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Forum topic by CoachSchroeder posted 02-04-2015 04:40 AM 1292 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CoachSchroeder

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02-04-2015 04:40 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw grizzly g0555lx

I’ve been talking about it for a fair while and my wife has finally relented. I’m going to buy a bandsaw.

Space isn’t a big issue in my 3 car gargageshop but I’m not interested in installing 220. I’ll probably be moving soon and don’t want to sink too many upgrades into my current starter home. So I’m really looking more towards the 1hp 14” type units to support my woodworking hobby.

I have some Ridgid tools that have served me well. So I’m not opposed to the new Ridgid model. However, Grizzly has free shipping on some bandsaws at the moment and it isn’t that much of a jump to the G0555LX and my research suggests this is a good move. I’m not sure I would care to spend much more than $500-600 though. My tool shopping list is just too long to start sinking a grand into every purchase. I’ve heard only good things about this unit. I feel pretty confident that this is what I want. I’m really just seeking affirmation and trusting this community to point it out if I am missing something (a different brand/model) or if buying this tool would be a mistake (I really haven’t found negative reviews beyond “someone dropped this during shipping… and grizzly took care of me”)

So….

Am I missing something?

I do feel a bit dumb posting this but this will be my most expensive tool purchase to date (not by much though) and the 1st transacted without actually getting my hands on the machine 1st.

Let me know guys.

Thanks in advance.

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin


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DW833

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 08:05 AM

I purchased the anniversary version of the same saw. Have had it for a couple of years. It has done everything I need ed from a bandsaw. There is no blade drift. Added a riser block when I first bought it. Although I haven’t used the riser block much, when I need it I’ve got it.

It has been a great saw and I have no problems with it.

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CoachSchroeder

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 05:15 AM



I purchased the anniversary version of the same saw. Have had it for a couple of years. It has done everything I need ed from a bandsaw. There is no blade drift. Added a riser block when I first bought it. Although I haven t used the riser block much, when I need it I ve got it.

It has been a great saw and I have no problems with it.

- DW833

Any reason you go the anniversary edition? Just liked the black?

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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jmartel

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 06:39 AM

I got the anniversary edition a little over a year ago. Got it due to it being lower cost. That’s all. It’s a good saw.

When you buy it, get the riser block and get a pair of blades from somewhere else. A 1/2” 3 or 4 tpi resaw blade and a 1/4” curve cutting blade. The stock ones aren’t really any good. Set it up per the Alex Snodgrass bandsaw clinic video and you should be good to go.

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

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iamwelty

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 11:29 AM

I too have the anniversary model. It was slightly cheaper when I bought mine. Same saw except Colorado scheme. Other than the scrappy stock blade there has been no negatives. Great service from Grizzly. Easy set up.

-- There is a fine line between eroticism and nausea...

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CoachSchroeder

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 11:11 PM

Thanks guys

-- -Sam, in Wisconsin

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Rob

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 12:57 AM

The Grizzly 555 series is pretty popular in this price range.

Regarding your question about how the Anniversary Edition differs from other models, Grizzly has a nice comparison tool on their website. A lot of the models are very similar but some have aluminum wheels vs. the more desirable cast iron wheels.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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Fish22

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 01:50 AM

I have the polar bear version (white), I got the riser block and bought a couple wood slicer blades from highland woodworking. I had an issue with installing the riser block, contacted grizzly and they offered to replace saw, but I wasn’t going to send it back. I eventually got it installed and am very happy with it.

-- Bryan, South River, NJ

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SouthpawCA

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#8 posted 02-05-2015 02:05 AM

I purchased the LX a year or so ago. In my opinion any of the G0555 series saws are good. I did have an issue, as did others I later found out, where the motor fan cover was dented. Grizzly sent out a new fan cover immediately. Ever since my bandsaw has been good to go. Easy to set up. Get the riser you never know when you might need to re-saw to get that bookmatched grain pattern.

-- Don

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#9 posted 02-05-2015 02:14 AM

Great saw for the price. I have one and it will work to its fullest extent. It the board will fit then it will cut it. Assuming you have the correct blade for the application.

-- Cypress Jake, New Orleans

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sawdustjunkie

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#10 posted 02-05-2015 04:33 AM

I also have the LANV model. I really like it. As others have said, get different blades. The stock one works ok but leaves a very rough kerf mark, that takes forever to sand out.
The only thing I have had a problem with is trying to use a 1’4” blade. I just can’t get it to stay on the wheels.
I was trying to make a band saw box and couldn’t keep the blade to stay put.

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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