|Forum topic by Purrmaster||posted 03-27-2014 04:28 PM||1395 views||1 time favorited||6 replies|
03-27-2014 04:28 PM
Please note: This is NOT a proper review of the tool.
I know that many people are getting their tax refunds and that Grizzly has been sending out 10% off coupons to some folks. It occurred to me that people may be looking at getting a band saw.
I just got this saw. I haven’t worked with it long enough to be able to give it a fair review in the reviews section. I’ll need at least several months before I can do that in good conscience. But I thought i could give my initial thoughts on it here in case it helps anyone out.
Assembly is fairly straightforward. You don’t really have to assemble anything but the stand. It will take more than one person to lift the saw onto the stand and hold it until you bolt it down. I cannot recommend strongly enough that you download the PDF version of the manual and use that when putting it together. The pictures on the printed manual are quite grainy. Being able to zoom in to an image makes all the difference in the world. You will have to install the fence and the table.
The Good-It’s a solid machine. Lots of cast iron. The table is flat and nicely machined to a smooth surface. I was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness of the table top.
The tension quick release is fast and easy to use. This is good since it gives me less excuse to be lazy and leave the tension on all the time.
Most of the alignment is already done. The tilt scale on the table is already pretty much set at the factory. When I set the table to 0 degrees on the scale and then used my machinist’s square to check for alignment it was pretty much dead on. Hence, you probably won’t have to fiddle with the tilt gauge.
The tires hold the blade well and the cast iron wheels are nice and heavy.
The Bad-The blade that comes with the saw sucks. This is unsurprising. I put a 1/4 inch Timberwolf blade on it and that cuts much better.
The aluminum rip fence feels flimsy. I intend to do most ripping on my table saw so this doesn’t worry me a lot. But if you plan to do a lot of ripping on the saw you may want to look into a better fence. Personally I’d prefer a steel fence so I can use magnets on it to hold stuff.
Getting the front fence rail installed straight and level is damn near impossible. Which means the fence will not be exactly the same height above the table at both the front and back of the fence. I’m not sure how important this is.
I’ve found the guide bearings somewhat of a pain to adjust. But my research suggests it’s no more difficult than adjusting the bearings on other band saws. Pick up two or three 4mm allen wrenches.
Once I’ve worked with the saw more and put different blades on it I’ll put up a review.