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Forum topic by BryaninGA posted 01-06-2017 09:42 PM 548 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2017 09:42 PM

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I am getting ready to buy a 14” bandsaw and I think I have it down to either a Grizzly G0555LANV – 14” Deluxe Bandsaw – Anniversary or the Grizzly G0555 – The Ultimate 14” Bandsaw.

The cost is the same but there are a couple of differences. The Deluxe has cast iron wheels. The ultimate has cast aluminum wheels but has a wider blade speed range and a wider left hand tilt range. So my question is is having the cast iron wheels worth giving up the broader range in blade speed and table tilt?

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#1 posted 01-06-2017 10:14 PM

Cast iron wheels give you a lot more momentum when cutting, which translates into less bogging down and smoother cuts. The speed difference is negligible for high speed, which is where you’ll run it for all woodworking. LH table tilt is also a non-issue to me. I’d rather have the cast iron wheels.

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#2 posted 01-06-2017 10:35 PM

Only you can decide how important the left tilt is, but for me the cast wheels have more value.

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#3 posted 01-06-2017 10:50 PM

Longevity and maintainability is up on the list for me… which is why I would not get either one of those. I really hate those motors that bolt on to the back of the saw, for a few different reasons. I also don’t like the roller guides as IMHO, there isn’t any real benefit over HSS blocks; and they get fouled and need to be replaced a lot more as well. Speed is a wash also… most people who buy multi-speed machines (wood/metal) will use it for one or the other, but rarely both. Metal chips and oil don’t mix well with sawdust, and cleaning up after switching modes is a royal PITA. All things the same, cast iron wheels are favord by most, but the difference is pretty negligible in my experience. Just some random thoughts to consider :)


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#4 posted 01-06-2017 11:28 PM

I cut wood and aluminum all the time with my single speed band saw with no problem. I also use the same blade for both. Cutting steel is a different thing. A slow speed and a metal cutting blade is needed. If I needed to cut steel, all I would need to do is change to a different pulley ratio and a different blade. In response to your question, I vote for the cast iron wheels.

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