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Forum topic by tooldad posted 09-02-2009 04:15 AM 1173 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2009 04:15 AM

Topic tags/keywords: band saw grizzly

Looking at a couple of the grizzly bandsaws to purchase for the school shop. G0457, which I think had good reviews in wood magazine, and the G0513, 17”. Both work out to be the same price in the end with shipping discounts. We want to do some resawing the in advanced classes, but mostly cutting out curved parts is what they will be used for. Both saws have comparable resaw capacities, and table size is not a huge issue going from 14” to 16”. Both are 2 hp.

Let me know your thoughts and experiences with either.

Thanks, tooldad

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#1 posted 09-02-2009 04:16 AM

PS the 17” model has a 131 1/2” blade, and the 14” 106 blade. I will need both 1/4” and either 3/4” or 1” for resawing blade sizes available. Any problems getting those sizes?

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#2 posted 09-02-2009 04:20 AM

I’ve had good lucK with Grizzly products.

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#3 posted 09-02-2009 04:21 AM

We’ve had good luck in the shop also, and I have some at home. Still a Delta/PC & Dewalt guy at heart, but money talks. Especially when I am told to watch the amount of fees I am charging the kids.

However, we love the jointers and the spiral head planers. I also have a shaper at home.

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#4 posted 09-02-2009 04:23 AM

if both are comparable, I think the larger wheel will have better rotational energy, so although both are 2HP motors- the 17” would feel more powerful.

how intricate are the curved cuts you intend to use it for? I would check what is the narrowest blade the saw can use – the bigger ones can only go so narrow – but the 17” should be OK I believe… better check though in the specs.

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#5 posted 09-02-2009 05:41 AM

We have the 17” grizzly and it is a nice one. The larger wheel the better (more torc). The blade will also last longer on the larger wheel (more teeth to do the same amount of cutting and less stress on the steel).

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#6 posted 09-03-2009 02:46 AM

I’ve bought about $4K of Grizzly equipment in the last few months and I’ve been really pleased, especially with the customer server. I have to say that the one piece of equipment I’ve been disappointed in quality-wise has been my Powermatic bandsaw. If I did it all over again that would be Grizzly, too.

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#7 posted 09-03-2009 03:09 AM

I’d have to say that Grizzly is about the best thing going these days in powertools. Their prices are great and the quality so far is very good….Customer support is excellent….so I do not think you can go wrong with them. That said..

I would suggest the G0513 17” bandsaw as it has a 12” resaw vs. a 10” on the G0457 14” bandsaw, the 513 will take up to a 1” blade vs the 3/4” max on the 457 (nicer for the resaw)...the table height of the 513 is a couple inches shorter 37 1/2” vs 42 1/4” for the 457…probably better for students. The folks above mentioned the bigger wheels….and the deeper throat cut…also a plus…

My only complaint about the 513 is the blade guides. I would swap out the Euro guides for roller bearing guides…(another $89.00 – but worth it as the rollers are stiffer and will not heat the blade as bad – not to mention straighter cuts and easier resawing). OR go for the G0513X2 – it has the heavier trunnions and the roller bearing guides for only $100.00 more. (Of course shipping on some of these are free..some cost).

If your students are going to do a lot of scrolling work, I would suggest getting the carter blade guide….it is spring loaded and lets the blade turn almost 90 degrees….since I bought that guide, I have almost eliminated any need to use a jig saw….that guide is excellent on these saws.

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 03:32 AM

Thanks for the input guys. My partner and I looked them over a little more closely and we said basically the same things that were said here. We currently have a Ridgid 14” and an Ace Hardware brand 14” that has gotten us by so far. So we have decided to go with the 17”. Reasons that set it apart for us: 1: the guides, 2: the option of 2 motor speeds, 3: up to a 1” blade. Mostly it will be set up for resawing, but it still can be used for our shelf brackets that we make in the freshman class.

Again, thanks. I will post pics and a review once it is here and running. Probably won’t have that till thanksgiving at least due to PO processes.

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