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Forum topic by sgmdwk posted 01-20-2014 04:12 AM 942 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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sgmdwk

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01-20-2014 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

A couple weeks ago I asked about a choice of band saws. I was looking at a Craftsman and a Harbor Freight 14” band saws. Several people urged me to look at other saws. I am happy to say they convinced me. Last week I drove three hours to the Bellingham, Wash., Grizzly showroom and bought one of their G0555 Anniversary Edition saws. It is far more solid that the cheaper saws I looked at.

Just want to say thanks, guys. Can’t wait to make some sawdust.

-- Dave K.


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#1 posted 01-20-2014 04:21 AM

Did you purchase the 6” riser block also? I have a very close friend that has one less than a year old and is thoroughly pleased with it. When my finances allow, I want their 17” machine particularly for the additional re-saw capacity over my current 12” Craftsman of 1980.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#2 posted 01-20-2014 04:53 AM

I was $150 over my budget already, so didn’t get the $79 riser block. I probably will in the future.

-- Dave K.

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#3 posted 01-20-2014 01:23 PM

Congrats on the new tool. I don’t think you’ll ever regret spending the extra $150.

My father drilled into my head that the “cost” of anything of anything in life is the price you paid minus how much you can sell it for. If you decide in a few years to upgrade to a bigger saw, the harbor freight saw will probably only be worth $100, but the grizzly G0555 will still be worth close to what you paid for it. The price of of the harbor freight bandsaw is $150 less, but the “cost” of the Harbor Freight tool is probably $150 more.

I have a lot of harbor freight tools, like hammers, clamps, etc, but mostly for disposable or infequently used stuff. For capital equipment like a bandsaw, I usually find the “cost” is dramatically lower when I spend more. This doesn’t even take into account the fact the Grizzly is a dramatically better tool in every possible way.

Just my 2 cents.

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#4 posted 01-20-2014 01:50 PM

Here, here, Nicholas!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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#5 posted 01-20-2014 01:56 PM

You did the right thing. Cheaper tools are way too expensive. If you havent already, do yourself a favor and watch the Snodgrass video. on bandsaw setup.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGbZqWac0jU
It was recommended to me by another LJ, “JustJim”. It has been invaluable.

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#6 posted 01-20-2014 02:06 PM

You are welcome.
For the riser block, shop around , you can find it to for cheaper.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 01-20-2014 03:24 PM

I second the Snodgrass video. Good luck with the new toy.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#8 posted 01-20-2014 04:05 PM

Congrats on the new tool. I don’t think you’ll ever regret spending the extra $150.

My father drilled into my head that the “cost” of anything of anything in life is the price you paid minus how much you can sell it for. If you decide in a few years to upgrade to a bigger saw, the harbor freight saw will probably only be worth $100, but the grizzly G0555 will still be worth close to what you paid for it. The price of of the harbor freight bandsaw is $150 less, but the “cost” of the Harbor Freight tool is probably $150 more.

I have a lot of harbor freight tools, like hammers, clamps, etc, but mostly for disposable or infequently used stuff. For capital equipment like a bandsaw, I usually find the “cost” is dramatically lower when I spend more. This doesn’t even take into account the fact the Grizzly is a dramatically better tool in every possible way.

Well said. My uncle had a similar mind set. When I was building my house +25 years ago he said design and build it like you’re gonna sell it, because some day you probably will. 24 years later I sold it, and the buyer loved it…..and I miss it.

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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#9 posted 01-20-2014 04:48 PM

Good call, Dave. I think the GO555 is an excellent value. Mine has been flawless and dependable. Thanks, too, for engendering this great discussion about cost and price. I have made some mistakes over time, but each one has been educational. What I didn’t have, as a guide, was the equation. Very helpful, Nicholas.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#10 posted 01-20-2014 08:14 PM

Excellent buy. That’s certainly a well build band saw. Should serve you well.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-21-2014 01:58 AM

And that black color is a lot cooler than my green Grizz 17”er!

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

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#12 posted 01-21-2014 03:31 AM

The extra $150 was an investment you will not regret. You will miss the frustration of trying to get a quality cut from a poorly made tool.

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#13 posted 01-22-2014 05:34 PM

I bought the Grizzly G0555LX on sale based on what I read in theses forums, I did get the riser block. I’ll post on how well the riser block works after I’ve had chance to play with it :)

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#14 posted 02-10-2014 04:16 PM

Overall I’ll give this saw 4 out 5.
Pros:
very quiet
no vibration
sturdy heavy build
plenty of power
packed well

Cons:
The guides are pain to adjust – IMHO this is the most important part of the saw – should be easier to adjust – I will probably get the carter guides/stabilizer soon
dust collection could be better

My first project on this saw was a 6” walnut band saw box – had no problems, minimum blade marks with a http://www.highlandwoodworking.com 3/16 4 tpi blade set tighter than a dollar bill for the gaps.

Resawing with the riser block – this is a universal kit as it leaves a ¼ lip on one side. Using a wood slicer blade from http://www.highlandwoodworking.com on 11” red oak, the sawing was slow but didn’t bog down at all. The cut was not clean, but clean enough for 1 pass on the planer at about 1/32” – I would imagine this will only get better as I get familiar with saw.

I didn’t get the resaw fence from grizzly as most of my resawing will be 10+” and the height of the grizzly fence didn’t seem to be enough, so I built my own out of some melamine particleboard

I’m so glad I found this forum and thread, it convinced me to buy this saw, at $425 on sale it was a fantastic buy! Even at full price it much better than the saws I looked at.

-- Bill, SW Florida

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#15 posted 02-10-2014 05:27 PM

Good luck with new band saw Dave. You may find can survive without a riser kit.

I paid $465 for my G0555 saw & mobile base delivered many years ago. Only complaint is not set up from the factory to accept 93 ½” blades. Have to modify the band saw in order to accept that size blade.
Looking at specs Anniversary edition comes with 93 ½” blade. Definitely make life easier ordering blades without modifying the saw.

Easiest way found to adjust blade & thrust bearings or install new blades is remove the table. Got the procedure down so has become second nature to me.

I cut bowl blanks and re-saw logs on my band saw and have never had a problem. Found my band saw easy to repair although have not always gone back to Grizzly for parts.

-- Bill

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