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Forum topic by BigLeafBen posted 04-26-2017 02:23 AM 402 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BigLeafBen

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04-26-2017 02:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw woodworking comparison saw wood

Hello everyone!

As some of you know I recently got a sweet deal on a TON of large power tools for my woodshop. Today a man texted me offering his Grizzly G0555 with the riser block and on casters in like new condition for $300. The bandsaw I got in that big package deal is a Jet JWBS-14csw. The jet is in good condition but not great. There is surface rust on the table and I can hear the blade nick the part of the bandsaw that is right where the riser block would be installed. I’ve heard before that there has been problems with Grizzly power tools but then again I’ve heard the same thing about jet. The bottom line is:

Is this a good price for a used Grizzly G0555 with the riser block and casters in like new condition for $300?

Which is the better bandsaw?

PS. What is really attractive to me about the grizzly is that I would be going from a 6” resaw capacity to an almost 13” resaw capacity. My goal this year is to start on my guitar building adventure so resawing thicker timber will be pretty important soon but I am just wondering if I should wait and get a better upgrade. Thanks people!


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MrUnix

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#1 posted 04-26-2017 02:36 AM

Which is the better bandsaw?
- BigLeafBen

AFAIK, they are both pretty much the same saw, and both are essentially just imported clones of the Delta. If the riser block is important to you, then you could always sell your other saw to help pay for it.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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HorizontalMike

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#2 posted 04-26-2017 10:08 AM

IMO, this is simple… Buy and use BOTH. Set the Gizzly up with a 1/2” to 3/4” resaw blade, and wet up the Jet with a 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8” blade for curves.

FWIW, after +6yr with my 14” Rikon BS, I ended up buying a small 10” Rikon for curves. Wow, I should have done this years ago! Life is good with two BSs.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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RickEmery

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#3 posted 04-26-2017 12:17 PM

As stated both machines are pretty much identical save the green v white dressing. Personally, if you have the room and finances, shoot for a bigger machine 17”+ for resaw work. 3/4” blades on my Grizzly 14 in. is a no go. Eventually I will add a 17” machine when the war department releases appropriation funding.

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Davevand

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#4 posted 04-26-2017 12:28 PM



IMO, this is simple… Buy and use BOTH. Set the Gizzly up with a 1/2” to 3/4” resaw blade, and wet up the Jet with a 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8” blade for curves.

FWIW, after +6yr with my 14” Rikon BS, I ended up buying a small 10” Rikon for curves. Wow, I should have done this years ago! Life is good with two BSs.

- HorizontalMike

This is what I have done also, life is much better. I removed the riser block from the BS with the small blade and put one of these on it
http://www.carterproducts.com/band-saw-products/band-saw-stabilizer

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SuperCubber

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#5 posted 04-26-2017 09:32 PM

That’s a killer deal. If you don’t want it, I do!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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