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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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542 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Hi all, I’m in the market for a Grizzly Bandsaw. I am looking at the Grizzly G0513ANV (the anniversary model) and the Grizz G0513X2. The anniversary model is the exact same saw as the GO513. Im not sure if another 300 dollars is worth the extra cast iron trunions and wheels and other add ons. What is your opinion?

Also have any of you rewired a grizzly motor from 220 to 110? Is it easy to do?
Thanks,
Brett

-- Brett


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DavidNJ

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#1 posted 542 days ago

Here is a recent thread with lots of opinions: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/47356

The net was cast iron wheels should be considered mandatory. The X2 also has a significant upgrade in the guides and in the fence. Another step up (another $200) would get an electric brake with foot activation (G0513X3BF).

Note: when comparing prices it is important to include the shipping. Some include free shipping, other charge over $200. Grizzly $99 plus another $34 for liftgate delivery for the saws you menitioned. Rikon has a 1.5hp 14” saw with similar resaw capacity and a larger table than the Grizzly for $950 delivered (at least at the moment).

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 542 days ago

I have that Extreme Series and I think the extra $300 is well worth it: cast iron everything, resaw fence included, much better guides, etc. If you bought these separately, they would cost more than $300. But that black paint is pretty!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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NewEnglandsWoodWorks

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#3 posted 542 days ago

Thanks guys!

-- Brett

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WoodNDust

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#4 posted 505 days ago

You might want to look at the Rikon 10-325. It’s got cast iron throughout. Very nice. Includes a 5 year warranty. It’s on sale at Woodcraft for $799.99.

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toolie

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#5 posted 505 days ago

+1 on rikon 10-325. really well received saw and rikon is first rate.

-- there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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Scot

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#6 posted 505 days ago

The cast iron wheels and trunions are absolutely worth the additional $300.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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newwoodbutcher

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#7 posted 505 days ago

I just got the Rikon 18” on Friday. I have had a 16”Grizzly for about 20 years. 12” resaw, blade release, 2 1/2 HP Carter style guides, nice machine. All I’ll ever need. Take a close look

-- Ken

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ScrubPlane

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#8 posted 505 days ago

I have one of the Grizzly band saws and it’s an excellent machine…I didn’t even have to call in my electrician buddy to switch to 220. My suggestions…

Get as much saw as you can afford.

Consider switching the OEM blade for one from Woodslicer…excellent blades.

Consider the type of tracking assembly that comes with whichever saw you choose. Mine has the roller bearings version…which is of course fine, but I would have preferred being able to upgrade to the ceramic block style. In that vein…the Grizzly guide mechanism can be a bit finicky to adjust.

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