Finally pulled the trigger on a large bandsaw

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Forum topic by Tennessee posted 06-26-2012 06:35 PM 2773 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-26-2012 06:35 PM

Well, after weeks and weeks of reading reviews, both here and many other places, and talking to a couple local owners, I pulled the trigger today on a Grizzly G0513X2BF bandsaw, and a variety of Timberwolf blades to get me started. Grizzly told me the saw is backordered, but on the water as we used to say about imports, and the container is due in their Missouri warehouse on July 5th. They need a week to unpack the container, do whatever they do with the saw, get it on a truck, and deliver it to my day job where we have a forklift to put it on a trailer so I can take it home to my long, off-street driveway. With any luck I should be cutting wood by July 15th.

I bought this saw for two main reasons: One was to tackle larger bandsaw boxes shaped like musical instruments, which I already have one dealer waiting for stock in guitar shaped jewelry boxes. He also wants boxes that look like little amps that hold things players would normally have bouncing around a recording room, like picks, jacks, mics, lots of stuff. So I’ll probably be knocking off Marshall and Fender amps in miniature. The other reason was to be able to resaw curly stock to cap my guitars with flame and curly. I currently have to put on any curly in three pieces, which looks improper. Or I can plane down a wide plank, which is a total waste. The 4/4 X 10” X 8’ long piece of curly cherry I just found today at my local hardwood dealer will make many tops, and look great. Don’t see much curly cherry.
I took many references on this site to heart, I trust you guys and I think I made the right decision. I know there are a lot of Powermatic, Rikon and Laguna fans out there, but the success of my Grizzly planer also was a factor, as well as their CS. I do have a great Powermatic 3520 lathe, but the comparable Powermatic saw was too much money.
The main reason I went with the magnetic brake is I am 63 this month, have a bad back, and holding down a foot pedal multiple times to stop a blade mechanically while making intricate bandsaw boxes did not appeal to me. I just want to push once quickly and be done. Hence the electric brake.
This kind of completes my shop, save that I will need a new table saw in a year or two. I’m still pushing a Ryobi BT3000 to it’s limits, now in it’s 12th year. That will be the last major item. I took a good look at a G1023 with the table extension in a shop I visited today, pretty nice saw, especially with the extension table. The shop also produces guitars, and they have no complaints. As a fact, it powers through 8/4 exotics regularly, like African mahogany, Zebrawood, Wenge and Purpleheart, making all the blanks for their CNC machine.
We’ll see! My second green and white machine!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 06:39 PM

Congrats! I keep finding excuses not to get a bandsaw. I really need to just get one.


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#2 posted 06-27-2012 03:01 AM

Electric brake stops the blade in 3 seconds ! Sweet !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 03:05 AM

Congratulations! I’ve got a big one too but I’m not sure my motor is adequate. Have fun with your new machine!

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

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 03:08 AM

wooohoo! You will love it. I have a grizz bandsaw and it is fantastic. Can’t say enough wonderful things about it. It is worth the wait.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 05:42 AM

You made a good choice with the brake, although I much prefer a good foot brake to a motor brake on a bandsaw the Grizzly foot brakes are enemic compared to the good ones, which you can stop 100lbs of wheel momentum with your finger much quicker than a motor brake.

The 513 series is really some of the best value in BS period, along with the 514 series, unless you want to spend over 2K they really shine.

When you get the TM blades in run them all and visually check the welds very closely, Suffolk isn’t the best when it comes to weld QC. Also understand the characteristics of high silicon blades, they will initially be very sharp but dull much quicker than carbon blades so don’t think you got a bad batch.

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Joseph Jossem

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 06:47 AM

I have been amazed at theyre new tools good choice.

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 06-27-2012 04:08 PM

I also need to upgrade to a bigger saw. I have a 14” Delta that limits me to 6” cuts. I hate to cut up wide wood to use it. I just had to use a sawzall long blade to finish a cut after scoring on 4 sides with the table saw. I have a friend with a Grizzley, but since he needs a new blade, it is hard to tell how well it cuts!! Thanks for the info. Being 63 myself, the electric brake sounds interesting. good luck with your bandsaw boxes and be sure to share some photos.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 06-27-2012 05:52 PM

Photos of it cutting that nice piece of 10” wide curly cherry I just bought yesterday to resaw!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 07:13 PM

Congratulations on your new green and white machine! Stay safe. Posting photos of your work would be nice, too.

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