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Forum topic by Sigo posted 03-31-2015 06:41 PM 774 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2015 06:41 PM

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I just purchased a Grizzly G0555LANV 14” Deluxe Bandsaw along with a Shop Fox mobile base. The base, set at it’s minimum size is still too big. I realize that I can either add a plywood platform or cut the extensions to make them shorter. Has anyone cut the extensions and later regretted it? Would appreciate your thoughts.

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#1 posted 04-06-2015 03:21 PM

I think that Grizzly has 2 sizes of Shop Fox bases. Is it possible that you ordered the large one and should have gotten the small one? I’d call Grizzly customer support and get their input, especially if they recommended the base you got for that saw.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 04-06-2015 03:31 PM

Sounds like a job for our friend the hacksaw.

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#3 posted 04-06-2015 04:40 PM

If it is the type that has the cross bars that are just held in place by the friction of two bolts with a locking nut at each end, Soob is quite correct with the hack saw suggestion. If it is the type that the bolts actually are threaded into the cross bar, you have the wrong size.

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#4 posted 04-06-2015 04:45 PM

Instructions should tell you to cut the crossbars. The only regret would be if you wanted to use the base on a different, larger tool later.

-- "Good judgement is the result of experience. A lot of experience is the result of poor judgement."

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#5 posted 04-06-2015 04:52 PM

I can’t directly address your situationas I don’t have either that bandsaw or that mobile base.

When I bought my 17” grizzly bandsaw I happened to have a HTC mobile base. This base has the rectangular
steel channel with threaded bolt holes every inch. I considered adjusting the mobile base to just fit around the bandsaw’s base. Then I remembered my drill press and how tippy it was. So I expanded the base front-to-back to be the same size as the bandsaw’s table (front-to-back). Of course this prevented the corner tabs on the base from intersecting the corners of the bandsaw. Additionally, I confirmed with Grizzly that the sides of any mobile base would prevent the bottom door from opening. So, I added a 1/16” steel plate the size of the mobile base and on top of it I added a piece of 3/4” plywood. The door opens and after two years I have not noticed any sag in the base.

If I had the time to do it over I would add another piece of steel above the plywood forming a sandwich of steel, ply, steel. But then I am constantly being accused of over engineering things.

I hope this helps with your project.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 04-06-2015 06:12 PM

I have the Shopfox version of your grizzly band saw, and the small size Shopfox base. I went with the plywood platform route. Works fine. I didn’t want to hack up the base and worry about refinishing the cut ends to prevent rust.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#7 posted 04-07-2015 05:40 PM

I just bought the Grizzly G0513ANV and also the Shopfox heavy duty mobile base. For mine, I just cut two of the rectangular tubes to length so that the four sides of the base cradles the base of the saw. I had to do the same with my G0691 table saw because I accidentally bought the super heavy duty base which has a larger minimum footprint than the normal heavy duty base. It didn’t take long to cut the tubes with a hacksaw.
For the door/bolt clearance issue, I’m just going to cut down the bolts.

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