|Forum topic by Thrakintosh||posted 02-20-2012 01:14 AM||9047 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
02-20-2012 01:14 AM
I’m begging some assistance.
I’ve owned a Grizzly 0555 band saw (with riser block) for 8 years and well, I’m just about ready to kick it to the curb. In the time that I’ve owned it it has never worked right. By “right” I mean predictably, accurately (oof!) and reliably. Reading around on the forums there seems to be plenty of satisfied owners so I’m left thinking that it is the saw, the user or both. I’m turning here for advice.
I’ll start with the bearings and guides… should these need to be adjusted every time I move the guide post? There’s so much “slop” in the bearing guides and table trunion supports that I can’t see how this tool can be set up properly and try as I might the blade drifts. I’ve tried low tension – high tension – every tensioning technique – to no avail. During use the table vibrates (a bit – but a bit enough) and the sound of the bearings grinding away is unnerving. I set the bearing guides according to the manual but when the saw is powered up all bets are off – the position of the blade changes so that the guide settings when the blade is stationary are all but useless. I’ve tried setting the table square to the blade but the moment I apply that bit of extra torque needed to secure things the squareness goes away. Oh, and I cannot get the upper and lower wheels coplanar and keep the blade tracking.
In the time that I’ve owned it I’ve made a few “upgrades” with the idea that some add-on would be a silver bullet. I’ve added a Carter spring, a Kreg BS fence and a 1/2” HH woodslicer is my blade of choice (I have dreams of resawing).
I’ve tried over and over – hours of time – to get this particular tool performing well. Oh, before you ask “why’d you wait 8 years???”... I don’t get to the shop every weekend and I took some time away from woodworking a while back after my daughter was born. In the past two years I’ve returned to the shop with a vengeance. Over the years I’ve tried two other blades (the same HH WS) and have had several conversations with Grizzly TS. Nada.
So, can anyone offer some sage advice or should I sell the beast and move on to a better saw? I’m at the point where I’m willing to pay someone who is knowledgable to come to my shop and try their hand at it. If I’m making a mistake I’d be the first one to sigh a sigh of relief and learn from my errs.
-- Adam - Red Hook, NY