Considering purchase of an older Grizzly bandsaw

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Forum topic by KevinH posted 03-25-2012 06:02 PM 2435 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2012 06:02 PM

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Someone local is offering what is described as a Grizzly 18 inch bandsaw from the late 1980s. The listing says it works fine, but is large and very heavy. The 2HP motor is wired for 220, but can be converted to 110. I am considering this saw for my first bandsaw. From the photos, it appears to have a heavy cast iron frame.

Are these older Grizzly’s decent saws? What should I be watching out for?

Thank you for your suggestions.


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#1 posted 03-25-2012 11:45 PM

I’ve got a 16 in Grizzly bandsaw I purchased in about 1994. The only thing not heavy cast iron on it are the wheel covers and they’re thick metal.

I’ve got a friend that has a Grizzly 18 inch bandsaw he purchased a few years before I purchased my 16 inch. His saw looks just like mine but much bigger. It saws much better than my saw and he’s never had any problems with it that I know of. I think he paid about $650.00 for it new.

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