i am upgrading to larger bandsaw - Delta to Grizzly

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12-14-2014 12:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: delta grizzly bandsaw upgrade

My faithful Delta 14” bandsaw is getting replaced. I’m done spending money to try to get it where I need it to be. So it’s going on Craigslist and I am now seriously looking at the Grizzly G0513x etc. I think I want the one with the cast iron trunnions and the roller guides. Not sure about the foot brake although I imagine those cast iron wheels take a while to come to a stop.

I will miss my Delta. But I’m excited about a new toy. :)

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#1 posted 12-14-2014 12:59 AM

I have the 17” Extreme Series Grizz and feel the cast iron trunions, cast iron wheels, and resaw fence more than justify the price. I don’t mind waiting for it to coast to a stop but it does take a while.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-14-2014 01:19 AM

Im starting to wonder what would be a fair price for my Delta bandsaw. 28-280 14” closed base with standard 6” resaw, 1 HP motor, cool blocks, mobile base, iturra design coil spring, iturra design spinner acme tension mechanism, iturra design improved upper wheel pivot hinge, wheel brush, fast track (pre Kreg) fence, and two brand new blades (timberwolf 1/8” and iturra 1/2” 3 tpi bladerunner resaw).

I’ve finally got the motor working right by tightening the pulley and it is cutting really well but I am wanting more capacity. Thoughts on a fair price?

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#3 posted 12-14-2014 01:26 AM

I have the Grizzly 14”, Love it

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#4 posted 12-14-2014 03:20 AM

Between $375 to $450

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 08:32 AM

I have this one and have never been disappointed in the past three years.
Buying one with the blade brake (3 seconds) was one of my best moves….................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 02:28 PM

I have the Grizzly with both the foot brake and the electric brake. Now I wonder why I ever had a saw without an electric brake. Well worth it.

And I think you will not get $375 to $450 for the Delta. I’d say closer to $300-325.

-- Paul, Tennessee,

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#7 posted 12-14-2014 02:29 PM

I have a 20” Grizzly and those big wheels can take a while to stop, the brake also turns off the power, so it can be handy. The cost of the blades was a bit of surprise, for that reason I still keep a little 9” bandsaw around for smaller scroll work (and blades that cost less than $8). A tall resaw fence I have found to be the best accessory yet added as it allows this beast to function as my own sawmill with a 1.3tpi 1 1/4” blade. In my area a closed base Delta in good shape, like yours would typically be priced in the $500 range, what it would actually sell for, who knows? If that were my saw, I wouldn’t let it go for less than $350.

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#8 posted 12-14-2014 04:00 PM

I got an old 20” powermatic with cast iron wheels and a foot brake off of CL about a year ago. I love it. You’ll enjoy the capacity and yes… those cast iron wheel will take forever to stop. Enjoy the new toy!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#9 posted 12-15-2014 01:01 AM

I recently bought a Grizzly 14” band saw, and those cast iron wheels take some time to stop on that saw too. No brake on this model. (G0555LX)

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#10 posted 12-15-2014 03:11 AM

Grizzly has quite a few of their ban saws on sale right now. Some has free shipping. I ordered a go 555 lanv Saturday. I also picked up the mobile base so I could move it around. The saw was 445.00 the base was around 60.00. Everything came to 570.00 including shipping. Hope I’ll get it by Wednesday. That’s what they said and I’ll have company to help unload it. I didn’t pay 35.00 extra for the tailgate lift. I’ve been looking around here some time for a saw and would have been glade to have your delta, If I hadn’t already bought one, but shipping that far might not work out, Money wise. The only saw I found here were a couple of used rigids for around 400.00 each. I thought about one of them but read about a lot of people having trouble with the motors being to weak. Any way check with grizzly. I also got 5% more off with a code on the back of their catalog.

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#11 posted 12-15-2014 06:06 PM

I’ll give a 100.00! jk

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#12 posted 12-16-2014 08:34 PM

As an update, I sold the band saw for $500 to a gentleman from Montana that wanted the exact saw I had for sale. And I had two other buyers also wanting the band saw in the wings. I was pleasantly surprised by the sale price. I ordered the Grizzly G0513×2 that comes with the cast iron trunnions. I was tempted by the brake but ultimately decided I can be patient while the wheels come to a stop as I needed the 300 bucks for … More tools. 3-5 days expected delivery. Also got the mobile base. Will need a longer cord than six feet and a plug. I will run it on 250v as I seriously doubt that wiring it for 125v with a two horse motor is a good idea. I’m excited. I have some 11” rift sawn mahogany that I want to resaw.

Question, does anyone run a 3/4” resaw blade on this saw? I am assuming it will handle a 3/4” 3 tpi resaw blade.

Cheers. Tom

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 12-17-2014 02:11 AM

Glad you made out well, the closed stand really makes a difference to many buyers.

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#14 posted 12-18-2014 01:29 AM

I have that Grizz and resaw with a 2-3 variable tooth, bimetallic Timberwolf blade. Not cheap but no drift and cuts like a dream in HARD woods.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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