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Grizzly G0513x2 bandsaw- will it tension a 3/4" 2-3tpi resaw blade? Thinner blades on blade guides?

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Forum topic by ElChe posted 12-17-2014 02:20 AM 1064 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ElChe

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12-17-2014 02:20 AM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly band saw bandsaw g0513x2 lennox timberwolf blade

Just ordered this band saw. I want to order a resaw blade but not a Timberwolf. More likely a Lennox bimetal for durability. Will this saw handle a 3/4” 2-3tpi blade? I.e. tension and track this width blade? If not bimetal then carbon?

Also I want to get a 1/4” and 3/8” blades for curves/contours. Any concerns with the blade guides with the1/4” blade? I don’t do scrolling so 1/4” will be the smallest width. Thanks for your help. Tom

P.S. Why not Timberwolf? Durability and also a couple of bad welds. I don’t need a super clean cut because I always finish boards with hand plane. Lennox blades stay sharp longer although the initial cuts with TW is nothing short of amazing.

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


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#1 posted 12-17-2014 07:49 AM

That’s a heavy duty bandsaw. It should handle that blade with no problems. Can’t advise about the blade guides w/ 1/4” blade.

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 01:22 AM

I have no problems tensioning 3/4” or 1” blades on my 17” Extreme Series Grizz like yours. I have never had a bad TW blade like others talk about. My favorite resaw blade is a 3/4” 2-3 variable tooth , bimetallic Timberwolf. They are not cheap but last well for me and I resaw tough woods like Jatoba and Hedge.

No problems using 1/4” blades on this saw with stock guides. I bought a Carter Stabilizer which makes blade changes effortless (no adjusting all the guides).

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#3 posted 12-18-2014 03:19 AM

Thanks for the info guys. I may need to give Suffolk another chance. Years ago I bought a 1/2” and 1/4” TW and the welds were terrible. I managed to get them serviceable with judicious filing but ruined a thrust bearing before I figured out the weld was bad. I’ve also heard the Highland woodslicer is an excellent resaw blade so may take a look at that. The best blades I ever got were from BC Saw but they were bought by a large company since I last ordered from them. The guy that did welds for them was a magician. I’ve also gotten some Lennox and Starrett blades from Iturra with excellent welds. And also Spectrum Supply. New toy. So many options. 131.5 blades are PRICEY!!!

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

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#4 posted 12-18-2014 06:48 AM

if your gonna do scrolling you need the carter stabilizer like GF said, I have the same saw and it’s made for heavy work

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 06:26 PM



I have no problems tensioning 3/4” or 1” blades on my 17” Extreme Series Grizz like yours. I have never had a bad TW blade like others talk about. My favorite resaw blade is a 3/4” 2-3 variable tooth , bimetallic Timberwolf. They are not cheap but last well for me and I resaw tough woods like Jatoba and Hedge.

I’m trying to get that 3/4” 2-3tpi timberwolf resaw blade going on my 17” grizzly G0513 and can’t seem to get the tension right, even after following their instructions.. supposed to be a ‘low-tension’ blade but only seems to flutter at the higher end of the tension gauge? seems to run smooth when run at very low tension, but wants to walk to the right on most cuts…. i dont understand what’s going on.

just as a starting point, where on the grizzly tensionometer do you have yours set to?

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 12:30 AM

I have the tension set on just over 4 on my saw and no tracking or blade drift problems. Note that my 3/4” 2-3 TPI is a bi-metallic blade.

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