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okwoodshop

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02-11-2014 11:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw grizzly

I have permission to buy a new and bigger bandsaw. I know right. I really like the Grizzly 17” 2hp anniversary model. Only thing I would like to know about the euro style blade guides?? What do you guys think about this saw over all ?? Thanks for your input.


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#1 posted 02-12-2014 03:43 PM

don’t know much about that saw

i did put carter guides on my mini-max s-45
(17”)

so much better
and easier to adjust
now to put on the woodslicer blades

the guys that have the grizz
seem to love them

http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/3776

best on this to you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 04:08 PM

I have the Grizzly G0513X2F saw, 17’ Extreme Series (F is the foot brake) and I do really like it. This model has the double ball bearing guides and they perform well, are easy to adjust, and can be added on to the Anniversary Edition saw.

Overall the saw is strong, well balanced, easy to change blades, and re-saws very accurately. I would recommend any of the 17” saws as a good buy.

BTW, on major tool purchases it is far easier to obtain forgiveness that it is to get permission ;)

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

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 07:40 PM

I too have the 17” Extreme Series Grizz with the double ball bearing guides.
Not sure what the “euro style” guides are.
The reason I went with the Extreme Series over the regular model: cast iron wheels, cast iron trunions, tall resaw fence were included. Supposedly the cast aluminum trunions can break if you put a lot of weight on the table and I resawed a lot of logs on mine before I bought my sawmill.
Send me a pm if I can be of more help.

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

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 08:11 PM

Guess do not have bearings as blade guides, where other models do.

“Blade guides Euro style roller disc with full enclosure protection.

Looked at manual on adjusting and looks and feels like simple guide blocks to me. Not sure if like them or not.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/17-2-HP-Bandsaw-Anniversary-Edition/G0513ANV

-- Bill

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 08:19 PM

I am going to get it and see how these guides work and if I have to I can upgrade later (Quietly) thanks guys

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 08:29 PM

I just bought the Grizzly G0513X2 saw, 17’ Extreme Series .
I love it . I looked at eh anniversary edition, it is lacking essential features.
I recommend the extreme serie with brake.( I did not buy the brake and I regret it)

-- Bert

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#7 posted 02-12-2014 08:40 PM

those ‘euro ‘disk’ guides
are not full side bearings
that spin with the edge to the blade
but do spin

here are real bearing guides even the back one takes it on the edge
the newer ones have two bearings to each side

not like this one
where the back guide rubs the blade from the side
of the bearing

the ‘euro disks’ do it on all three

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 02-12-2014 09:41 PM

I never liked the side rub bearings, a crafty guy could probably make his own guide looks to me like. thanks
gfadvm, I don’t cut heavy stuff so I don’t see an issue with the trunnions. most of my cuts are long soft curves but through thick oak and maple. my little bandsaw now cant keep up even with a new blade. never used a saw with a blade brake but I could see the advantages for safety.

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#9 posted 02-12-2014 09:42 PM

David I like that top picture thank you

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#10 posted 02-11-2015 01:12 AM

I’m in the same boat as you, was originally coaxing the wife into the 14” anniversary saw when she saw the 17” anniversary and suggested that maybe I should get it instead. Really seems like a hard saw to beat though I’m gonna check out the laguna 1412 on Fri at the woodcraft. Really want to jump on the grizzly now but but the laguna still has a 1.5hp motor, same resaw height, cast iron wheels and trunnions and a supposedly better fence. I suspect even if the laguna goes on sale it will cost more, it just seems like the only competition to the grizzly but it seems to get equally good reviews.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 02:24 AM



...Only thing I would like to know about the euro style blade guides?? What do you guys think about this saw over all ?? Thanks for your input.

- okwoodshop

We have the early version of this saw and use it a lot. After replacing the ball bearings in the original glides only to face replacing again a few months later, we installed the ceramic euro-style glides. That was five or so years ago and those ceramic glides have served us well. I like the saw but wish it had a foot break and the plastic table inserts were beefier.

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#12 posted 02-11-2015 02:32 AM

The Laguna has 1.75HP.
I just got mine, and it resaws like a dream (with Infinity 3/4 blade).
Super smooth (once adjusted 100%).
I love it – and I also got first rate customer service.
My dealer assembled it before delivery (nor charge) and they goofed up a little bit.
Changing blade is quick.
Very happy with it. Hope that helps.

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