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Forum topic by b2rtch posted 12-20-2013 04:18 PM 2008 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-20-2013 04:18 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

I received my Grizzly G0513X2 two days ago.
The first thing that I noticed is how crappy the crate is, it was all broken, not one piece intact.
Surprisingly enough is was not damage to the saw.
The saw is top heavy.
I first installed it on casters to be able to move it around. That made it very unstable.
I removed the caster but it still is not as stable as I wished it was.
I could bolt to the concrete floor but that seems to be a bit extreme.
How did you install your?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 04:49 PM

check the floor for being flat where it sits mine was top heavy but when it was placed where I wanted I had to shim up one corner just a hair and now it is stable as a rock and has been since 1992. I would not whant it an a rolling base, I don’t think it would be very stable.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 05:04 PM

Chuck, thank you for your reply.
Do you find your saw too low to be be comfortable to work at?
I like my tools and benches to be higher then “normal”.
I am thinking about installing the saw on 4×4.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 06:01 PM

Bert, my band saw, a Griz 14 incher, is not as big as yours, but it is on a mobile base because my space is too small to leave it all the time where I use it. When the base is “live”, that is, I am able to move the saw around, it is not really so much unstable as it is uncomfortable to me to leave it “live”. When I get it into position, I “raise the wheels” by turning the knobs to lower the lifters so that it can’t move around. It is stable and “level” when I’m finished and ready to saw. My base is an old Shop Fox and I’m not as happy with how it stabilizes the load as I am with the ones by HTC that I have under my drill press and table saw. I’m contemplating swapping out the base under the drill press with the base under the band saw because I move the band saw much more often.

I like the bases under the tools for one of the reasons you mention: it adds a little more height for the working surface. Interesting how much difference just a couple of inches make. I have one question of clarification. You indicated adding casters, but nothing about the casters being on a base. If the casters are directly under your load, then you’ve reduced the “balancing act footprint”. If you can put your casters outboard of the base, such as you would find on a mobile basel you have better stability, I believe, than if the casters are inboard of the sides of the tool base. On all of my mobile bases I have noticed that the tool actually sits in sort of a “well” made up by the sides of the mobile base.

One last point. When I put the HTC base under the drill press there was some wobbling going on pretty regularly. I fixed that by bolting the drill press base to the mobile base. Now if it wobbles I know that it is in a spot where the floor isn’t level and I can fix that just by moving it a couple of inches.

Enjoy making sawdust, I look forward to seeing your posts on how much you love your new toy. Merry Christmas

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 06:12 PM

Thank Roger, I return your wishes for a very Merry CHRIST-mas

-- Bert

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 06:42 PM

I have the same saw and made an outrigger style base out of 1” square tubing and then used great lakes (cheaper knock off of carrymaster) casters on it.

I don’t have a picture/immediate access to the shop but my base is basically the same design as what Abbott used in this thread:
Except I used square tube steel stock and upgraded the casters to the great lakes casters which have a foot that drops down at the center of pivot point and thus don’t rotate once in place:
I used four of the 550lb casters with stems – probably the GD-60S although I don’t have the exact part # (the stems were barely long enough to get through one wall of the tubing, you might be better off getting one with holes and using allthread or bolts from above).. The Zambus/carrymaster’s are quite a bit more but reportedly solider and easier to drop the foot. The great lakes have worked fine for me.

The outrigger style base like that widens the footprint of the of the saw and made it quite stable. I’ve used the saw for sawing boards out of some fairly substantial (>150lb) logs with a homemade sled and had no stability issues with all four casters down. In normal use I usually just drop the feet on the two near casters enough that the saw doesn’t move (basically just lift the wheels a hair off of the floor) and its plenty good enough.

Side note after seeing Rogers reply: I can’t recommend any of the HTC bases for this saw. I have machines/tables on both 2000 and 3000 bases and they have to much THUMP and Wobble for me to be comfortable with them under something this top heavy and unstable.

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 06:54 PM

Had the same issue with my G0514X2B 19” it was way to unstable on a Shop Fox mobile base. It’s rock solid on this stand…

This is a Grizzly 24×36 inch maple workbench top, at $75 it was a no brainer I could not build a better base than that for that price. Here I’m drilling it for the leveling feet and bandsaw bolts.

Here are the leveling pads. I searched locally plus all over the internet but nobody beats Grizzly on the price of these leveling pads. These are 3 inch pads rated 1,600 pounds, I found what appear to be the exact same pads for sale yesterday locally for $53 a piece vs $16 from Grizzly. NOTE: I replaced the factory studs with longer studs from my local hardware store as the factory studs were too short for this slab of maple.

Also sourced locally these threaded inserts, I wanted to keep the stand as low profile as possible for stability.

To further the low profile I picked up some thinner jam nuts locally vs the stock thickness nut.

The 24×36 inch foot print of the base seems just about right, very stable and fully adjustable for level and slopes. Anyway this is how I did it.

Update: I also applied blue Locktite to the threaded studs, then tightened the jam nut down onto the level pad. I have since moved this saw to a new location, thought about trying to rig it with temp casters but was able to basically tip it and walk it across the shop to its new location. With two people that would have been easy, it was a bit more work doing it myself.

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#7 posted 12-20-2013 07:51 PM

I think if you increase the footprint of your mobile base that should help. A wider stance should increase stability. Look at darthford’s base. It is larger than the base of the saw. Nice base btw darthford.

Congrats on your new saw Bert

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 09:29 PM

Also I’m not sure I’d want to have the saw higher (I’m 6’ 2” for reference). For scrolling perhaps maybe.. – but for resaw and the like its plenty tall and there are two advantages I can see to not having it taller:

- Its easier to lift heavy stuff onto it :D

- I find it easier to guide pieces for resaw if they’re towards the lower end of my reach (pushing down and not out).

My workbench otoh could be a solid 4-6” higher than it is….

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 10:10 PM

Here is the base that I built for my G0513X2. It is stable, rolls around easily and has performed well for me.

-- Minnesota Woodworkers Guild, Past President, Lifetime member.

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 11:44 PM

I also built a mobile base out of 3/4 inch plywood sandwiched with casters all bandsaws like this are topheavy, make sure you use good quality casters and you can push it around with one hand,

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 12:11 AM

I installed my saw this afternoon on 4×4 about 4” longer than the base. ( 2” on each side)
The saw is now stable.
I do not need a mobile base for the saw.
Thank you all for your help

-- Bert

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