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Forum topic by John's Woodshop posted 2601 days ago 5488 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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John's Woodshop

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2601 days ago

Hey All,

I am seriously considering purchasing a new bandsaw. I was favoring the Grizzly G0514X. For the price it seems to have the most features. It also has a 3hp motor. Your thoughts on this saw would be greatly appreciated.

Grizzly G0514X 19

Here is the Page with all the specs.

Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"


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USCJeff

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#1 posted 2601 days ago

John, Check out the recent thread about the Grizzly G0555 for some incite on what everyone had to say about Grizzly Bandsaws. Your looking at a much more powerful saw, but many of the comments still apply. I have decided to get the Grizzly 14” 1.5HP myself. I can’t speak as to this specific saw, but I have the Grizzly 1023S Table Saw and a couple other small machines and have nothing but good things to say about them. My experience has been that Grizzy products are not tuned to woodworking standards off the truck. They have all required typical alignment adjustments. The process has always been well explained in the manual. It’s a pain, but once its in tune, it stays there. Last I looked, they had a promotion for a free 3/4” Timberwolf blade with purchase. I’ve heard some good things about the Steel City bandsaw too. Worth a look.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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mot

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#2 posted 2600 days ago

They rate very well and are priced right for that size of saw. If I was in the market for the big of saw, though, I’d look hard at Minimax.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2600 days ago

Yea Tom. The 24” Minimax looks great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Karson

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#4 posted 2600 days ago

I’ve got a Grizzly planer and Jointer and Dust collectors and I’ve not had any problems. I put a 3hp motor on my 16” bandsaw and it has a lot more power than the mfg 2Hp model.

It’s a Tiawanese clone that I bought for $450.00 many years ago. I picked up the motor in a junk yard for $10.00. Turns out it was a flood damaged motor, and I also needed it reversed in direction. I took it to a motor shop. New bearings, baked out all the water and new varnish inside and rewired to reverse direction for $40.00 So I got a 3HP motor for $50.00 still not a bad deal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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John's Woodshop

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#5 posted 2600 days ago

Agreed the Minimax looks like a fine machine. But they cost a LOT more than the one I posted above. To get the same features in a Minimax that I am getting in this one, I would have to spend almost $2000.00 more. Can’t do that. My budget for a bandsaw is right around $1,000.00 and the above bandsaw is $1,188.00 shipped to my door, which is pushing the budget envelope slightly. If money were no object and I didn’t have to lug this thing down into a basement shop, I’d have that 24” Minimax that Wayne Suggested :)

Thanks for your input and advice!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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WayneC

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#6 posted 2600 days ago

I would love to have an old 20” Powermatic bandsaw if money and space were not limiations.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 2598 days ago

I have a Grizzly bandsaw that looks like the one you pictured. It only has a 2 hp motor, but that has been quite sufficient for the resawing that I have done. I can’t remember what model it is, and I am out of state so I can’t even go to the shop and look.

Anyway, it tracks really straight when resawing and cuts really smooth. It well outperforms my old Jet with riser blocks, Carter guides, and an upgraded 1 1/2 hp motor. Another big bonus was the bigger table and the height of it was better for me too. The dust collection off of it is way better too. It actually works.

I have had really good service out of Grizzly whenever I needed parts. They always answer the phone, they know their tools, and they get a part to me fast. This has been very important to me.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Wooder

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#8 posted 2598 days ago

John, that is the same saw I’m considering. It’ll be next spring before it can happen, but it seems to be a great saw for the $$$.

I have the 1hp 0555. Bought it in ‘02 when they 1st came out. It’s been a very good saw. I just want to move up in size.

Good luck and let us know what you do.

Jimmy

-- Jimmy

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Wooder

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#9 posted 2597 days ago

Well? Ya got it yet?? .....

Jimmy

-- Jimmy

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#10 posted 2597 days ago

I have had the “G0513” 17” for almost four years now and I love it. Very smooth and powerful 2hp motor. Dust collection is great as are table adjustments.

My only complaint is that I didn’t buy it ten years ago.

Bill

-- Make Dust

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John's Woodshop

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#11 posted 2597 days ago

Jimmy,

Not yet! I have to do a couple of financial somersaults to make this a reality, but trust me, I am working on it, and I’ll let ya know when it’s in place :)

Thanks to all for your opinions and advise!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#12 posted 2597 days ago

I was going through some photos and I too have the G0513 model and agree with Dollarbill. The wheels on mine are aluminum and I have not had any problems. If I remember correctly the extreme series saws used cast iron wheels which would be better. The 2 hp motor has seemed to be sufficient so far.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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BuilderBob59

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#13 posted 1821 days ago

I have the same bandsaw. Do not order the ShopFox mobile base recommended for the saw. If you do it will wobble if you put it together just right. Other wise it will sway and you will think it is going to tip over. There are two dust collection ports which are a bit of a trick to connect together and to the dust collection sustem. The upper blade guide rear support bearing is impossible to measure the clearance as shown in figure 30 page 28 of the manual. The blade guard is in the way and I can’t figure out how to remove. I just replaced the original replacement blade with a 1/2 inch wood slicer. When resawing the blade lead is real bad but maybe I need the 3/4 inch blade. The wood slicer blade is amazing when cutting 6 inches pine. Cuts through like butter. I think the bandsaw is a good value. It has cast iron wheels. I wonder why it has a key lock while all my other machines from Grizzly do not.

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Keith Fenton

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#14 posted 1370 days ago

John,
Did you ever end up getting this band saw? I am in the market and have several saws in mind including this one so I would like to know how it’s worked out for you. It may be overkill for me but the price over the G0513X2 is not a whole lot and well… 3HP … need I say more.

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cabmaker

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#15 posted 1370 days ago

Hey Keith, I just figured out this was an old thread. I was going to coment that I have that bandsaw . I got it after downsiziing my shop and selling a delta 20 inch that had been used hard. I have no complaints and would do it again. I noticed too that there is a 19 inch grizz on craiglist in carrolton,tx for 350.00. Thats a no brainer. Thats only approx. 30mi. from me. If anybody wants it, let me know and I ll pick it up and hold it for them. JB

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