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07-05-2012 02:04 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly bandsaw bandsaw

After reading through several reviews here and elsewhere, I am considering the Grizzly G0555 14 inch bandsaw. But now I noticed that they have a new (slightly redesigned, upgraded) version the G0555LX. They have an introductory price that makes it less than the original. Does anyone have any experience or know about the new and improved version?

-- LarryBinNC


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DrDirt

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 02:32 PM

Larry -
I think the biggest attractive feature of the LX model is the so called “Rack and Pinion” guide adjustment.

I have the delta 14 inch – and a ‘problem’ is that when you adjust the guide – there is some twisting with the post.
That creates the issue that where you had good alignment when the post was 1 inch above the table, the blade guides are (might be) misaligned when you are 8 inches above the table.

The LX design will be a knob that you turn and the guide moves up and down. that SHOULD be more precise.

Grizzly makes a good bandsaw if I were starting again – I would definitely get the riser block – since it is a real bummer when you get the riser block a year later, and all those nice resaw blades you bought at 93 1/2 inches are useless. But I don’t know what you will do with it. But if you will resaw, or cut anything tall – get the riser kit day 1 and set up your saw one time.

just my 2cents

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 02:53 PM

Grizzly saws are good! Be sure to choose the right model that would work best for your job. Try to read reviews of such model of Grizzly saw and see other people’s opinions about it. If you have read some reviews already, you may visit bandsawreviews.com for more.

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 05:43 PM

I have a g0555 and i dont know about alot of there other machinery but i owned a delta and that was a good bandsaw but a friend said he would buy it from me so i sold it and bought the grizzly. This bandsaw is flawess and since i bought it my table saw does a lot more sitting because this saw cuts perfect straight cuts. Even when i forget to tighten the blade tensioner it cuts perfect. If you are going to purchase a bandsaw this is a great buy. Me i just put a resaw blade on it and leave it like that all the time. I would recommend buying a small bandsaw or scrollsaw for small stuff where you are doing curves. I just looked on craigslist for these and got a small delta bandsaw and scrollsaw for under 100 bucks and they work excellent. Also be sure to get the riser block because if you dont you will regret it. I do a lot of resawing fresh cut lumber with my grizzly and that is alot of fun making things .

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 05:54 PM

I’ve got the G0555P and it’s a great machine. I’d by that new version in a second! Cast Iron wheels, Rack & Pinion post adjustment, and that fence looks to be a nice upgrade to the one on the older G0555’s

Good luck to you!

-- Paul Lyons

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 06:27 PM

I just purchased the Griz GO555p…..... I had some 10×12 cedar beams that needed a corbel cut on the end of them. So instead of getting the 5k saw designed for that type of cut I ordered the Griz with the riser block. having a Laguna 16hd bandsaw I did not expect to much out of the Griz. Well I am very surprised and the corbels came out great. The riser block install went well. Everything lined up perfect. Stuck a new Timber Wolf blade and went to work. For the Money it is a darn good saw. Truely impressed. Pretty White Paint…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 06:31 PM

+1 on the riser from day one. I have the 0555 and the LX appears to be a solid improvement.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 06:51 PM

I have the LX and love it. The riser won ‘t be available for a bit (Grizz can tell ya). It is a GOOD 14” BS. I’d buy it again. Get on it!!!
Bill

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 07:13 PM

The LX is probably the best buy in cast iron 14” Delta clones currently. The only issue is the undetermined wait for a riser, if that is important to you.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 08:07 PM

I have a GO555X and love it. I would suggest if you buy one, go thru the setup completely the first time and you won’t be disappointed.

-- Life is good.

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 08:58 PM

Have had one 5 yrs hirise on it first day , One great saw, Just get the good bands for it, you will be glad you did .

-- In His service ,Richard

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 10:40 PM

I have the LX and it is above and my beyond my favourite saw I’ve ever touched.

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#12 posted 07-06-2012 01:39 AM

I have a 555P. I agree, get the riser block from day one, but don’t use the supplied blade, it’s worse than can be imagined. I actually thought the saw was defective. A Woodslicer blade transformed the saw.

Hard to wrong with a 555.

Having said that, I was reading the long-running thread on bandsaws and I think that I’m going to try resawing with a smaller blade to try to get more blade tension. I have a 3/4” and I’m going to try a 3/8” or 1/2” and see what happens.

-- Altruism is, ultimately, self-serving

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#13 posted 07-06-2012 02:53 AM

@bunkie I think the LX risers are not in stock yet so he may have to use the LX for a while sans riser.

In regards to the resaw blade are you using one of the thin gauge blades like the Highland Woodslicer? If not that type of blade is really perfect on the small saws. 1/2” in .022 gauge Woodslicer, Bladerunner or Kerfmaster (the latter two are the same stock just cheaper at Iturra and Spectrum Supply).

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#14 posted 07-06-2012 03:51 AM

Also have the lx and am pretty pleased. Could be happier but it meets my needs

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AHuxley

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#15 posted 07-06-2012 04:55 AM

@Iggles88 What changes in the LX would make you happier.

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