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Forum topic by Brian024 posted 07-15-2011 12:41 AM 5726 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2011 12:41 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Now that I have been able to build up some extra money for the business I plan on purchasing my next “big” tool. I’ve narrowed it down to a bandsaw after deliberating between it, lathe, or a drum sander. After some countless hours of research, I’m in favor of leaning towards a Grizzly G0555, I like the price and the reviews are positive. I like the price of the Polar Bear, $50 less than the regular Grizzly saw, but am wondering if they are truly the same saw as the website claims. Is the Green and Silver paint really $50 more and the only difference? I also plan on getting the riser block kit to increase the re saw capacity to 12”.


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#1 posted 07-15-2011 12:56 AM

I don’t know the rhyme or reason for the difference in price but I’ve seen it stated numerous times that the only difference is the color of the metal.

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 01:18 AM

There are two very slight differences….

1. The G0555 has an overall width of 28” while the G0555P has an overall width of 26 3/8”.
2. The G0555 has a motor with 11amps at 110V, 5.5 at 220V while the G0555P has a motor with 10 amps at 110 and 5amps at 220v.

Those are the only differences besides the obvious white paint.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 07-15-2011 02:17 AM

I have the G0555P, If did it again I would get the G0555. Not because of the motor amp but because white is the hardest to clean >_>

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#4 posted 07-15-2011 02:30 AM

On another forum Shiraz (owner of Grizz) stated several times that the only difference is the white paint. The minor differences Eric points out are interesting. Wonder if it’s just a difference in the way they measured or listed one model vs. the other or whether there’s an actual spec difference.

I have the G0555, but if I were buying today, I’d go with the P to save a few bucks. That $50 buys you the riser or a mobile base.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#5 posted 07-15-2011 02:50 AM

Those differences I stated were just from the specs listed on the website, not sure if they are accurate. I love my G0555 though.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 07-15-2011 03:25 AM

I say forget both of grizzly bansdsaw and spend another $100 for a shop fox bandsaw.

For $600 you can get 1 1/2 HP and cast iron wheels.

http://www.amazon.com/Shop-Fox-W1706-14-Inch-Bandsaw/dp/B000J14IB2

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#7 posted 07-15-2011 03:26 AM

I thought shop fox stuff got pretty bad reviews….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#8 posted 07-15-2011 03:28 AM

I haven’t heard any problem with their band saws.

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#9 posted 07-15-2011 03:30 AM

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#10 posted 07-15-2011 03:48 AM

I would go with the brand that pioneered the 14” bandsaw. DELTA Machinery…. I have one and its a trooper. Delta has two 14” bandsaw models out. The 28-206 which has a closed stand with 1 hp motor, and the 28-276 open stand and 3/4 motor.(Don’t know if they still make this model).

Here are links…

http://www.deltamachinery.com/products/band-saws/item/28-206?category_id=47

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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#11 posted 07-15-2011 05:10 AM

If you can swing it you should step up to the heavy duty/Extreme series 17” if you plan to resaw any larger pieces. I have this saw and it has several advantages over the 14”: cast iron trunions, cast iron wheels, can use 1” blades, larger table top, more HP, comes with resaw fence, etc, etc. I dont want to buy a tool and then have to upgrade a few years later because I tried to save a few bucks. Just my humble opinion based on experience. The 17” has 12” resaw capacity without adding a riser block. Add up all the options you may need and then compare price.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 07-15-2011 05:16 PM

I looked at the 17” Grizzley (Polar Bear) when I drove out there to buy a band saw last year. I had the budget for it. It is definitely more saw than the 555. And that’s the problem. It’s a monster. I really wanted it but the rational part of my brain in cahoots with my lower back absolutely refused to go with it.

The claim that Grizzley makes about the Polar Bear series is that they made a deal with the factory to commit to a larger order in exchange for a lower price. To quote the old Robert Klein furniture store routine (“I don’t care if you are currently in prison, I can get you financing!”):

“We lose money on every one! How do we do it? <pause> Volume!”

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#13 posted 07-16-2011 12:33 AM

I have a terrible lower back [lumbar scoliosis] and I get along fine with mine. Just trying to help!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 07-16-2011 05:58 AM

Thanks for the input guys. I was originally looking at the 17” but came to the conclusion that I once I get out of my current cramped shop space, that I would buy at larger band saw. Right now, trying to fit that, then having to move it in 2 or 3 years, into a different shop space might be more then what I want to try. I know the 17” would be better for re-sawing, but I’m more concerned on being able to cut curves right now, then being able to re saw really thick boards.

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