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Forum topic by Chipy posted 09-13-2011 10:14 PM 1829 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 10:14 PM

I usually don’t like to flaunt new tools but I have waited for years to upgrade my shop.Thees two tools really finish out my shop nicely.Working in a cabinet shop on a 3hp Delta Uni-saw and then coming home to my 1-3/4 hp contractors saw draws a stark contrast. I like to incorporate plywood and veneer and solid hard wood when ever I can to cut down on cost and my contractors saw served me well but this long table saw and out feed roller will make cutting up a 4”x8’ a breeze!
This is my first and last band saw, is the way I looked at it when I placed my order.I didn’t want to say later, “I wish I bought a bigger saw”The GO 513X2

is a 17” 2hp saw.It came with…cast iron trunnion,re-saw fence,ball baring guides,huge table and cast iron wheels.The Table saw is Grizzly’s GO 691 3 hp cabinet saw.I had the same mindset when picking out my table saw.I wanted power and size.I will write a review on both machines when I have had a chance to put them through their paces besides it is so hot here in Florida right now and I am dripping sweat all over the cast iron tables while assembly and waxing them up!

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 10:29 PM

Good for you, we all wait and save and save to have such nice machinery. Im sure that you deserve it … gloat on brother!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 11:54 PM

Great looking machines. I personally like tool gloats. Let us know how they work. Seems like grizzly offers a lot of bang for the buck.

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 01:18 AM

Congrats on your new equipment.
I’m interested in a review of the 691. That’s the saw I have been eyeballing. Sure is slick looking.

-- Life is good.

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 01:31 AM

Sweeeeet! I’m Grizzly green with envy!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-14-2011 01:32 AM

Great to see you pleased with your new tools!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#6 posted 09-14-2011 02:08 AM

Okay, I’m confused. Is it a gloat when you get new tools…or when you get new tools at an outrageous price???

Regardless, I think I’d be gloating too, Chipy!

-- jay,

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#7 posted 09-14-2011 04:16 AM

You will love that bandsaw! I have the same one and have never regretted buying it. I added a Carter Stabilizer and really like it for intricate cut using 1/4” and 1/8” blades. It also plows through 12” Hedge logs with a 1” TW blade. That versatility is what amazes me.

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

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#8 posted 09-14-2011 05:15 AM

Nice bandsaw…...

WE have a 20” Grizz BS here….one thing that will really help is to rig up an air blast to help clear swarf when resawing.I mounted a mini regulator to side of BS… has a QD that attatches to “shop air”,hose.By having the regulator on saw we don’t have to dink with main.Shoot a flex hose/nozzle right at the top of cut,blowing straight down.Attatch this nozzle to the blade guide….it’ll go up and down when adj the gaurd.10# or so of air makes a tremendous assist when resawing.Oh yeah,spend some quality time on dust collection,it too makes a big diff when resawing.636

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#9 posted 09-14-2011 07:44 AM

Looks good from here. Congrats!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 08:25 AM

Congrats, you have every the perfect opportunity for a little gloat! Those are some serious machines! Enjoy, now go make some sawdust!!!!!

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 01:44 PM

You know, this is what we get for all the days we got up and didn’t want to go to work, but did it anyway. I don’t think anything compares to the feeling of getting what we have dreamed about. Enjoy


-- Stay busy....Stay young

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#12 posted 09-14-2011 03:44 PM

Those look great Chipy. You will have fun using them for sure…congrats on the new equipment.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 09-14-2011 03:48 PM

Wow. nice buy. Did you go all Grizzly for a reason? No complaints here just asking.

-- Anthony

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#14 posted 09-14-2011 05:09 PM

woodzy yes Grizzly was the right choice for me! As much as I would have liked to buy a Delta Uni-saw or a Powermatic pm 2000 I bought The Table saw (3hp 50” fence)the band saw(17”2hp cast iron trunnion,cast iron wheels,re-saw fence,HTC Roller out feed table and heavey duty mobile bases for both machines all this for the cost of the Delta.If I bought a Powermatic I would have been able to throw in a mortise machine for its cost.So far I am more than pleased at the quality as well!

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#15 posted 09-14-2011 05:12 PM

Nice!!!! No shame in a gloat. None at all. It probably makes you happy to look at the pictures from wherever you are right now. Brings you where you like to be for a moment or so. That’s why I post so many pictures;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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