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RPhillips

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07-21-2013 09:44 PM

I’m in market for a band saw and after seeing some pretty good reviews on the Grizzly G0555 (specifically, the G0555LX or G0555LANN model) series I decided to give it a look. One of the things holding me back it that I want greater re-saw capacity. Unfortunately, that means that I’ll have to spend about double to gain that capacity, putting those out of my budget. I then seen that Grizzly offers a 6 inch extension kit that will allow me to gain that extra capacity.

So, my question is, how well does this work. Is a viable option or are there other factors involved that I’m over looking because this look like a win-win situation to the untrained eye. The last thing I want is to gain the re-saw capacity but then lose the ability to make descent cuts.

One other question, does any one else actually offer this as an option?

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...


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widdle

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 09:55 PM

I wouldn’t go less than 2 horse power imho…

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 10:07 PM

I was thinking about that after you posted on the bench forum. I have a 1hp bandsaw. You MAY be able to resaw big oak timbers with that…..but it would be really tough. Mine only has about a 6” re-saw capacity. I have to go pretty slow resawing 8/4 oak that’s 6” high. Otherwise it stalls out.

Short of it, adding a riser won’t give you more HP. It works for me because I don’t resaw much. I mostly use a bandsaw to cut curves. But if you see yourself resawing some big stuff often…might wanna go the used route and see if you can find a beast.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 10:19 PM

Rob i have the g0555lx with the riser block, ive never had a problem resawing anything. You will be fine with that setup. Its been a very nice saw for the money and id definitely recommend it.

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 11:24 PM

@ Iggles Good to know. Thanks

With me still being new to all this, I still don’t know exactly what I need yet, so having a saw that has some “growing room” is a plus. I would just go with a 17” 2 HP model if money was an issue, but with still needing to purchase so many tools, I am on a tight budget.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#5 posted 07-22-2013 12:00 AM

If resawing is your biggest concern, “this 17 grizzly (on sale btw) is hard to beat.
Otherwise, the LANV and riser will do decent, but not great at only 1 HP.
The rikon 10-325 is another winner, and the one I’ll eventually be upgrading to.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 07-22-2013 02:11 AM

I have the G0555 with the riser and I use it only for re-sawing. Mostly 8” cedar and it works fine. A little slow at re-sawing 8” oak and maple though but it does do it. I use a 1/2”carbide blade from Grizzly and I bought the 6” re-saw fence. Re-sawing generates a LOT of sawdust so I bought one of their dust collectors.

-- In God We Trust

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RPhillips

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#7 posted 07-22-2013 03:13 AM

Well I’m feel a little more confident that the G0555 will suit my needs.

I’m shooting to keep it around $500, so the pretty much eliminates any of the 17” I’ve seen, the LXAVN is right at the breaking point. I was hoping to find a used 14”- 17” in the area, but so far not much luck. I’ve found two 14” Deltas (asking $400-$500), Rigid 14” , and bunch of smaller old Craftsmans. At the asking price of the Deltas, I’d rather buy new.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#8 posted 07-22-2013 04:39 AM

Definitely go for the LANV; it’s cheaper and has more features, like cast iron wheels, over the G0555. Not a bad saw for $524 shipped. I’d be jumping on it if I didn’t need a jointer.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Iggles88

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#9 posted 07-22-2013 07:09 AM

Dont worry about the 1 hp, it has enough power with a good blade to cut just about anything, maybe not as quickly as a bigger saw but it will get the job done

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RPhillips

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#10 posted 07-22-2013 11:06 AM

What type (brand/tpi) of blades should I have on hand? I know in the past that Lennox made excellent blades, not sure how they fair now.

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#11 posted 07-22-2013 11:18 AM

I have a Rikon 18in for sale down around Bowling Ky for 800.00 not really been used a lot with carter bandsaw stabilizer a few extra blades and such about 200 miles from you

-- Work in the city woodshop in tha country

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bowedstraight

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#12 posted 07-22-2013 11:20 AM

come and get it, it’s yours if you want it

-- Work in the city woodshop in tha country

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Iggles88

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#13 posted 07-22-2013 07:45 PM

Rob i bought a 3 tpi 1/2” olson blade which works very well for resawing ive never has a problem cutting anything with it. Id also get a 1/4” blade unless this is going to be for resawing only.

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#14 posted 07-22-2013 09:31 PM

this is the company michael fortune uses:

http://www.bcsaw.com/

i’m partial to blades from iturra as his welds are first rate. a wrong choice would be any timberwolf blades. too many reports (and my 4 new blade first hand experience) with improperly aligned welds.

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

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Matt Przybylski

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#15 posted 07-22-2013 10:03 PM

I have the 0555LX with resale block and I also got my “BladeRunner” resaw blade from Lou Iturra. This blade in particular is a copy of the WoodSlicer but much cheaper and as toolie pointed out Iturra welds are spot on. You can call him and speak over the phone and hell gladly tell you everything you need to know about bandsaws and make suggestions based on your saw as well as your needs. My resaw a are very good with his blades.

-- Matt, Illinois, http://www.reintroducing.com

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