New Grizzly Bandsaw - basic setup questions

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

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

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

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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#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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