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Forum topic by paul1474 posted 01-12-2014 12:45 PM 929 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-12-2014 12:45 PM

Am planning to get a new bandsaw soon for new shop I built. Am wired for 220. What features should I look for in a new saw, my budget is no more than $1500

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 02:16 PM

Looks like you have budgeted for a 19 inch 3HP extreme grizzly.

Probably the most machine on the planet (new)for your budget.

I have owned several 14 bandsaws over the years and can competently say don’t bother, like taking a knife to a gunfight. (that is if you are more than an occasional user


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#2 posted 01-13-2014 03:14 AM

I’m with cabmaker. Get the Extreme Series Grizz.

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 10:58 AM

Thanks for info, will check out Grizz

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#4 posted 01-14-2014 01:40 PM

What is “Extreme” about the recommended Grizzlies? Is it higher HP, or is there more to it than that?

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#5 posted 01-14-2014 02:14 PM

The “Extreme” refers to the marketing on the saws identified as such. Seriously though, the advantages are usually a better rip fence, two cast iron wheels and greater resaw height. Maybe better trunions under the table, as a general rule, the larger capacity the saw has, the greater duty it will be suited for. My 20” Grizzly has served me well for years, the number one most important rule with any bandsaw is proper set up.

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#6 posted 01-14-2014 02:41 PM

hold on to your horses… lol

I think the first question you want to ask YOURSELF is – what type of work are you planning to use that bandsaw for?

that would dictate whether you need to look at a bigger saw (resawing), or a smaller one (intricate work)?

the previous comment like taking a knife to a gunfight. (that is if you are more than an occasional user) makes me think the poster has resawing in mind – but as a reminder, bandsaws are used for multitude of tasks, and 14” saws do have their place – maybe not in that posters shop…

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#7 posted 01-14-2014 08:28 PM

When I bought my “Extreme Series” the difference was: cast iron wheels, resaw fence included, cast iron trunions. If you’re going to put heavy logs/long heavy boards on the table you need the cast iron trunions. Cast aluminum will break and then you’re out of business!

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

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#8 posted 01-14-2014 08:51 PM

I just bougth a Grizzly 17” extreme series ,that’s a lot of saw for the price

-- Bert

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 08:59 PM

I’m running the Grizzly 17” Extreme series saw as well, and I am very happy with the machine! Either the 17” or the 19” saw will do the job well. Watch the horsepower rating for current draw relative to your circuits available. The 3 HP motor will run on 20A and the 5 HP requires a 30A circuit.

Spend the extra cash on an assortment of good quality blades and you are in business!

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

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 09:14 PM

What they said about the Grizzly 3HP 19” saw. It’s a beast for the $$.

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#11 posted 01-14-2014 09:20 PM

I have the Grizzly 17” and am very happy with it. Great saw. Did get the Highland Hardware woodslicer blade and like it very much. Many are happy with the Lennox blades too.

After using 14” bandsaws for years, moving up to the 17” was like getting a mercedes after having a model T. Get the better saw. I really like the tension and tracking windows on the Grizzlys. The quick release tension lever is also nice. My 17” is currently wired for 110V, which was easy to do. I now have the shop wired for 220 but haven’t got around to changing the saw yet. It has done everything that I wanted to do.

Good luck.

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#12 posted 01-14-2014 09:31 PM

I have a JET 14” bandsaw (JWBS-14DXPRO 14” Deluxe Pro Bandsaw), 1 ¼ hp 115volt didn’t come with a fence added Kreg fence and have a Woodslicer variable tooth blade for resawing. I have resawn 9” cherry with no problem. Also have the stock blade, will be replacing that as well. This has been a good saw for the money, has 12” resaw capacity built in, no need for a riser block. The saw is easy to tune. All the guides are roller bearings above and below the table, upper wheel has external knob to adjust blade tracking. Maintains good tension on blade. Solid machine.

As previous posters suggested, take a good look at what you want to use it for and how frequently then look at different saws.


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#13 posted 01-15-2014 12:46 AM

grizz GO514×2 3hp rack & pinion table the works 1500 bucks it’s a bad mamajama go get it now and be happy happy happy it will resaw anything you feed it cause a grizzly roars for more wood

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

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#14 posted 01-15-2014 10:29 AM

Sounds like Grizz will be a good choice. I think the 17” will be enough machine for me. Thanks for all the comments

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