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Forum topic by dbw posted 11-07-2014 12:36 AM 1061 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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dbw

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11-07-2014 12:36 AM

I’m considering buying a new Grizzly G0555LX band saw. Grizzly is selling it on their web site (as well as on ebay) for $525 with free shipping. Is this “too good to be true” or is this quite the deal? What is y’ alls opinion about Grizzly band saws. If money were no object which 14” band saw would YOU buy?

-- measure 3 times, cut once


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#1 posted 11-07-2014 12:56 AM

That a nice deal, Ive owned the GO555 for some year and it was quite a work horse. I now use the GO457 which I really like having in my shop. Which ever band saw you chose there just a lot of fun to have in the shop. Best wishes…BC

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#2 posted 11-07-2014 01:49 AM

It’s not a huge deal. It’s about the same cost as when it normally goes on sale without shipping. But I paid about that much last year for mine.

Get the riser block as well and install it first thing if you plan on doing any resawing more than 6”.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 11-07-2014 02:05 AM

I have the GO55LANV whisc has the black finish on it and cast wheels instead of the aluminum ones.
Mine is over a year old now and cuts great.
I paid $465 plus shipping, but that was last October.
It’s a good saw for the money.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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dbw

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#4 posted 11-07-2014 12:35 PM

Here is the $64,000 question: Why should I spend $800 for a Rikon 10-325 or $1100 for a Laguna 1412? What benefit(s) will the extra expense buy me?

-- measure 3 times, cut once

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#5 posted 11-07-2014 01:22 PM

I have the shop fox version (basically the same). Good band saw, although tension adjustment is a bit sketchy (still struggling with it, even if I bought it almost 2 years ago) and the fence is pretty much worthless IMO (doesn’t stay put when you apply lateral forces, say when you use feather board for ripping).

I thought at the time of buying the extension to increase ripping capabilities, but I don’t think to motor would be strong enough (had hard time ripping 5” tall IPE stock).

But for the price, it’s isn’t a bad machine. I paid mine 850 (joy of living in canada!) so for the price difference, I would have gone with the laguna without hesitation (tensioning mechanism is 1st class and it comes with a fence that I’m dreaming of having!) :)

My 2 cents

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ChadRat6458

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#6 posted 11-07-2014 02:44 PM

I have the G0513. It is a great saw. I found mine on CL. The guy was moving and needed to sell it fast. I got a great deal on it.

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#7 posted 11-07-2014 03:02 PM

I’ve got a G0555LANV, and have been using it pretty regularly for a couple months now. So far, it’s been reliable and stable. I paid about as much as you are quoting to have it shipped, and I haven’t seen it much lower in the last 6-8 months. I never used the stock blade, and bought a woodslicer 3/4” 3-4TPI blade it. I set it up as described in this Alex Snodgrass video, and it’s been cutting straight and square since I got it with no issues or blade wandering worse than a few hand plane passes for smoothing. I don’t have the riser block, but my shop is fairly small, and I don’t anticipate needing to resaw things more than 6” tall. I can always upgrade later if things change.

All in all, I am happy I bought it, and I expect it to serve me well for quite a long time.

-- -Tim, Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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Bill White

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#8 posted 11-07-2014 03:08 PM

I have it and mine has been a great saw. No probs with either fence or tensioning. Cast iron wheels make a big difference over cast aluminum. As has been said, get good blades.
Bill

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#9 posted 11-07-2014 03:49 PM

Great discussion – I’d like to pile on with a request for opinion. I am just gearing up my workshop, am planning on getting the G0555LNV (same machine as LX)... but have never used a bandsaw before. Now my question to all of you with experience – is the riser something that should be bought from the get-go? Are there disadvantages to having a riser? I have no idea if I’ll ever want to saw over 6” stock. I realize that the riser can be added later; but is it difficult (especially as compared to initial setup)? The obvious answer is “it depends on what I want to cut”... but that said, I’m clearly a newbie just getting into woodworking, and frankly don’t know.

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#10 posted 11-07-2014 04:00 PM

FYI Grizzly’s Christmas sale shows the G0555LANV for $445+$79 shipping.


is the riser something that should be bought from the get-go? Are there disadvantages to having a riser? I have no idea if I ll ever want to saw over 6” stock. I realize that the riser can be added later; but is it difficult (especially as compared to initial setup)? The obvious answer is “it depends on what I want to cut”... but that said, I m clearly a newbie just getting into woodworking, and frankly don t know.

If this will be your one and only bandsaw and you think you might want to install the riser block at some point, get it up front. Otherwise you’ll have to replace all your blades when you add the riser. Or you could skip the riser block and buy a bigger bandsaw later, using that one for ripping and resawing and the G0555LANV for cutting curves.

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