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My initial thoughts on the Grizzly G0555LX band saw

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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 03-27-2014 04:28 PM 1370 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Purrmaster

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03-27-2014 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly bandsaw band saw

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.


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#1 posted 03-27-2014 04:34 PM

Thanks for the impressions. It looks like a good saw for the money.
It will help later this year when I upgrade my 10” bandsaw to a 14”.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 01:01 AM

I have a 2008 GO555 saw and like it. I bought the riser and a better blade right away. I use the resaw fence and it works well for me. I use this saw 99% of the time for re-sawing. I assembled this saw alone. I took apart the saw to install the riser, put the stand and the saw together , assembled these two parts as it lay on the floor. I then just stood it up myself. It was a hard lift though.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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Purrmaster

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 02:49 AM

I’m willing to bet you’ve got a lot more muscle than me, Jim. I could barely budge that sucker on my own.

Is the resaw fence you have iron or aluminum?

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 01:19 PM

Aluminum fence with cast iron base(on the fence). I could not lift the top part off of the saw to install the riser so I laid it down to do this. Then I installed the base. It is top heavy but two people could stand it upright pretty easy I think. When changing blades and on initial set up, I remove the table of the saw to access the bottom guides better. It comes off with just two knobs removed.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#5 posted 03-29-2014 12:26 AM

Just took delivery of a G0555LX. I did a comparison of band saws and kept coming back to it. Assembly simple and straight forward. Setup was easy with few adjustments needed. You do need a second person to help set it on the base, unless you’re related to the Hulk. Replaced the blade with 3/4” Timberwolf Resaw blade and the fence with the H75687 resaw fence. Saw runs very quiet with no vibration. Grizzly had the 10% discount going on so I also saved over $60.00. Also doesn’t hurt that Grizzly is in Missouri, thus next day delivery on supplies. Replaced an old Craftsman that I had loaned to me.

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Purrmaster

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#6 posted 03-29-2014 01:54 AM

I’ve found adjusting the guide bearings and thrust bearings on my bandsaw to be a royal pain in the ass. But from what I gather it’s no more of a pain to do it on this bandsaw than any other.

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