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Forum topic by SteveInVa posted 01-17-2013 09:23 AM 1604 views 0 times favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2013 09:23 AM


I am fairly new to woodworking and beginning to build a shop in my basement as a hobby but aspire to make some quality pieces (I built some oak radiator cabinets and a bookcase this summer along with trim molding but now want to be able to mill my own wood at home rather than rely on the lumberyard). I have been accumulating some equipment off craigslist and came across this Grizzly band saw, and ask if those of you with experience have a recommendation. It’s about a two hour drive for me to get it. It comes with only one blade, unclear whether it has a riser kit, and owner claims he used it only a couple of times, having bought it about 12 years ago (is this the G1019??) but his energies got diverted elsewhere. Is $395 too much to pay? Anything in particular that I should be looking for or watching out for? Having bought a Powermatic Artisan 63 table saw a month ago without a lot of research (which has turned into a mighty struggle to get tuned), I am trying to do a little advance research before pulling the trigger on this next item.

Here’s the link

Thanks for your help.


-- Steve

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 09:40 AM

That saw is sort of a copy of the General 15” saw
which is a really fine saw. I think the Grizzly
version is a 16” saw.

... also similar to a Powermatic 141.

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#2 posted 01-17-2013 09:52 AM

I’m not familar with that particular BS, but I wouldn’t pay $395 if it were 2 minutes away from my house, much less 2 hours. You can get a brand new Porter Cable band saw at Lowes for $400. The new Craftsman 14” looks pretty nice and is also around $400.

I occasionally see better deals in the Winchester and Charlottesville CL. I frequently see better deals in the Washington CL.
Here is a listing you might find helpful. NICE Grizzly G0555 for $350. Near Leesburg, VA

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#3 posted 01-17-2013 11:48 AM

Thanks Loren and Tedstor. I’ve already put in a query on the G0555, which I spotted last night. We’ll see.

Since the seller of the one I posted did not tell me the model number, it’s hard to know what it is and whether it is a copy of the General 15”. I hate to drive 2 hours with incomplete information.

-- Steve

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#4 posted 01-17-2013 03:40 PM

I hate to drive 2 hours with incomplete information.

never travel a distance of any magnitude unless all your questions about the machine are answered and all negotiations about price have been completed. otherwise, the leverage rests with the seller. also, that saw isn’t worth $395. more like $200-250, at most, even with the mobile base. just my $.02.

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Bill White

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#5 posted 01-17-2013 03:54 PM

The G0555 is a very good saw for the money. I bought a new G0555LX with which I’m very pleased.
Run away from the Porter Cable and Craftsman new stuff.


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#6 posted 01-17-2013 04:11 PM

I just checked the Grizzly web site and they are advertising a G0555” bandsaw with the delivered price of $624. I would not pay this much for a used and older saw.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#7 posted 01-17-2013 04:32 PM

Thanks for the additional advice. The Grizzly G0555 that Tedstor referenced went like a hot cake, and is no longer available. Consensus seems to suggest that I can do a lot better than the one I referenced in my original post.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 01-17-2013 04:39 PM

Bill, just curious, what are the issues you have seen with the new Craftsman saw? I am heavily considering picking up the new Craftsman 14” saw. It is basically the Rikon 10-320 without a fence. Aside from the strange blade size (in which timberwolf and wood slicer blades are readily available for) it seems to be a decent saw for the money.


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#9 posted 01-17-2013 05:20 PM

Seems way expensive to me. Probably 200-250 dollar Deltas out there all day long.

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#10 posted 01-17-2013 05:56 PM

If I were buying a used Grizzly saw I’d take the 16”
over the 14” design. That style of saw (Powermatic/General
pattern) generally have a one piece body casting and you’ll
probably find they are substantially heavier and
more rigid than the 2 and 3 part castings on
the common 14 inch cast iron saws.

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#11 posted 01-17-2013 07:49 PM

I would take the advice the others have provided. That’s a lot of money for an older model used saw. I bought this Craftsman 14-Inch Band Saw Item# 00932607000 Model# BAS350 after doing some research and it’s a great saw. It’s the only Craftsman power tool I own and I was skeptical like most everyone is of Craftsman tools (My shop is all Grizzly and Delta and Dewalt equipment) but I figured I would take the plunge and the worst case scenario was I could return it to my local store. I didn’t need to do that because I have been very happy with it and it’s on sale right now for $384. Cheaper than the used one and comes with a warranty!

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#12 posted 01-17-2013 08:53 PM

I wont take the 14” Grizzly bandsaw. $395 is too much to pay. I’d rather purchase new one. The owner didn’t even give any information about the real condition of the band saw. There are lots of things you have to consider in buying used band saw . You should take the advice.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 01-17-2013 09:08 PM

Thank you Surfside for the very informative and helpful link of advice on what to look for in a used band saw. Very helpful and thanks to all for adding to this forum.

-- Steve

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#14 posted 01-17-2013 09:58 PM

Lumberjoe, I have been so put off with the general Craftsman line of power tools that I don’‘t even consider them when looking at new tooling for my home or professional workshop. Price point vs: quality has become the C’man mantra. Plus, the local store(s) is staffed with folks who don’t have a clue.
At the very least, most Rikon dealers have a staff that understands what a saw is.
Just my thoughts, and I do own older C’man tools that are bullet proof after many years of service.
I think that is a shame that a once quality brand has become so degraded.
Wonder why nobody from Sears ever chimes in?


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#15 posted 01-17-2013 10:05 PM

Don’t know whether it matters to you, but that Grizzly 16” saw is limited to it’s fixed resaw height. In other words, you can’t put a riser block on it, as the frame is one-piece.

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