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02-12-2012 07:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I have one of the many Delta clone bandsaws. My local woodcraft has a riser block kit for a Grizzly bandsaw on clearance for CHEAP, so cheap that I though of trying it out.

Now, I know all the cons about putting a riser block on a saw, so no need to go into them here. I just want to know if anybody has any idea how likely it is to fit. Are Grizzly says based on the same old Delta design like so many saws are?

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#1 posted 02-12-2012 09:22 PM

probably

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#2 posted 02-12-2012 10:22 PM

I don’t know if they are the same as the old Delta’s. The only thing tha I would do is take a detailed measurments that you would need to know of the pieces and go from there.

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#3 posted 02-12-2012 10:47 PM

IIRC there are metal dowel-like stubs that help align the parts together…

Do you know what model of Grizzly they’re talking about? The G0555 or what?

If they do not match your BS, I think you could work around it…

The Key would be can they be bolted together?

If you bought one, could you sell it if it didn’t work out?
... if so, go for it & find out…
... if not, That is The Question…

Good Luck…

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#4 posted 02-12-2012 10:54 PM

Stumpy … Might want to check out Matt’s Basement Workshop ( http://mattsbasementworkshop.com/ ). He just posted ’Bandsaw riser block – hindsight’. He’s not dealing with Delta or Grizzly, but this might be helpful.

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#5 posted 02-12-2012 11:24 PM

Stumpy, don’t waste your time on the MBW video….summary of 8.11 minute video = don’t install the riser unless you plan on resawing more than the present capacity of your BS…..DUH !!
The rest of the 8 minutes of the video involves his thoughts about “possible” insufficient blade tensioning , which has nothing to do with adding the riser block at all. I have a riser block on my JET 14” BS and have no problems at all with blade tension.

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#6 posted 02-12-2012 11:30 PM

Well, I wasn’t going to get into it here, but maybe we should talk about it a bit. Is a riser block good or bad.

I need more resaw space. A lot more. I am designing my own wooden bandsaw, but in the meantime I saw a riser kit at woodcraft for $50 and thought, why not?

But I have heard that there can be problems with them. For one thing, it makes the frame flex more, which reduces your ability to tension the blade properly. Is that true?

I’ve heard that there is no point because 14” saws are not made for resawing. The upper wheel mount (which I already broke once) is not strong enough to tension a 3/4” blade. And the motor (standard 3/4hp) is not strong enough to cut through 12” of hardwood.

What has been everybody else’s experience?

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#7 posted 02-12-2012 11:32 PM

My thought was that these riser blocks are little more than a piece of iron with a hole in it, right? The benefit of buying the kit is you also get the longer blade guards and guide pole.

If I am right, then any block should work with just about any saw. Or am I missing something?

Joe- As for reselling it, I suppose that could be an option. I can’t return int since it is a clearance item. But maybe I could resell it if it doesn’t work.

But do I even want one in the first place?

Dane- I watched it, and while it could indeed have been summed up with the simple phrase “he doesn;t like his”, I though it worth watching because it introduced me to a new podcast!

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#8 posted 02-12-2012 11:45 PM

Yes , Stumpy , you get saw specific guards and guide pole with the block and bolt(s).
Again , I’ve had no problems with blade tension on my JET BS.
As long as you use the correct toothed blade and feed rate for what you’re sawing , you should have no problem with the 3/4 HP motor.
I’ve had just as good cuts with a 1/2” blade as a 3/4” on my saw.
If your saw states that it accepts 3/4” blades , then the wheel should hold up to it.

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 01:56 AM

Stumpy – Yes, the Grizzly will fit the Delta. All you gotta do is pull the pins out of the Grizzly, drill the Grizzly to meet the pins in the Delta. Worked for me. Besides – the Grizzly is a WHOLE LOT CHEAPER that the Delta.

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