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Forum topic by Keith Fenton posted 10-15-2010 03:54 AM 6491 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Keith Fenton

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10-15-2010 03:54 AM

I love window shopping … probably more than actual shopping because there is no guilt. It will still be at least a couple months before I bite the bullet and purchase a couple big ticket items. At the top of my list is a band saw. The saw will primarily but not exclusively be used for resawing. I need to be able to resaw at least 9” hardwood preferably a little more but most of my wood will be 6” to 9” domestic and exotics.

I am in Canada but will be traveling to the US this winter and was thinking of stopping at a Grizzly showroom since we are passing right by one. The only thing with buying in the US is that I will most likely have to pay duty on what I buy so that’s an addition 10% added to the cost.

My budget is in the neighborhood of $1000 but i am somewhat flexible. The more I spend, the longer it will be before I can buy MORE TOOLS :)

I am really looking at both Grizzly and their Canadian brother- Craftex. I was quite set on Grizzly because of all the great reviews on here but now I see Craftex has a new series: the CX-series which complicates my decision even more.

This 14” Craftex CX really has a lot of impressive features and is the only 14” on my list… I really thought I would need bigger but it has 2HP and 13” resaw, cast iron wheels, co-planar adjustment and it can use up to a 3/4” blade which is as big as I can get in a “Woodslicer” resaw blade. Seems very close to the grizzly G0457

craftex cx100

here are the others I am considering:

craftex ct103
grizzly g0513X2

or a little out of my price range but I could splurge:
grizzly g0514x

What I would like is some feedback on what you guys think… Is there any reason to get the 17” or 18” saws over the 14” since they are so similarly featured. Woodslicer blades come so highly recommended, I personally don’t think being able to use a 1” blade from another company is really worth it.

Will I be happy resawing with 2HP? Do i need to break the bank with the 19” 3HP? It seems most of you seem to be doing OK with 1.5 -2 HP.

I am also somewhat worried that craftex’s customer service may not be up to par with grizzly’s.

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cabmaker

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 04:50 AM

Hi Keith, It is my experiance that bigger is better when it comes to bandsaws. The biggest dilema is kinda like boat ownership. You gotta have that 21 ft. But soon you ll want the 26ft. Then later you ll wish you had got the 32ft,on and on and on. I have owned and used everything from a 10 inch delta to a 36 inch northfield and several sizes in between. I will offer that I have substantually downsized and now only have a grizz. 0514x. I am 100 % content with it. Anything less than 3hp will probably not make you smile while resawing. I realize that you can do it however with just the right blade,etc. but life is short, just do it. The only thing I might do differant would be to buy the 24 inch. with 5hp. I like the beef and brawn. Im not much on machinery that pushes the envelope while working. Good luck on your quest.JB

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knotscott

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 01:05 PM

As a Viking’s fan, I don’t think I could tolerate that bright Packer’s yellow and green one, so I’d eliminate it from the running! (lol). More capacity and power is always nice to have, but the G0513X looks to be hitting the sweetspot for bang for the buck.

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PeteJacobsen

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 06:46 AM

Keith, I know nothing about the Craftex, but I’ve got one of Grizzly G0513X2 machines. I’m quite happy with it after having two different 14” machines, and before that the bandsaw attachment for my Shopsmith. Contrary to JB’s experience, I find it has enough power for anything I’ve tried. Then, again, I’m not typically in a hurry. I’m usually going for the smooth cut rather than the fast one.

My only gripe about this machine is that the lower guides are a bit of a pain to adjust, but each of the machines I’ve owned shared that problem.

OK, one other gripe: the table, which is generously large, should have a solid lower border to make clamping jigs easier. Easily solved with a spare piece of plywod I keep close, but that’s one more thing to hold while setting up the clamp.

Pretty minor issues. The machine has been giving me a lot of enjoyment!

Pete

-- At war with my faults, at peace with my neighbors

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barryvabeach

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 01:38 PM

While the 14 inch bandsaw can have the same hp as a 17 inch machine, you can’t rip a board as wide on the 14 due to simple geometry. So a 17 gives wider ripping, and usually a bigger work table. Also, the blades will bend less on 17 inch wheels than on 14 inch wheels. IIRC there were some blades that weren’t suggested for use for 14 bandsaws. When I was in the same position a few years ago – the 2 that came to the top of the list were the 17 Rikon and the GO513×2 – I never saw the Rikon in person, but bought the Grizzy and love it. I converted all the adjusters to thumbscrews to address the minor issue mentioned by Pete, and eventually swapped out the bearings for better ones, but overall it is a great machine. I don’t have the experience of cabmaker, but I did own a 14 Delta for a very short time and it was in not in the same world as the 17 Grizzly

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