll tell you how long it is and make it if you want.

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#5 posted 05-23-2010 05:23 AM

I have the 17” Grizzly G0514×2. It is a 131 1/2” blade.
I order my Timber Wolf blades from Grizzly. They are also
available on other websites. Grizzly has fast shipping.
I do not have the foot brake, but I am patient and let the blade wind down.
It would be a good idea in the event of emergency I suppose.
I love my band saw ! I have a 3/4” 3AS-S blade for resawing.
It tears through 10” hard maple without bogging the motor at all.
Also blades down to 1/8”, for doing fine work and tight radii.
I think it was well worth my money, and if you check the Spring catalog,
it is on sale for $100.00 off until Sept. 25th. I think the 19” is too.
Good luck, let us know what you get,


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#6 posted 05-23-2010 02:28 PM

I have the GO513×2 ( without the brake ) and I suggest you get that. The brake isn’t going to stop it in a millisecond so it won’t help you if you get too close to the blade. I would spend the extra money on blades. You can get them anywhere, other than a walk in store like Woodcraft. Most decent blades are made to size, and so there is no premium for custom sizes. Go price a Laguna Resaw King and you will see how much you can spend on just one blade. If you have some good blades, the GO513×2 should handle everything you through at it. I have some nit picks – I converted the hex nut adgusters to tool free, and the handle on the fence was in an awkward position, but I think they corrected that, other than that, it is a great saw.

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#7 posted 05-28-2010 02:45 AM

After much thought I ordered the Grizzley Go513×2b. Didn’t really need the 19 inch. The motor break seems to be a better option than the foot break in online reviews. Thanks for the replies.

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