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Forum topic by BobG posted 06-27-2010 06:02 AM 1326 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2010 06:02 AM

I am contemplating putting a riser block on my new Delta Band saw. I’m wanting to do it with and if I can find a Grizzly kit that fits. As of right now the only draw back is the guide post size. the post on my Delta is 15/16” round it could also be the same size hex. I am wondering if anyone that owns a Grizzly saw would measure the guide post and “post it” here so that the age old question would be answered! Does the Grizzly fit the Delta? It’s my understanding that each of the Grizzlies use a different Guide bar? Why would they do this? I sure would appreciate anyone taking the time to answer this question! Oh, I know that Delta has one but the cost is double the Grizzly.

Bob G.

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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#1 posted 08-06-2010 06:10 AM

Does the Delta you have have enough horsepower to resaw something another 6 inches thick? The reason I ask is that a buddy of mine has a Delta 14” bandsaw with the riser kit and I tried to resaw some 10” boards using her ‘new’ resaw blade and it was painfully slow and I felt like the motor was struggling.

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#2 posted 08-06-2010 02:21 PM

It should have, I put a one horse power motor on it, or should I say “I hope it has”! I broke down and ordered a riser kit from Amazon @ $129.00 including shipping, 3 weeks ago, I see they now have raised the price some. They are still the cheapest on the net. I had prices quoted from $126—- $199. All plus shipping! Most with a smile and a “we can order that right now for you sir”!

Oh by the way, the Grizzly doesn’t fit you could replace some parts to make it work but, by the time you did that you would have as much cost as the Delta kit.

I cut some hard maple burl on my old Delta 1/2 horse without a riser and it cut like butter. A 1/2 inch blade with 3 teeth, not the smoothest, the cut was rough, but I think I pushed it too fast. It was my first time at serious re-sawing. I have a bunch of burl left that starts at 18” thick in the smallest diameter. Came across it in New Hampshire, one lucky find!
I understand it depends on what blades you are using also. Timber Wolf is supposed to be the best. I am probably going to get some answers for that statement!

-- BobG, Lowell, Arkansas--------My goal in life is to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am! Make more saw dust!!

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