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06-29-2010 11:34 PM

I am planning to purchase my first real bandsaw later next month and I’m trying to decide what saw to buy. I have had a benchtop delta shopmaster bandsaw for years and it has been OK, but it is not powerful enough to resaw lumber, not big enough to do bandsaw boxes and I’ve always had major problems with the blade drifting and wandering. The boss (my wife) has given me permission to make the purchase and I want to look at some type of open-base 14” bandsaw that has a price tage in the $3000-$400 range. I’ve been looking at the Rigid 14” bandsaw at Home Depot and Lowes sells a Porter-Cable 14” bandsaw. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

-- Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 06-30-2010 12:11 AM

Grizzly G0555


Grizzly new bandsaw G0555P
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#2 posted 06-30-2010 01:42 AM

Definitely can’t go wrong with the Grizzly G0555/P. Add a riser block and build a mobile base and you’ve got a pretty sweet saw.

Most of the 14” bandsaws are fairly similar, but some of the big box ones (e.g. the Ridgid) are 3/4 hp. A little more hp will come in handy when you are resawing. The PC 14” is a new saw – I haven’t heard much about it but it certainly looks beefed up compared to the Delta 14” they used to sell. Before it came out, I’d say in that price range there was nothing better than the G0555, but the PC is really worth a look now. You get an extra 1/2 hp, a closed stand, and I’m sure you can probably add a riser block. Customer service-wise, I’d wager that Grizzly will do a better job than PC taking care of you should anything go wrong.

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#3 posted 06-30-2010 01:44 AM

I’m a grizzly fan too.

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#4 posted 06-30-2010 01:59 AM

I have the GO55 saw also . with the riser and I like it. I use it mainly to resaw

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#5 posted 06-30-2010 02:13 AM

They all took the words right out of my mouth- Grizzly G0555. I think it is the very best saw for the money- on sale for $398 right now. I bought mine a few years ago and made a 6” riser for it and use it every day. I cut wood, aluminum , leather or plastic on it. And the fence is real accurate, too. I put casters on it and enclosed the bottom of the stand and use it for bandsaw tool storage.
I really like the Grizzly products. I have their 55” parallelogram table jointer and a few air nailers and lathe chucks. They all perform great. Go Grizzly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-30-2010 03:38 AM

I use both the 15” General and the 16” HD Laguna, but they are more money than the Grizzly, which also looks to be built well.
When I first read your post, I was thinking you meant $3000 to $4000 range. That IS a serious bandsaw!

P.S. I just checked your profile, saw you are in Nashville. Check out Summers Lumber in LaVergne, they will treat you right. I just found them last month while I was there on business.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 06-30-2010 04:02 AM

I just bought a Jet 14” closed-stand saw … the Grizzly G0555 was second on my list. The deciding factor: the Jet was in stock at a local machine shop on sale, no shipping, and they threw in a Jet resaw fence and mobile base. My end price for the Jet was about the same as the Grizzly would have been.

Unless you can stumble onto a deal like I did, I’d go for the Grizzly in a New York minute.

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#8 posted 06-30-2010 04:33 AM

I just want to put in a plug for Craigslist. You can get a lot more saw for your money if you buy used, plus you can be fairly confident of being able to sell it again without losing money if you later decide to upgrade. I started out with some pretty dinky tools when I first started woodworking I’ve done plenty of upgrading, but I’ve actually managed to turn a profit on every tool that I sold.

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#9 posted 06-30-2010 04:45 AM

I just bought a JET as well, really nice saw. I found it at a pretty good deal. Like the others here, Grizzly was next on my list.

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#10 posted 06-30-2010 04:52 AM

We have the delta bandsaw at school in my class. It has held up to the unintentional abuse freshman give it that have never used one before, twists and turns. It has held up better than the Ridgid that we bought a year and a half ago. Grizzly is on our list too, however when we can get a similar saw local, we did. Also the delta’s at lowes have now switched to Porter Cable. The PC model now has a cabinet base with storage. ABout time someone did that. Even before I saw this, I am having students redo all the other stands to cabinets so we can store extra blades in them. plus easier to sweep around rather than inbetween the legs

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#11 posted 06-30-2010 04:57 AM

I do not own a Grizzly bandsaw (I have a 18” Jet) but if I were looking for a 14” bandsaw in this price range, Grizzly G0555 would be number one on my list.

1 hp and roller bearing guides for under $500. How can you go wrong?

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

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#12 posted 06-30-2010 05:33 AM

If you are interested in getting the G0555/P. I suggest you to pre-order now(more coming in July), before it gets sold out again.

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#13 posted 06-30-2010 12:55 PM

I would go with the Grizzly. As soon as I get the $ saved up, I’m getting the G0513X2 17”. I went to the Grizzly store in Springfield Mo. Seen a couple of the saws in action, any of them would do a great job.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#14 posted 06-30-2010 01:30 PM

Josh, You might want to look at Grizzly Polar Bear Series, $ 472.00 shipped. They are new so I don’t have any info on them, maybe some other LJ’s have info.
Good luck !!!

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#15 posted 06-30-2010 01:37 PM

Grizzly all the way :)

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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