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Forum topic by jtylerp posted 09-19-2010 04:04 PM 1101 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2010 04:04 PM

This old Grizzly bandsaw popped up yesterday. The only thing I know about bandsaws is that I need one and if this one works it is a good deal. I’ve got a few questions.

Is the tensioner not a big deal to buy and replace?

Will I be able to see it run if it has no tensioner, maybe just pull of the blade and turn it on or something?

Any problems I should be on the lookout for with this saw?

Brief tangent: Craigslist, at least around here, is feast or famine. I just got that Delta Contractor’s saw I asked you guys about (it’s awesome, still refurbing it) and now this bandsaw pops up. This is going to be a fun conversation with my wife… “yeah, I just got a saw but this is a DIFFERENT kind of saw, it cuts curves” I can just see her eyes rolling now.

These things never pop up. It’s always benchtop bandsaws and either benchtoptable saws or cabinet saws I don’t have the amps for. I wish the good finds would have spaced themselves out a little more. If this works out though I’m going to start having something resembling a respectable woodshop though :)

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie

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#1 posted 09-19-2010 04:38 PM

For $150 I’d buy it here. You should be able to remove the blade to see it run just can’t tension thew belt.

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#2 posted 09-19-2010 05:05 PM

$150.00 sounds like a good price for that saw. I am thinking of buying another bandsaw but I’m not certain a 14” saw will meet my needs…are you?

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#3 posted 09-19-2010 09:22 PM

I think so. I’m not really looking to do much resawing, just want to be able to cut curves with something other than a jigsaw for stability. Grizzly’s polar bear series has some ridiculous deals on bigger saws right now.

Thanks for the input guys. I’ll definitely be pulling the trigger on this one.

-- Tyler, woodworking newbie

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#4 posted 09-19-2010 11:08 PM

It looks okay… BUT look at what part of the tensioner…. some parts are cheaper than others… and some are easier to fix than others… it maybe a better deal to buy new if its a major part…

Maybe a scroll saw might work better? That works well for cutting curves, that the Bandsaw cannot handle(very very tight turns..) Plus a tad safer for cutting intriquisies… sure it can do it, but if the blade snaps… not good.. they are cheaper to maintain too…

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