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Forum topic by bbasiaga posted 09-19-2017 10:29 PM 401 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bbasiaga

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09-19-2017 10:29 PM

I have a shopfox 1706 14” band saw that I’ve had for about 5 years now. Its really a good saw. I have no complaints about it, save that it only has a 6” resaw depth.

I am considering going to a G0513ANV 17” saw. It has the 12” resaw height and a more powerful motor. I do have the 220V power to run it as well.

I’m just looking for advice for those who have made a similar upgrade. Was it worth it? Will I miss the cast iron wheels? (Mine currently has them but the Griz 17 has aluminum wheels). Is the Grizzly frame rigid enough? That is another limitation of the design of the 14” saws…it can tension a 3/4” blade but it seems to be at its limit there, where I would think the larger saw could easily handle that blade width.

My drivers are two fold: 1) there have been a number of times where I wish I could have re-sawn wider boards. and 2) I have a Grizzly Coupon right now for 10%off.

Thanks,
Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.


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Lee

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#1 posted 09-20-2017 12:02 AM

I have had the G0513X2 17” saw for several years and am very pleased with it’s performance, it has the cast iron wheels and trunion and 12” resaw, for $1150, hope this helps
http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-Bandsaw-2HP-w-Cast-Iron-Trunnion/G0513X2?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlauE3rmy1gIVD3F-Ch2X0wXPEAYYAyABEgKw3fD_BwE

-- Colombia Custom woodworking

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bigblockyeti

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#2 posted 09-20-2017 12:26 AM

My upgrade is somewhat similar, I had an older Taiwanese 12” POS that I suffered through for far to long and replaced it with a large Grizzly. The power and resaw capacity were were welcome additions, paying ~$30 for what had previously been more like a $10 was not (not to mention having to change blades far too frequently). I eventually bought a 14” Delta much like the one you’re considering getting rid of to join it that has a 1/4” 8tpi blade that stays on it for light duty scroll work. If you have the room and are comfortable having that much money tied up in two handsaws, I would recommend keeping the Delta when you get the big boy, that way you can leave it set up for dedicated resaw/rough milling work.

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Andre

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#3 posted 09-20-2017 03:10 AM

I went from a 14” Delta (Good Saw) to a 17” General, and really appreciate it! Did buy a 10” Rikon for the real small stuff!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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rustfever

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#4 posted 09-20-2017 03:16 AM

Ditto ‘Save the 14” Delta” My 18” Laguna is dedicated to re-sawing. My 14” Delta is for lighter work.

However, my prior Griz 18” could never be adjusted to maintain decent resawing. It found a new home.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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bbasiaga

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#5 posted 09-20-2017 02:25 PM

Thanks folks. I have a few followup questions.

The cast iron wheels are really a sticking point for me. How much value do you place on them vs aluminum?

The other thing is the guides. The ANV model uses carbide disk euro style guides from what I can tell. My current one has roller bearings. Are the fixed kind adequate? Adding Carter guides is another 250 bucks, or I could go with the X2 variant from grizzly which includes roller bearing guides and cast iron wheels. Either option puts me over $1k, closer to $1200, which is a lot more than the $900 I was looking at for the ANV model with coupon.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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Andre

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#6 posted 09-20-2017 02:33 PM

Cast wheels are not an option really,ya need and appreciate that extra momentum! Guides are a preference and perhaps experience using either? My General came with double bearings which is nice when using 1/2” plus blades.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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buckbuster31

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#7 posted 09-20-2017 07:26 PM

how did receive a grizzly coupon… I am in need myself!

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bbasiaga

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#8 posted 09-20-2017 11:35 PM

It came on the cover of woodworkers journal magazine. If you subscribe, you usually get one per year.

Brian

-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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