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Forum topic by Mike997 posted 07-18-2018 03:34 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mike997

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07-18-2018 03:34 PM

I’m pretty new to woodworking. I have set up a small shop in my garage, so far have a scrollsaw, circular saw, belt sander, router, and drill press. I’m considering getting more serious, and investing in the Grizzly G0777 14 inch, 1.75HP band saw. I asked these questions to their support, but of course they just want to sell me a saw. So if anyone has any thoughts, I’d really appreciate it. Specifically I’m wondering: 

1.  When they deliver it, will I be able to move the boxes into my garage using a hand cart or dolly? Or do I need some kind of heavy equipment like a forklift? I see that the larger of the two boxes is about 250 pounds, but I don’t have a sense for whether I’ll be able to move it or not

2. Is this saw impractical for a regular residential garage in a residential area of Chicago? Is it loud during cutting? I have a number of other saws and tools that I use on a regular basis, but they are generally smaller, other than a 2.3 HP router.


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AHuxley

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#1 posted 07-18-2018 03:49 PM

1. you should have little problem moving that saw around with a handcart or dollies. Normally with liftgate shipping the driver will pull the machine into your garage (if it isn’t up a dirt or gravel road), this happens the vast majority of the time. That really is a lightweight machine and moving it around should be cake for most people.

2. A bandsaw is very quiet compared to a circular saw or a router, so no issues there.

3. The G0778 is not a great value in a 14” steel spined saw, is has been out for a long time and has been overpriced for what it is from the beginning. Grizzly’s own G0817 though more money is a better value for most. The best buys in the 14” steel spined bandsaws are from Rikon and Laguna.

4. I didn’t mention used since you only mentioned a new saw.

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Steve

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#2 posted 07-18-2018 05:21 PM

I went with the 14” Rikon deluxe BS and it fits fine in my 20×20 garage. I broke down and bough the mobile base for it. It’s not very loud and I can use it no problem at night.

It came in one large box that said 285lbs. I had help sliding it out of my truck bed onto a hand cart. It was easy to roll around after that.

Not the same saw you’re looking at, but similar conditions.

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DBDesigns

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#3 posted 07-18-2018 08:57 PM

Mike,
I noticed you didn’t mention that you have a table saw. If it was me, I would buy a TS before a Band saw just because of the versatility that it gives you. I have both but my TS is the heart of my shop.
Cheers,
Tim

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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bondogaposis

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#4 posted 07-18-2018 10:57 PM

You will have no problem moving that around. Bandsaws are much quieter than table saws. A 14” bandsaw is a very practical and useful tool in just about any shop. A 14” is saw a great and versatile size.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Mike997

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#5 posted 07-19-2018 11:13 PM

Thabks for all the info! In regards to choosing which saw, is there a place you’d recommend for unbiased reviews? I have a hard time trusting most sites, they seem like they have been set up by the manufacturers just to sell their products.

As for the table saw vs band saw, I realize there are some things that I can’t do with my hand-held circular saw, but I have been able to do what I have needed. What do you think I need the table saw for? I’m mostly space-limited for now, till I can get rid of some junk.

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DBDesigns

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#6 posted 07-20-2018 01:50 AM

Table saw is great for; Dados, ripping long boards, ripping wide boards and plywood, crosscutting wide boards accurately, long wide miters, very accurate fence to blade relationship for long boards.

Bandsaw is great for; resawing thick boards for a book matched pattern on table tops and boxes, cutting circles and curves, cutting tennons, ripping small stock safely, milling rough lumber before it gets planed.

It really depends on what kind of work you are doing and only you know best. I will say this. I can’t live without both.

Good luck with your new adventures in the lifelong passion of woodworking. Don’t be afraid to make some serious sawdust!

-- I remember when Grateful wasn't Dead

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