|Forum topic by DrewM||posted 06-08-2012 01:22 AM||10832 views||0 times favorited||35 replies|
06-08-2012 01:22 AM
I finally had the opportunity to get a bandsaw for my shop and after lots of research I decided on the G0555LX. This saw has some extra features from the other saws in the G0555 series which are cast iron wheels, rack and pinon upper blade guide adjustment, and a T-square style fence. From the reviews I have read the other 14” grizzly saws are hard to beat for the price so I figured this new saw was a safe bet. Plus with the introductory price I couldn’t resist. I also ordered the mobile base recommended by grizzly for this saw.
The mobile base shipped via UPS and arrived a few days ahead of the saw itself which gave me a chance to assemble it. I forgot to take pictures of the base during assembly but it can be seen later in the post fully assembled. The base itself is pretty good, its very sturdy and decently made. I had to run a tap through the threads for both wheel locks and a few of the mounting holes for the casters needed minor file work for the bolts to fit correctly. Overall I find it to be a good base, but I may try another brand for my next.
The saw arrived via freight in two boxes one for the stand and one for the saw. I opted for lift gate service and the delivery man was very helpful in moving the shipment into my garage, hats off to NewPenn freight.
(sorry if the pictures don’t display well, I’ve had some issues correctly resizing them)
The stand and saw were very well packaged except for the area near the back of the motor of the saw. On mine I found the grille for the fan slightly bent and contacting the cooling fan. Not a huge deal and only took some minor bending to correct. All other parts were perfect. The manual for the saw is buried at the bottom of the box containing the saw, I found this slightly annoying since I like to peak and the manual before removing things from packaging.
Assembling the base was pretty simple and only required basic hand tools to accomplish. The stand fits well in the mobile base. The powder coat finish of the base is very nice looking and seems pretty tough. Fully assembled I found it to be extremely sturdy and well built, I think it would easily hold twice the weight of the saw with zero issues. A+ to grizzly on this one.
Assembly of the saw was very straight forward and the directions are clearly written. I recommend having an assistant help you place the saw up on to the stand. Its pretty heavy and awkward to carry. I checked wheel alignment on my saw and out of the box it was within 0.005” of being parallel and coplanar…good enough for me. The cast iron top ships heavily coated with cosmoline but was easy to clean up with some wd-40 and rags. Attaching the top and trunnion assembly and squaring it to the blade is very simple and outlined well in the manual. I found the table to be well machined and perfectly flat. The fence is also easy to install and adjust. It moves very nicely along the table and the tape readings are easy to see through the magnified lens on the fence. The instructions cover all your needs for using and adjusting all parts of the saw. Its nice to read a well written manual for once, thanks grizzly.
Overall my first impressions of this saw are very high, the fit and finish is superb and the design was well thought out. I find the saw easy to use and the rack and pinon upper blade guide makes adjustment very quick and easy to do. The saw runs extremely smooth and quiet and has no vibration at all. Blade removal and installation is slightly difficult due to the length of the front fence rail to the left side of the table. It gets in the way when the doors are open, but once you get the idea it isn’t all that hard to do. Having a quick release for the blade tension is also a nice feature. The 3/8” blade shipped with the saw isn’t that great and leaves a pretty rough finish on just about anything ran through it. I expected this, however I’m going to stick with it since I plan on getting a riser kit as soon as grizzly makes them available to take advantage of resawing boards wider then 6”. Dust collection is ok at best, this saw lacks an under table dust port. Upgrading that area is high on my list of things to do. To prolong tire life I plan to install wheel brushes soon. As of now I’m very happy with the saw, after a few months of use I will post an official review of it in the LJ review section.
-- Drew, Delaware