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Forum topic by muleskinner posted 08-12-2016 04:22 AM 1420 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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muleskinner

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08-12-2016 04:22 AM

The one tool in my shop that I’ve always been dissatisfied with is my Craftsman 12” band saw which frankly is kind of a rattle trap with no fence and a noticeable wobble in the blade. This guy is asking $200 for this Grizzly which he says is two years old. Says he has a riser kit but never installed it. Opinions?

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#1 posted 08-12-2016 05:55 AM

I have the G0555LX and love it. Fairly easy to set up and adjust, and it holds the settings. I’d say at the price you won’t go wrong. The LX model has cast iron wheels and a few other minor differences.

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#2 posted 08-12-2016 09:41 AM

Give it a look. $200 is attractive for that saw.

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#3 posted 08-12-2016 03:07 PM

$200 with riser is a great deal. I would jump on it.

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#4 posted 08-12-2016 11:02 PM

I have had this saw since 2008. I use it almost every day. It works well for me. I put the riser on mine right off. I also bought the re-saw fence but you can make your own.

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

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#5 posted 08-12-2016 11:52 PM

Hey Mule, you haven’t responded to this yet because you’re busy setting up and installing that riser for your new band saw right? Right??? RIGHT?

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muleskinner

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#6 posted 08-13-2016 02:35 PM


Hey Mule, you haven t responded to this yet because you re busy setting up and installing that riser for your new band saw right? Right??? RIGHT?

- ki7hy

i wish that were the case. Fact is that we were committed to social engagement in portland for the weekend and i won’t be able to get to the seller til monday. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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#7 posted 08-13-2016 11:40 PM

For $200 you can’t go wrong Mule, especially with the riser block. I bought this machine new 5 years ago with the riser block and love it for general bandsaw work. I recently got into some heavy resaw work and ended up buying a Laguna 14’ SUV which is an animal for heavy resawing. The only thing I did to the Grizzly machine was upgrade the guide set with a Carter retrofit kit. The carter kit really makes this saw work well and is well worth doing. If you can get this saw, I think you’ll be very pleased – especially for $200 buck-r-oo’s. Good luck!

-- Insanity is doing the same thing in the same way and expecting a different outcome. Chinese proverb - maybe?

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muleskinner

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#8 posted 08-16-2016 03:32 AM

Well the saw was still there today and it now resides in my shop. Some surface rust on the table (rust stained cast iron has never bothered me) and it needs new guide bearings. Rubber tires but they look and feel good. Runs quiet and smooth.

Turns out the riser kit could not be found and judging by the state of the shop that’s not surprising. (Iraq war vet with some issues so some sympathetic understanding is in order) He knocked 25 bucks off so I figure if I can unload my Craftsman for 50 bucks that will go most of the way toward the riser kit so by the time I’m finished I’ll have a decent saw for around $250 outlay.

All in all, I figure a satisfactory purchase.

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ki7hy

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#9 posted 08-16-2016 03:23 PM

I agree mule. I just used mine all day yesterday resawing boards to build a tool chest. I don’t particularly like resawing compared to the other aspects of building things like a chest but it’s damn nice to have a machine that can do that for me. ENJOY!

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#10 posted 08-28-2016 08:58 PM

Been meaning to follow up on the bandsaw upgrade.

It’s cleaned up, new guide bearing all around, and the riser kit installed.

I ended up selling the Craftsman on CL for 80 bucks. Young family guy with a new house just putting together a shop for home maintenance with an interest in wood work. I was honest about the saw and he was satisfied with what he was getting for the money. (Two other Craftsmans running on the local CL at the same time were asking $150 and $225 (!))

Amazon shipped me the replacement bearings for $14.

I ordered the riser kit from Grizzly on a Wednesday evening, $113 with shipping and tax. Friday morning I was drinking my coffee and thought I’d check the order status. When the page loaded I found … Status: delivered Location: garage. Sure enough, walked out to the garage there it sits on my assembly table. 36 hours from order to delivery… I’ll give everybody involved five stars on that transaction. Took less than an hour to install the kit and fine tune the wheel alignment and guide bearings.

I ordered a 1/2 Wood Slicer resaw blade ($38) but they’re not quite as quick on the draw as Grizzly was, still waiting.

Piece of fairly green yew I sawed with the 3/8 blade that comes with the kit.

Adequate but not a real impressive improvement from what I got out of the Craftsman with a 1/2 Timberwolf blade. I have some 10/4×7 walnut that will tell the tale when the Wood Slicer gets here.

The story my wife hears is that I got a much better saw than what I had for $95 that would retail new and delivered in Wa. state for about $680. Of course between us, we know that’s not the whole story (is it ever with tool upgrades?). Still all in all, a total cash outlay of 260 bucks for a lightly used saw that I’d have to put out just south of $800 for may not be gloat worthy but I’m not feeling any buyers remorse either.

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#11 posted 08-28-2016 10:51 PM

When that woodslicer blade goes dull…(in about a minute) try a cheaper SuperCut “gold” blade for re-sawing. It will out last the woodslicer by a factor of ten. I bought my GO555 with riser in 2008. Good saw.

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

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#12 posted 08-29-2016 12:21 AM

Jim, I hope sooner or later I find a decent blade. I’ve tried Timberwolf on recommendation from here and didn’t notice much improvement over a Craftsman from Sears other than it lasted a little longer. Could have been me, could have been the saw … was pretty inexperienced with a bandsaw. I’ll give the Wood Slicer a go this time and see. Seems the SuperCuts have a pretty enthusiastic following (except for the guy that said they were no good :) . I’ll put them on the list.

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#13 posted 09-02-2016 05:21 PM

Well so far I’m sold on the Wood Slicer 1/2 inch 3 tpi re-saw blade. This is a piece of 7 inch walnut stock. Sliced through it without even breaking a sweat. And even with my funky homemade re-saw fence, there was minimal drift and it came off the saw needing only the lightest pass through the planer.

Much better performance than I ever got on smaller stock with the Timberwolf blades

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