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hairy

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1895 days ago

Any thoughts on these? The specs and price look real good.Thanks up front.

http://www.woodcraft.com/product.aspx?ProductID=842719&FamilyID=21204

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ellen35

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#1 posted 1895 days ago

Grizzley G0555 is on sale for $395 + ship.
1 h motor in Grizz vs 1.5 in SS.
I have the Grizz – does a very nice job.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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DaleM

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#2 posted 1895 days ago

I’ve got the same thing, but with a cast-iron top. It even says 14” deluxe granite on the base, but I guess they had to sell out the remaining supply of cast iron tops so I got a good deal from Highland Woodworking. I don’t have much to compare it to since I hadn’t used one in years and that one wasn’t mine and I don’t remember the brand. I will tell you, however, that I am very pleased with it. It is everything I was expecting from the specs and from the few reviews I found on it, one of which was here on LJs by GaryK. I got a package deal with the riser kit and I added a woodslicer blade from Highland Woodworking for $30. I’ve resawed up to 10” white oak with absolutely no problems and got a very smooth, straight cut even with my limited experience. Setup was so easy that I only needed help with one thing and that was only because I was adding the riser and even then it was only for my 8 year old son to put a bolt in place and thread the nut on loosely to hold it in place while I held the top piece. It runs quiet and smooth. No tracking issues. It was slightly off after setup but I spun the wheel by hand a couple times while adjusting it and the blade centered up on the wheels no problem. The table on mine is very flat and tilts easily, but since you are getting the granite table, I guess you don’t really care about that. The blade guides are easy to adjust. I did move the motor over, no more than 1/16” as it didn’t appear to be perfectly aligned with the pulley on the lower wheel after my initial setup, but not sure if that was even necessary. Any questions, just let me know, I’ll be happy to answer them.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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hairy

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#3 posted 1895 days ago

I put my old Delta, vintage 1940’s, up for sale. I’m needing one with dust collection to set up in the basement.This Steel City has everything I need.

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RedShirt013

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#4 posted 1895 days ago

I have the standard 6” resaw capcity one which is likely the same thing except for the cast iron frame. I found it very solid. I don’t have any issue with the granite table, except one bolt hole for the rails need a bit of filing at the threads. Granite table is flat at the bottom and easy for clamping anything. Has 2 trunnions for the table makes it very stable, and good blade guides. Hard to see through the little window on the blade guard. Comes with a light mounted on the machine which is very handy, although it’s not wired to to BS on/off switch. Base is slightly unstable but machine wobbles only slightly when starting and stopping, and also comes with an integral mobile base which works alright. Iron Wheels are aligned on plane quite close, motor and wheel pully is right on. Fence locks pretty well but it’s not too tall like some others for resawing, but it does come with a cylindrical post for resawing, kinda like the kreg system. I don’t have the riser block but plenty of power when I did resaw a 4”+ red oak. A good sized and long handle makes tension release easy. Even comes with an extra vinyl throat place for make a zero clearance insert. One thing to note is in terms of dust collection, the hose doesn’t connect near the lower guide bearings like some bandsaws does. For this one the 4” port is near the bottom of the machine with a little tray inside to catch sawdust, which I consider slightly less effective.

-- Ed

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1894 days ago

I’m with Ellen go Grizzly.

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GaryK

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#6 posted 1894 days ago

You can read my review at http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/258

I’m happy with it. One thing I really like about it is to be able to use clamps easily on the top. Being solid granite I don’t have to deal with the ribs on the underside of a cast iron top.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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hairy

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#7 posted 1893 days ago

Thanks to all for the good advice. That’s one more thing I like about lumberjocks.

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Bill Akins

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#8 posted 1888 days ago

I picked up one at Highland last Saturday and love it!

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#9 posted 1886 days ago

I have this saw. I added the 6 inch riser block. 1.5 hp is enough to handle what I need. I’ve gotten cherry boards resawn down to about 1/16 when I was tuning it. I didn’t notice if they were offering the resaw fence with that one. If not, don’t worry. I have it and barely use it. I like the resaw fence/jig I made better!

In summary: Get it, don’t look back, you’ll love it.

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hairy

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#10 posted 1885 days ago

Thanks to all for the replies. I’m going to be keeping my 1940 something Delta, mainly because it didn’t sell. I had my son and 1 of his pals carry it to the basement for me. I have a good dust collector down there, and it seems to be doing a good job of keeping it clean. I will be installing the 6” riser someday, so I’ll probably be back asking for help about that.It really is a solid performing tool, but I was really tempted by that shiny new one.If I hit the lottery, or someone really has a great sale, two bandsaws could be in my future.

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GaryK

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#11 posted 1885 days ago

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Get the Steel City one with the riser and just use it for resawing.

BTW History channel all the way!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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