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Forum topic by Absolution posted 10-17-2016 11:44 PM 672 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Absolution

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10-17-2016 11:44 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question

Hi Folks,

What is your opinion of the Grizzly G0555 14” band saw? I am looking for a band saw to do some all around stuff: cutting curves, cutting more expensive and exotic lumber, resawing. This seems like a good choice for me given the price and size. It seems to be well reviewed. I’m a little more than your typical hobby woodworker and would expect it to see a couple hours of use every week. What do you think? Any other band saw recommendations?


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syenefarmer

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 11:11 PM

The overall consensus of the G0555 and the G0555P is pretty good. Both are fairly basic 14” BS’s with the limitations that go along with that. Neither is a real strong candidate when it comes to resawing but in a pinch they’ll do OK. For the money, either one would be a solid investment just don’t expect too much out of them.

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Bob Kassmeyer

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#2 posted 10-18-2016 11:31 PM

I have had mine for 10 years or so. I have used it for curves, resawing, with a riser block and just all around sawing. The only real problems I have had is the need to replace the guide bearings periodically. I buy them ten at a time online and do it as a maintenance step every once in a while. When resawing thick hardwoods you have to go slow but it works and the price was reasonable.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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jmartel

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#3 posted 10-19-2016 04:39 PM

It’s a good saw. Keep the cabinet clear of sawdust as the bearings aren’t sealed and will go out. They are standard sized bearings though, only like $2-3 each at a hardware store. So they are easy to find and replace with better sealed ones.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 10-19-2016 06:26 PM

Consider the 0555LX. The cast iron wheels lend more inertia.
Mine has been a great price/value addition to the shop.
Don’t have a riser ‘cause I don’t do a bunch of wide resaw.
Just my thoughts.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Jim Finn

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#5 posted 10-19-2016 11:27 PM

I bought my GO555 in 2008 just for re-sawing. I got the riser and re-saw fence with it. It works well IF, a big IF, a good re-saw blade is used. I use a $25 1/2” re-saw blade from Super Cuts now.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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KelleyCrafts

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#6 posted 10-19-2016 11:35 PM

I usually use mine several hours a week. For the money I don’t think you could get a better saw.

-- http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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Wondermutt

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#7 posted 11-18-2016 05:19 AM

I bought a used one. It worked great for a few years. It is a great machine to start with.

Sold it 4 years later for what I paid for it.

Last I heard, its still going strong

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