I don't get this. Grizzly bandsaws

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Forum topic by rantingrich posted 12-27-2014 11:30 AM 1469 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2014 11:30 AM

I do not get why Grizzly has so many different versions of their 14 inch band saws. They all have roller bearings.

-- Rich

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 12:14 PM

You can see on the higher priced ones that they have bigger motors. Also the closed stand, fence, light. Options, like on a car I would think

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#2 posted 12-27-2014 12:39 PM

it’s mostly smaller things. tilt of table, and accessories. There are some motor changes between the lesser priced one’s and more expensive one’s. Thing is, they haven’t really changed much in the 10 years that I’ve had mine.

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 12:42 PM

I was looking at the same thing. Not sure if there is much difference between the ones I looked at other than cast aluminum wheels vs cast iron. Oh btw does anyone have a grizzly coupon they are not going to use. I’m thinking about getting the anniversary 14” bandsaw.

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 01:14 PM

As stated, the horsepower, stand (open – closed) but also resaw capacity would be a factor in the pricing. While I don’t stress my bandsaw too much, I feel like 1 HP would be the minimum to choose.

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#5 posted 12-27-2014 01:36 PM

Its called marketing. The sales department has control of the final product.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#6 posted 12-27-2014 02:29 PM

It’s marketing, but smart. With these small, incremental increases, you might be looking into a mid-ranged model, then think to yourself, I can afford that next higher one with the slightly bigger table, fence, etc. Cost for them is negligible, profit is max.
Like on mine – did I need the electric brake and foot pedal? Not really, but I popped since I do a lot of start/stop bandsawing with my boxes where I have to pull the wood back off the blade, and having that blade stop in 3 seconds, rather than waiting every time for the cast wheels to drift to a stop is a blessing.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#7 posted 12-27-2014 05:15 PM

AS far as the 14 inch line I would THINK you would want a low, medium and higher end in the 14 inch election

-- Rich

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 04:37 AM

I assume your not in the band saw market and just browsing grizzly and asking questions. Once you find yourself in the market you will likely find your own answers the more you divulge into spending your money.

Once you start looking for yourself you will quickly find not all 14” band saws are quite like the other.

I assume you are just ranting though.


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#9 posted 12-29-2014 09:15 PM

I would have loved to have a brake on my 1023. I find myself sitting there
staring at the blade reminding myself that even though it’s off, the force
behind that rotational momentum is quite strong so keep your bloody fingers
away from that cutoff until it comes to a complete stop.

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#10 posted 12-29-2014 09:28 PM

skatefriday, to be honest, that turned out to be one of the smartest things I have bought in a few years on major tools. I cannot tell you how many hours to date that brake has saved me, but it is a lot. Even after two years, I still have yet to adjust the brake, even though the manual says after a while you may have to adjust the braking mechanism, since it will wear over time. For me, it still stops the blade in 3 seconds or so, no matter if it is a 1/2” blade, or 3/16” blade.
I often now wait impatiently on my Porter Cable 14” bandsaw, even though that only takes about 10-12 seconds to stop. And my table saw irritates me with how long I have to wait for that blade to stop!
It spoils you!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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