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Forum topic by Scomel Basses posted 12-16-2012 06:37 PM 1311 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scomel Basses

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12-16-2012 06:37 PM

I currently have a Grizzly 555LX that I like very much. I generally never resaw 5” and this saw does it with ease, much better than an old Delta I used to have. Occasionally I may have a need to resaw 7-8” boards and will need the riser kit. However I’ve heard some folks dislike riser kits on 14” saws because they feel the frame isn’t up to the task of the extra tension the longer/wider blade requires. Anyone have any experience with this saw or have opinions in general about riser kits?

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 07:32 PM

I have the riser on my 14” Jet and there haven’t been any issues to my knowledge. I use a 1/2” blade for resawing and have cut maple, oak, walnut, bubinga, purpleheart. I always release the tension when I am not using the machine.

-- Art

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 08:15 PM

Ditto A&C’s statement with my JET 14”bs…I replaced my original tension spring with one made by Carter , and changed the tension adjuster knob to a crank style handle to make it easier to relieve the tension when I finish cutting with the bs.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 08:40 PM

Don’t have a riser on my 0555LX, but I’ll betcha that with the riser and the good blades, ya won’t have any probs.
I will eagerly follow your posts after you have done the install.
Just don’t expect great results with a huge blade on a 14” saw. I use 1/2” blades with good results.
I did some 5” resaw on a 10” shopsmith using a 1/2” 3tpi blade. Took some slow feed, but it worked.


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Scomel Basses

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#4 posted 12-16-2012 08:59 PM

Thanks for the replies so far. My other concern is possible wheel alignment issues. Generally I know this can be an easy fix but not always. My saw is set-up perfect right now, the wheels are in perfect alignment, or as close as I can get them, and the saw just cuts beautifully. When I resaw now I free hand without a fence most of the time using a scribed line.

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#5 posted 12-16-2012 10:23 PM

according to the guys at carter, wheel coplanarity is an unnecessary waste of time that has no impact on band saw performnce.

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Scomel Basses

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#6 posted 12-16-2012 10:32 PM

Really? It seems like it would cause a good bit of vibration and blade instability. They definitely know better than me.

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 12:09 AM

Even if you don’t resaw really wide boards, the riser kit is nice to have because sometimes you need to make a cut on something that would otherwise bang into the upper blade guides area, i.e.. you have a much larger vertical clearance with the riser block on the saw. Most of the 14” saws won’t tension wide blades anyhow and even then they are usually underpowered for such a task.

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 12:17 AM

I have had a GO555 for a few years now and put the riser on it when I first got it. I only use this band saw for resawing. I resaw a lot of 8” cedar and 6 1/2”oak. I use a 1/2 ” woodslicer blade. This set up works great!

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 12:26 AM

I can get up to 8” resaw on my G0555 without a riser.

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 02:44 AM

No blade guides ?? Wow !

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 01:33 PM

A riser block brings my resawing capacity to a new level.

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 03:55 PM

No troubles at all to 14” band saw with riser kits. With just the right blade, you’ll be fine.

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 04:29 PM

I like the way you set up your fence and featherboard Alan. And IMO, resawing 8in lumber is really all you need, that is unless you have a 12in or larger jointer IMO. And besides, just how many projects call for single boards wider than 7-8in anyway? On wider needs, I prefer a glueup of at least 2 boards, and I prefer 3 or 5 boards, in order to coordinate grain patterns, direction, and to minimize later warping. Just my 2-cents…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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