Any complaints on Grizzly's G0513x2 bandsaw? (including -B, -F, and -BF variants)

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Forum topic by Rob posted 09-18-2014 12:50 AM 1549 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2014 12:50 AM

Several bandsaws were in the running for the opportunity of a lifetime—the chance to live in my garage. After many rounds of reading reviews and forums, I thought I had made up my mind and was about to order the G0513×2BF. The foot-activated motor brake is only $25 more than the normal motor brake, so I figured, why not? But then I considered the inconvenience of sharing one 240V dedicated circuit between my table saw, planer, AND bandsaw.

I don’t have room to add another 240V circuit. I realize the vanilla 513×2 can run on 120V, but that requires a 30A circuit which also isn’t an option for me. Granted, I won’t ever use more than one of those tools at a time, but it still would be nice not to have to pretend I’m a 1950’s telephone switchboard operator.

Now I’m reconsidering a 14” option that can run on 120V, but they all seem to have various issues, and I really haven’t run across any complaints about the G0513×2, aside from people wishing they had gotten a variant with a brake. Does anyone have any other complaints using it for curves, resawing, and cutting large blanks for turning? Or is the G0513×2BF really the cat’s meow and worth the minor inconvenience of having to swap plugs?

Edit: by the way, I’ve watched craigslist almost every day for a year and there was one 14” Craftsman bandsaw selling for retail price; everything else has been 12” or less. I’m pretty sure everyone is waiting until after I buy a bandsaw before posting theirs for sale on CL.

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 07:23 AM

Can’t help you with issues on that particular saw, but I can suggest that you put in a duplex 220 outlet. That way you can leave both TS and BS plugged in. It does mean that you might not want to run both tools at once.

You may not be able to find a duplex 220 outlet, but you can make up your own with individual outlets, or simply daisy chain off the original outlet to put in another one.

Daisy chain? Or piggy back? Dang metaphors get me confused.

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#2 posted 09-19-2014 12:52 AM

I have no complaints with my 17” Extreme Series Grizz. If you want to do a lot of small blades/tight curves, the Carter Stabilizer is a good add on.

I would just add a second outlet off the same breaker as you won’t ever use them both at the same time.

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 09:37 PM

Thanks for the wiring suggestion, guys. I didn’t think they made duplex 240V receptacles but apparently they do. Now I just need to find a GFCI duplex receptacle, or get a single-outlet GFCI receptacle and daisy-chain the ceiling outlet off that. I think my electrician said GFCI is required for a shared circuit in the garage, and since I might not be in this house forever, I figure I should make sure everything is up to code.

In the meantime, surprisingly, a Grizzly G0555P bandsaw popped up on Craigslist, so I snagged that for now since a lot of people here seem to like the G0555 series. (It seems like there are NEVER any decent woodworking tools on Craigslist in my area!) I know it’s a step down from the G0513×2 and the other saws I was looking at, but the price was right and it came with everything I need to get started. Plus I can put off this wiring project for a little while. The riser block is already installed, and it included a few sizes of blades, the mobile base, and the Kreg fence+micro-adjuster+resaw guide. If I end up doing a lot of resawing, I might come back and buy a bigger saw with cast iron wheels, but for now I think I’m set.

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 10:18 PM

I cant say any thing about it But I bought a 14’ grizzly 16 years ago and the only thing I have done to it was Put a Catter guide on it, I wish I would have done that as soon as it came out. and a dead man foot pedal switch
PS. My band saw is used every day cutting wood 1/8” to 3” good luck with wat ever you Buy.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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