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mathguy1981

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09-12-2018 06:24 PM

Does anyone have this saw and can give a recommendation?
The $100/off does see appealing for a saw with this kind of power and cutting height.
http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Bandsaw-Anniversary-Edition/G0513ANV


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AHuxley

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#1 posted 09-12-2018 07:05 PM

It really isn’t a bad saw but it is really stripped down. If you consider what you get in terms of wheels, trunnions, guides and the fence IMO the 513X2 is a better deal even not on sale.

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mathguy1981

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#2 posted 09-12-2018 07:15 PM



It really isn t a bad saw but it is really stripped down. If you consider what you get in terms of wheels, trunnions, guides and the fence IMO the 513X2 is a better deal even not on sale.

- AHuxley

Yeah I was looking at that one too…basically the same saw just all cast iron.

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AHuxley

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#3 posted 09-12-2018 07:29 PM


It really isn t a bad saw but it is really stripped down. If you consider what you get in terms of wheels, trunnions, guides and the fence IMO the 513X2 is a better deal even not on sale.

- AHuxley

Yeah I was looking at that one too…basically the same saw just all cast iron.

- mathguy1981

They share a good deal but the 513X2 has CI trunnions and wheels along with a larger table, a CI fence instead of aluminum and includes the resaw extrusion and has better guides (the guides on the 513/513ANV are the worst attempt at Euro guides I have seen on a saw.

If you are looking at the 513X2 you should also consider the Rikon 10-342 which I think is a better saw and price about the same when it is on sae, which is regularly.

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mathguy1981

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#4 posted 09-12-2018 07:34 PM

Thanks! I’ll keep an eye out for the Rikon. Looks very nice.

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Jared_S

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#5 posted 09-13-2018 07:17 PM

I started looking at the 513anv and ended up with the g0531/w1770. It’s a slippery slope upwards as each upgrade seems to get you a lot more capability /capacity for not a lot of money.

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#6 posted 09-13-2018 08:08 PM

I started out looking at this, and ended up buying the G0513X2 – same saw, with a couple upgrades: It has cast iron wheels and some other features I don’t recall.
WOrth the one-time investment to get the only bandsaw you’ll need.
I have cut all kinds of things on it, from curved rails for fancy beds, to trash-can lids, to milling 11”-diameter logs into lumber (LOTS of that).
Getting a bandsaw changes your woodworking game!

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#7 posted 09-13-2018 08:32 PM

... If you are looking at the 513X2 you should also consider the Rikon 10-342 which I think is a better saw and price about the same when it is on sae, which is regularly.
- Huxley

I agree fully with the Rikon option. But to be clear, I have not run a Grizzly. From use in my own shop, I only know the Rikon is a fine piece of equipment.

Nobody I know or have met has ordered anything from Grizzly, in fact, so to me they are somewhat mythical machines. Seems a lot of people like to be able to see and touch before the purchase. Still, almost anything Gizz sells seems to get great reviews.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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AZWoody

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#8 posted 09-13-2018 09:28 PM

I had it and it worked great for what i used it for. I used it to cut blocks of mesquite and eucalyptus which is harder than what most people encounter and i never got it to bog down.

I would still have it today if I didn’t come across a Tannewitz 36” bandsaw for a steal. I sold mine to a fellow lumberjock who still is using it.

It doesn’t have the bells and whistles but I never had issues with it.

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Jack Lewis

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#9 posted 09-13-2018 10:43 PM

I passed on the Anv. model even before the sale. I got the top o’ line 17: with the brake and love it to death. Started making my own veneer with it and it sure saves wood vice the table saw (my old way). The wheels are iron. the guides are truer and the whole unit is smooth. Compared, the Anv. model is a “CHEAP” knock off.

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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Rayne

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#10 posted 09-13-2018 10:51 PM

I just saw a notice today that Rikon is getting ready to increase the prices of all their tools due to the tariffs. Didn’t see when they’ll start, but it is something to consider.

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#11 posted 09-13-2018 11:19 PM

I’ll second the positive comments for the Grizzly 513X2. I’ve had it for nearly three years now and it continues to impress. Great for resawing and with the Carter Stabilizer assembly and a 1/4 inch blade it’s like a giant scroll saw.
The saw is a very good value, you would not regret the purchase.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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AHuxley

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#12 posted 09-13-2018 11:35 PM


I got the top o line 17: with the brake and love it to death.

- Jack Lewis

I assume you got the G0636X, which is a fine saw, that and the Powermatics (15” and larger) are the closest Asian saws to the Centauro built Minimax saws. The G0636 and G0701 are a HUGE step up from the 513/514 series you don’t see many of them in the wild though.

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jimintx

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#13 posted 09-14-2018 11:34 PM

If tariffs push up prices for machines made in China, you’d expect that the increase would be seen for all brands selling equipment made there.

If any company raises prices due to tariffs on their imported machines, and then the tariff situation gets resolved and the rates go back down, would the companies lower their prices back down? I doubt it.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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AHuxley

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#14 posted 09-15-2018 12:54 AM



If tariffs push up prices for machines made in China, you d expect that the increase would be seen for all brands selling equipment made there.

If any company raises prices due to tariffs on their imported machines, and then the tariff situation gets resolved and the rates go back down, would the companies lower their prices back down? I doubt it.

- jimintx

You are seeing more of the prices go up on Chinese machines as time goes on. Besides Grizzly which went up out of the gate I think many of the companies were trying to hold prices as long as possible.

If the new sales volume post tariff is high enough to provide the company with more profit if they keep the prices up then they will keep the prices up. If the lower sales numbers (one would assume) don’t match profit levels at the lower price/higher volume levels then they will drop down.

Powermatic and Jet have fewer Chinese machines so they are a little better positioned. Grizzly immediately made orders for Taiwanese machines and planers from GeeTech (as an example) are already online, I think due in October.

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