Best Bandsaw, Jet JWBS-14CS, Grizzly G0555, Steel City 50130?

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Forum topic by woodman44 posted 07-08-2014 03:52 AM 2144 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2014 03:52 AM

I am going to buy my first and last real bandsaw primarily for cutting bowl blanks crom logs. I found two used, Jet with 6” rizer for $450 and Steel City for $500.
I like the features like 12” resaw, granite table and lower wheel, mobile base, fence & light of the Steel City but a disappointing review here by Charlton back in 2009 is cause for concern if SC has not corrected some of the design issues

The Jet seems to be a solid contender and a good company behind it.

The Grizzly is the only one that is new. I can get it with a riser
as a accessory including shipping without a mobile base which I wil lneed to buy or make for approx. $650.

If anyone has.used any of them and can offer their recommendation, It is greatly appreciated.


-- Ken, Michigan

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#1 posted 07-08-2014 04:07 AM

I can’t speak for the steel city granite band saw as I don’t own one, I do however own one of their table saws with a granite top.

If your not looking to tap into a CI top I highly recommend the granite tops. It offers almost zero resistance on moving stock over it and has little to no upkeep.

If you want to add your own shop made features I would shy away from granite tops as you won’t have much available to do with them.

That said, my SC table saw doubles as a glue up table. Wood glue can’t adhere to it.

The steel city customer service is a blue collar you get a tech on the phone before anything else service.


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#2 posted 07-08-2014 10:49 AM

I would go with the Grizzly. 20 years from now you’ll probably still be able to get parts for it. I have 25 year old Grizzly machines. I can still call Grizzly and get parts from them. Talking to the tech guys at Grizzly is a pleasure. Same with talking to someone to order parts. They are always courteous to me.

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#3 posted 07-08-2014 12:53 PM

I bought the Jet (no riser block) about 5 years ago, and am happy with it.

I use decent quality blades and added a Carter Quick Release and Shop Fox mobile base.

The 6-inch resaw capacity has never been a problem for me, and my saw has no drift … cuts straight as a string.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 07-08-2014 01:05 PM

I just bought a new Jet a couple of months ago without the riser block. It is a good well designed saw and it handles 6” of resaw in bloodwood very well. I did put a carbide blade on it. $450 for the jet with the riser is a fair price I think might offer $400 just to see if they will take it.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 07-08-2014 01:35 PM

I have the 0555LX from Grizz (no riser). Bought good blades, adjusted guides and table. Spot on.
I’m not a real fan of granite in the shop. Too much chance for damage in my estimation.


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#6 posted 07-08-2014 08:53 PM

I have a Jet cabinet saw. Great saw; I would recommend Jet based on previous quality and performance.

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#7 posted 07-08-2014 09:18 PM

I have the Grizzly G0555 Ultimate with riser block I love it with a new blade 1/2 3tpi deep gullet it is a cutting machine, re-saw with riser 12” capacity I built a sled so I could cut logs I’ve cut maple logs up to 6’ long 8” in dia. once I get two square faces I just start slicing off boards.

-- A friend will help you move, a good friend will help you move a body

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 09:27 PM

I’d skip the Steel City and focus on the other two. Fair disclaimer, I do not own a SC band saw, but do work for a dealer. I have been very happy with most Steel City products we have sold and with the support of the company. I would recommend their table saws, portable planers and some other tools in a heartbeat, but am just not impressed with any of the bandsaws that have gone through our doors.

The biggest issue is how badly the guide posts are aligned. Every single one is so far off that you would constantly be fiddling with all the upper guides every time you change height, even if it is only 1/4”. I don’t see that issue on the other brands we sell. The overall specs of the Steel City bandsaws are great for the price, but that one issue would be very annoying because of frequency. I plan on buying a new 14in bandsaw in the next few months and will be looking at a different brand from for that purchase (probably either Shop Fox or Jet).

-- In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#9 posted 07-08-2014 11:01 PM

Just got a new Grizzly G0555P a couple of weeks ago, with riser. Alignment was dead on, and the saw works great. Since I was going to install the riser, I separated the upper and lower halves in my garage and was able to carry the separate pieces to the basement myself. The lower part was very heavy, but I did it.

I also have a Grizzly TS, bought a couple of months ago, and its alignment was dead on as well. So, I’m pretty high on Grizzly right now.

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#10 posted 07-09-2014 07:30 PM

I’ve been leaning towards the Grizzly band saw but I lost my chance. The good thing about Grizzly band saws is they are less expensive yet quality is still top notch.

-- "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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#11 posted 07-10-2014 02:02 AM

Thanks to all of the LJers who weighed in. The majority favored Grizzly. I was almost going to go with a used Jet but by the time I added the cost of the options that the Grizzly has, the price difference was not enough to not have a new current technology and a 5 year warranty.

Grizzly has a 5 percent off coupon for Vetrans until the 18th. So unless a super deal shows up before then It looks like
Grizzly will pleased.

Appreciate your input

Semper Fi

-- Ken, Michigan

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