bandsaw #1: pulled the BS trigger...hmm,that sounds weird

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 08-10-2010 06:29 AM 1302 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Darn, I didn’t win the Laguna 18” saw from their summer contest.

So after poking around Craig’s List and local tool shops with no real inspiration I ordered a new band-saw online tonight. I went for the Griz GO555P and ordered a mobile base, a riser kit and a re-saw fence. While I was at it I got a small wall mount Shop Fox air filter as I am tying to control the dust in the garage. My little guy said the square 17” saw looks better, but it is too big, too much $ and runs 220 which I don’t have…yet.

I also get to clear out the garage and start transforming it into more of a wood shop in Sept, hopefully in time for my new purchase’s arrival. Friends that moved overseas over 7 yrs ago stored stuff in our then new house’s garage which was of course empty….not so much now. So the BS and shop will have more space and I won’t be tripping over things. The saw will really open up re-sawing boards and small logs I have been stockpiling and get me going on two projects; a clock for my daughter and a tea chest/box for my mom….hopefully by Christmas they will get done. Better get making a re-saw jig so I am all ready to cut/roll whatever.
Little freaked over shipping of such a large piece of equipment to my door….fingers crossed!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#1 posted 08-10-2010 11:04 AM

Congrats on the new purchase, and on the expansion of your shop space! You’re living my dream with that saw…one day I’d love to have something similar, too. I look forward to seeing all the cool stuff you’ll make with resawn lumber.

-- Robb

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#2 posted 08-10-2010 11:15 AM

Glad to see you get a new purchase. I looked at it in the catalog. Looks great. I’m sure that you will get a lot of pleasure out of it. I’m glad you got the riser kit. My first bandsaw has a 6” resaw. My new one has 12”. If I knew how much better it is to have the 12”, I would have done it earlier.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 08-10-2010 11:32 AM

It’s always nice to be anticipating the arrival of a new piece of equipment that will make your shop a more enjoyable place to work and also more efficient. I hope that it will arrive in good shape and that you enjoy it very much.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 08-10-2010 03:36 PM

Congrats on the new equipment, a welcome addition to any shop. As with all tools and especially with the band saw set up is key to a great performing saw. Grizzly make a wonder BS, I’m the owner of the G0457 and it has been a workhouse and money saver since purchase. Please enjoy your new BS and stay safe…BC

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 03:21 AM

Thanks guys. I can’t wait to get re-sawing some of the wood I have. Really stoked to get the garage back from being general junk storage space.
The re-saw fence is on back order until August 28th so I have a couple of weeks to study up on bandsaw safety, tuning and the like. I did order a couple of bs books but stupidly I didn’t order another blade so will have to use figure that out too.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 05:32 PM

It shipped Friday afternoon
Fingers crossed

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 06:34 AM

Well, here we go. Problems with UPS, not with Grizzly.
Numerous panic phone calls requiring me to go back to the office and re-fax paperwork I had already faxed. I have spent 4 days up/down ladders and leaning out three storey windows to repaint the house. Nothing like climbing down a ladder soaked from 30degree C heat and running for these phone calls.
Delivery was promised today between 1 and 4, phone call at 3 that the shipment was held up at customs and only released at 2. Can we deliver it tomorrow?
Now I have to wait until the 26th for my next week-day off as I have to be home. I would not ask my wife to haul 200 pounds off a UPS truck…she would kill me.
Oh well, looking forward to days off 27/27th.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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