Used Grizzly G0555 Bandsaw question

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Forum topic by USMC6531 posted 03-07-2011 07:24 AM 2726 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-07-2011 07:24 AM

Ok guys I need some LJ knowledge. I have been looking for a lightly used bandsaw for a while now and found an offer on Craigslist today for a Grizzly 0555 bandsaw for $150.00. First I wanted to know if that would be a good deal? The ad says it’s in good condition, and from the one picture it looks to be very lightly used, but again its only a picture of one side and all the guts are not shown. So never having owned a bandsaw before I guess my question is, what should I be looking for? Is there anything in particular I should be critical of when looking over this bandsaw? Any little pieces or anything along those lines that are critical to it’s operation? I’m just trying to avoid being the guy who picks up a $150.00 piece of scrap metal!

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Bill White

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 05:10 PM

Don’t have one myself, but the Grizz tools I have (TS and lathe) have been excellent values. Another big plus is the Grizz customer service. Is it close enough to you to allow a visit to the seller?


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#2 posted 03-07-2011 06:46 PM

Yes it’s about 20 minutes away. Was hoping to get some tips on what to look for to ensure it is in good condition

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 12:51 AM

I have this saw. $150 is a steal! Run it and cut with it. IF the motor smokes or scrapes that will be a problem. Replacing the motor may be required. Check the guides, may need replacing. Do the wheels wobble when running? There are a lot of things to check that could be worn or out of adjustment on any band saw. If this saw was close to me I would go buy it at that price, just for spare parts.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 01:09 AM

Unless it’s been dropped off a truck or badly abused it should be
fine… and a bargain if it comes with a fence and motor.

I wouldn’t hesitate or be too fussy. Look at the tires for cracking,
which will tell you something about age and how much it has
been used. If the tires look great, the saw is probably in good
working order.

In my experience most used machinery that hasn’t been abused
in a professional cabinet shop is not messed up. You have to
be more cautious when buying real industrial machinery than the
home-shop/light industrial stuff because the real industrial shops
run tools into the dirt.

Sounds like a bargain that will go fast. Hop on it.

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 01:24 AM

jump on it … i just bought a grizzly g1019 which is discontinued(that one is not) , 3/4 hp (that one is 1 hp) for $150 off the craiger myself. You’ve got a steal on your hands i wouldnt even haggle with him … heres your money now gimme my new bandsaw lol.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 01:25 AM

You probably know this by now….. but, turn it on…. watch and listen. If it doesn’t blow up, ask the guy to help you load it up. As said above, there may be motor problems, but if that’s all that’s wrong with it, you got a steal. You may have to pick up a good blade for it. Just check it out and go with your feelings. You’ll know whether to buy or not. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

- JJ

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#7 posted 03-08-2011 01:26 AM

I hope you don’t mind me asking, but are you an active serviceman now?
- JJ

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#8 posted 03-08-2011 08:59 PM

Sounds good, gonna go tomorrow and hopefully pick it up

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#9 posted 03-08-2011 10:44 PM

Buy the saw. If the manual doesn’t come with it you can get it off the Grizz site. Go thru the manual and set things to spec, buy a good blade and you should be all set. I have a go555x and have loved it from day one.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 03-08-2011 11:20 PM

Bought one new 4 years ago and love it.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#11 posted 03-09-2011 02:49 AM

$150. is a great deal. I have the Grizzly G0513X2 17” Band-saw and I love it.

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#12 posted 03-09-2011 05:31 AM

For only $150, you could easily re-condition it to like new for less than a new one with
Griz parts that are easily obtained if needed.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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