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Forum topic by nitehorse posted 02-02-2018 03:13 AM 252 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-02-2018 03:13 AM

Just now starting to put together some wood working equipment. Lots of experience in machinery and tools just not a lot in wood, i.e. planers, bandsaws, lathes, jointers, etc. My plan is to be able to saw say a 3 foot x 10-12 inch log into usable boards. I’d like to be able to sometimes use my own trees, cherry, oak, maple and make stuff like bowls, spindles, shelves. I think a 2HP should be able to do that.
I am getting real close to buying a bandsaw. I like the Grizzly G0513X2BF as it seems to have enough features to make it a good usable user friendly machine and without breaking my bank account. I did look at the Laguna brand but they seem to fall short of the Grizzly. For what its worth Grizzly seems to have a good rep for customer service??
Would anyone be so kind to help me out.


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#1 posted 02-02-2018 07:11 PM

I have had the older version of that saw for about 7 years now and I’m quite satisfied with it. It has plenty of power and a good fence. One quirk is the 131 1/2” blade which is not a common size so I either order the blade from Grizzly or have it custom made….fortunately a local saw shop does that with no problem or extra expense. I see they have added a foot brake that my older one does not have.
One feature I wish mine had was easy removal of the top so blade changes and guide adjustments would be easier.
When sawing odd shaped wood on a band saw make sure you have good control of the wood so the saw blade does not torque, roll or otherwise deflect the movement while you are sawing. You can not only be injured but it will certainly damage the blade. Be careful. Be aware that bandsaws were originally designed to cut meat.

Here is a good video to watch on setting up the saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 07:28 PM

Thank you Les.

I was/am planning to make a rolling jig t hold a log, yea I know good luck with that :)
Never thought about blade length. Will check around my area (north of Harrisburg pa) to find a custom blade maker. Or just make my own.

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 07:40 PM

Most machine shops have a bandsaw with a welder right on it and can make a blade of any length weather its for wood or metal.

-- thimmaker

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 07:41 PM

when you say “3 feet by 10-12 inches”, do you mean 3 feet long by 10-12 inches in diameter?

The max cutting height on that saw is 12”, so if it’s the other way around it wouldn’t work. If you’re looking for an affordable way to resaw whole logs, I think the cheapest way is to get a chainsaw mill..

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