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Forum topic by Chipy posted 06-08-2011 07:53 PM 3373 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chipy

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06-08-2011 07:53 PM

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What do you Guys think,Is there a difference between Cast iron wheels and cast aluminum wheels?I am looking at either the Grizzly G0513p( aluminum wheels )or the G0555x(cast iron wheels)This will be my first and last band Saw so I would like to get it right! I have never had my own saw but used many in various shops I have worked in.My uses will be general cutting and plan to RE-saw in the future. Thanks for your input.


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Loren

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#1 posted 06-08-2011 08:11 PM

I’ve had quality saws with both iron and aluminum wheels.

Iron wheels have more mass and momentum, so saws
with these wheels take longer to get going and to slow
down. I would go with the iron for heavy use but
if it comes down to a choice between a 14” Delta-pattern
saw and a bigger steel framed Italian-style saw, I’d
go with the bigger saw.

Bandsaw wheels can be replaced easily enough if they
wear out.

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#2 posted 06-08-2011 08:53 PM

Chipy I have had my G0555X for about 4 months now and need to do a review actually. What I can tell you is that you will completely satisfied with the Grizz. I have resawn 12” beams through mine using a wood slicer blade and the machine basically laughed at me. There is no stopping those cast iron wheels. The only weak spot I have found with the saw is the blade tension quick release brackets are a bit thin. Mine bent slightly. I called Grizzly and the parts were on back order for about a week. That tells me I wasn’t the only one this happened to. Don’t forget the riser kit, you WILL use it.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#3 posted 06-08-2011 10:16 PM

Youll like the cast iron wheels better on an import saw. The import motors need all the assistance they can get.

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#4 posted 06-08-2011 11:32 PM

Thanks I think? cabmaker.

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cabmaker

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#5 posted 06-09-2011 10:10 PM

Hey Chipy I was certainly not bashing the import Im just saying that the import electric motors dont have as heavy of windings therefore when the going gets tough they just dont have the dig in and go effect.

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#6 posted 06-10-2011 02:23 AM

cabmaker I am not that sensitive.I have herd that the foreign motors are a little on the week side.Your second blog entry had more info in it and I appreciate your point of view and agree with most of what you say.Regardless of the motors true potential my question leaned more towards the rigidity of the wheel and would the aluminum get out of shape under heavy load such as re-sawing. Hey even if your bashing the machine your not bashing me I realize that.If we can’t bash the machines they will never get better. Absolutely no hard feelings!!

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 04:10 AM

Chipy, check your pm. I will add that there is no fear of the cast alum. losing its form by over tensioning

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