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Forum topic by mzimmers posted 12-04-2014 03:17 PM 917 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mzimmers

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12-04-2014 03:17 PM

...this month, they have a few bandsaws they’re offering free shipping on. It’s about a 10-20% discount, depending.

Anyone want to talk me into (or out of) one of these? The local used market (judging by CL ads) is bone dry. I just need something for minor resaws and making thinner cuts than I can do with a circular blade. Fence and miter slot is vital to me, though.

Thanks for any input…I always value the opinions of people here.

-- M. Zimmers


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Bill White

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 04:41 PM

Take a good look at the Griz 0555LX 14”.
Bill

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 04:49 PM

I have the Grizzly 0555LANV which is the anniversary edition. No different, just a black paint color. I also have the riser block.

If you want to resaw, I’d get the riser block.

No complaints from me about the saw. I really like mine.

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

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 04:52 PM

http://www.grizzly.com/products/category/420000

I’d get this one if possible: 2hp

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 04:58 PM

I’ve had a good number of Grizzly tools and have been very happy with the service they have provided over a good number of years.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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mzimmers

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 06:01 PM

Thanks for the replies, guys. I think I’ve narrowed it down to the G0555LX that Bill recommended, or the G0555X. For $300 over the G0555LX, I get 1/2HP bigger motor, a much bigger table, and a light (believe me, I’d add one if I had to).

I don’t think I need the 17” saw that waho suggested.

If I’m reading the specs correctly, the models I’m looking at will accommodate up to 6” so I can resaw 2×6, right? That’s probably as wide as I’d need to go.

I still welcome all input.

-- M. Zimmers

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mzimmers

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 07:09 PM

OK, I’ve been overanalyzing this all month…time to do something. I’ve decided that I really do want at least a 1.5 HP motor, so I’ve ruled out the G0555LX. Now it’s either this:

G0555X

or:

G0513ANV

I need some words to nudge me in one direction over the other…help! (and thanks)

-- M. Zimmers

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jmartel

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 07:20 PM

Get the 513. It’s a better saw, and you already get the full 12” resaw capacity without having to buy a riser block. Plus you have a greater throat depth. No brainer.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2015 12:55 AM

I have read thru this thread and do not read what you are going to use the band saw to do. Before you decide which saw, I think you should make a list of how you will use it and this should make it easier to figure out if you need a 17” or 14” saw.

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mzimmers

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#9 posted 01-01-2015 01:17 AM

That’s a very fair question. I probably don’t need the 17” for immediate needs, which would be cutting small pieces, making curved cuts and minimal resawing. As long as I’m buying one, though, I’d like to get one that can resaw, as I’d like to start doing this.

As it turns out, I didn’t order anything today. I was filling out the online order stuff, got to where they offer the liftgate option, looked at the video, and had concerns about whether they could deliver to my home (on a cul de sac). I tried calling them, and they closed.

Oh well…no enormous loss. I guess I’ll wait for a Laguna sale at Woodcraft.

-- M. Zimmers

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Redoak49

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#10 posted 01-01-2015 12:45 PM

I am glad you gave it some thought about how you will use it. I have a 16” Jet which I use mainly to resaw and cut larger pieces. I found it was not so good with smaller blades and tight turns. I recently bought the 10” Rikon for filing more detailed work. I use it for making toys for grandkids with 3/16” blades. It only cost $189 on sale and a good addition to my shop.

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