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Forum topic by jbee posted 03-20-2017 02:35 PM 1092 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jbee

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03-20-2017 02:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw calibration setup

Hello LJs,

I am new to woodworking and recently purchased a Grizzly 0555LANV, the 14” Anniversary Edition. This is the first bandsaw I have ever setup, so I have been slow to get it going.

I had to wait for dry weather to shellac the table, but that is finally done.

Today I have made progress but have what I think is a really dumb question.

The fence has a ” calibration” tape that I need to stick on. Is there a specific location I should try to place the zero mark or other mark?

Should I center it on the blade location? The tape has markings for 18 inches.

I know in the long run the placement is relative, but I am sure some things are easier if you have it in the right location.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.


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Mark Kornell

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 06:10 AM

I have a tape on my bandsaw (Grizz G0514), never refer to it. Unless the tape is calibrated to one side of the blade, it isn’t accurate, and every time you change the blade you’d need to recalibrate.

My recommendation would be to not install it. Just measure off the blade when you do an operation involving the fence.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 06:52 AM

Ditto. You’ll find it more bother than it’s worth.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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jbee

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 02:09 PM

Thanks.
I had not thought of the need to recalibrate if you change the blade.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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jimintx

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 02:14 PM

A coat of shellac on a cast iron table is a new technique for me.
Is that something you’ve tried before?

I’m aligned with the prior commenters about the tape scale.
My Rikon has the standard inch scale on the fence rail, but i have not ever used it in any way.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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jbee

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#5 posted 03-26-2017 09:21 AM

Hi Jim,

Sorry to take so long to reply but I have been “out of pocket” so to speak.

I have not tried shellac on a cast iron table before. I am fairly new to woodworking and therefore, new to maintaining the equipment.

I did see this forum topic about Sawstop rusted.
There was a reference to this link about using shellac. I followed “swirt’s” method of padding the shellac onto the table.
We will see how it works.

Thanks for your input on the tape.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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Bill White

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#6 posted 03-26-2017 12:28 PM

Just in case you haven’t heard, the stock blades are not that good (they’re pretty bad at best). Get some good blades.
I have the 0555LX, and it is a great saw for the money. The guides are a bit fiddly to adjust. Take your time and do it right.
Enjoy the 0555.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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#7 posted 03-26-2017 09:23 PM

I too had never owned a bandsaw but purchased one of these Grizzlies a couple months ago, the directions are pretty easy to follow regarding setup. When it comes to buying blades shop around there are better prices out there vs. Grizzly. I wish I had bought one a long time ago.

-- Brad

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jbee

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#8 posted 03-26-2017 09:29 PM

Thanks guys. I did buy a 1/4 ” Timberwolf blade to use as well. I will wait to use it for a while though.

I followed Alex Snodgrass’s video for setup and will practice with the original blade a bit before changing blades. And yes the guides have seemed a little persnickity.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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firefighterontheside

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#9 posted 03-26-2017 09:32 PM

nevernind…..you already watched the Snodgrass video.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 03-26-2017 10:30 PM

Thanks.
I had not thought of the need to recalibrate if you change the blade.
- jbee

I can’t think of a reason why you would need to – the wheel isn’t moving, so the blade comes down in the same place regardless of size… maybe I’m missing something.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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runswithscissors

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#11 posted 03-27-2017 02:46 AM

Maybe because blades of different widths ride differently on the wheels?

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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