First band saw - grizzly vs used Delta?

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Forum topic by Miketw posted 12-29-2014 04:16 AM 2910 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2014 04:16 AM

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I am researching my first bandsaw for home use trying to stay under $600. So far a Grizzly G0555 or G0555LX looks best and they have free shipping this week on some 14” bandsaws.
I came across this ad in my local Craigslist for a used Delta and would appreciate sny advice about my choices for a bandsaw. It is described as 12” 28-216 (which I have seen referred to as 14” online, but I can’t find much else about it via Internet search). I was hoping one of you had more info or experience with the model.


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#1 posted 12-29-2014 04:25 AM

550 for the saw seems a little high but it is a nice saw.I like that sander

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#2 posted 12-29-2014 08:02 AM

Delta is best known for their 14” bandsaws, which that one looks like. But it could be a 12”. I’d check with the seller. 14” is really better. Also, I’d want to know how much use all those extra blades have had. If they’re dull, they aren’t a worthwhile bonus.

The Grizzly is a well-liked machine around here, and you would have warranty and good parts availability.

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#3 posted 12-29-2014 08:18 AM

Delta looks in great shape, has a nice t-track resaw fence and riser already installed, and comes with 6 new woodslicer blades.. easy decision.


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#4 posted 12-29-2014 12:16 PM

Hmmm… I really like my Grizzly G0555LANV. With shipping you’re at $524… get a new blade and you’re good to go… you get a new saw warranty… But the Delta be well taken care of- has a riser- I’d sure check it out. If it runs good, I would lean toward the Delta.

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#5 posted 12-29-2014 12:55 PM

I just bought the grizzly 555 lanv. It’s a good saw, and I really like the looks of it. I didn’t get the free shipping on the 555 but got 5% off on a coupon on the catalog they sent me. I’m like most others here that delta really looks good. I would consider both. The Delta is used and it’s yours when you buy it, but if it works good when you buy it it should not give you any trouble. Hard decision. Flip a coin I guess. Good luck either way.

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#6 posted 12-29-2014 01:07 PM

It seems like most every new tool needs a few things to get it up to the optimum performance level or “tweaks” from the pics it looks to be a pretty well set up shop with a good craftsman that takes the time to cover his tools with sheets to keep the dust down. That kind of attention to detail would lead me to believe the owner is just as picky or OCD about the condition/care/performance of his tools. When you add up the add-ons to the saw it’s a much more complete package, but there’s also always a lot of ‘Dickering” with CL and I usually post high to leave room for a buyer to get a “deal”. It is definitely worth the time to go and look at, I’d have $450 cash in one pocket and 5 $20’s in another to see how much cushion the seller has built in.

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#7 posted 12-29-2014 01:46 PM

I’m on the same page as Chef, make him a low ball offer say around $250 with a max purchase of between $375 and $400 if he doesn’t budge then go for the Grizz, I have the GO555P with riser, the riser on the GO555 will give you 13” clearance from the top of table to the bottom of the guides in full up position, you will lose one inch between the up riser and the blade due to the girth of the riser making it 13” instead of 14” one thing you have to consider is the riser kit which is going to cost at around $75 on the Grizz.

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#8 posted 12-29-2014 10:23 PM

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money look at the Craftsman 14”. It’s made by Rikon and accessories for the Rikon 10-321 fit.

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 03:40 AM

I really appreciate all of you getting back to me so quickly. The seller responded to me with additional info. It’s a 1 1/2 HP saw with a 2002 serial number. The only problem is between our two schedules, I would be able to see it until after 12/31 when the free shipping at Grizzly expires. If I could find a working 5-10% coupons code for Grizzly I’d probably order a new saw from them today or tomorrow. Does anyone have an unused code? Thanks again.

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