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bandsaw #3: Putzing around with the GO555P

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 08-22-2010 05:22 PM 1960 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The grizzly polar bear is up and running, but needs some fine tuning. As do I.
My band sawing skills are far from perfect. First run with re-sawing a log of scrap 4” cedar I did the following
1. forgot to set the tension on the initial cut…..so the blade wandered quite a bit
2. bolted the front fence rail too high so it wasn’t flush with the table….weird first cutting angles
3.was too lazy to set up the cyclone….there can’t be that much dust created right?
4. didn’t go get a mask or respirator…hey just a quick cut
5. left the blade guard up high after I got the log cut up into 3/4” slabs…. I didn’‘t cut myself ripping them
6. worked in the messiest garage you have ever seen….boxes, plastic bags, styrofoam, painting stuff all over and now cover in sawdust
7. Did I mention I have a slight allergy to cedar…..possibly not the brightest move to not control the dust or protect myself from it

I was stupid and rushing and excited with the new toy, but no excuses. I did wear ear and eye protection. Now I am just itchy and coughing up my lungs.
My shopvac cyclone is no match for this dust creating beast. I am going to have to get a more powerful vac system.
But first I need to clear out the garage and clean the life out of it….and finish painting the house before my wife kills me. I am getting that you don’t finish your projects look again from her.

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



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kwblack

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 10:32 PM

You have exactly the Grizzly I’ve been wanting, and saving up for. Looks great! Did you replace the blade>

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twokidsnosleep

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#2 posted 08-23-2010 02:23 AM

No I haven’t replaced the blade yet. It seems a timberwolf is the favorite for re-sawing.
I forgot to include it in my order and I wasn’t sure what length/width the blade would be with the riser kit (105”).
I also screwed up ordering the Shop Fox air filtration unit. I wanted 3 extra filters, but ordered 1 extra filter and 3 filtration units…..dummy. Maybe I will drive down and return them and buy the blade.
The saw is actually really good out of the box, almost a little too quiet and it is easy to forget and leave it running. She cross cuts like a hot knife through butter from the get go without any tuning up and using the OEM blade. Really digging the white color for the polar series. I will order more Grizzly stuff in the future. Go for it while it is on intro sale!!!

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

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Eagle1

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#3 posted 08-23-2010 12:07 PM

Sounds like you were a little excited with your new toy. I bought a grizzly a little while back. I really love it. I’m sure you will to as you get to know the saw better.

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

#4 posted 08-23-2010 01:51 PM

I have G0555 and, in my personal opinion the DC port is in the wrong place.
I use a Penn State Ind. 1.5 hp cyclone DC and connect with a 4” hose to a short pipe run to the cyclone.
The G0555 still spits up a pretty good spray of sawdust on the side where the blade goes up to the top wheel.
I love the saw but I want to change the port position.

Don

-- Will trade wife's yarn for tools.

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 08-24-2010 04:36 AM

Ya, I agree with you Don, lots of sawdust coming out of the right side of the machine around the table.
So with the Penn State unit, is it able to control the dust better??
I will have to move up from shop vac units I think if I want to preserve my lungs.

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

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 08-24-2010 04:44 AM

sounds like you’re over excited about this one and missed a few things on the way ;) I can FEEL the excitement.

just be careful – excitement and bandsaw don’t go together hand in hand – it seems like the safest tool in the shop, but it can get pretty ugly real fast. whatever you do – stay focused, and stay safe!

and enjoy!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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twokidsnosleep

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#7 posted 08-24-2010 06:09 AM

Thanks purp, good reminder.
I have given myself a time out from bandsaw use until I settle down and behave myself:)
The bigger problem now is I want a jointer

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

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Jack_T

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 12:50 AM

Wanting a pointer is not a problem. It is convincing your wife that the world will end tomorrow if you don’t get one today that is the problem.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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twokidsnosleep

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#9 posted 09-07-2010 04:30 AM

Very true Jack.
I have to ease her over the cost of the bandsaw and the few extra accouterments that came along with it.
I also have my eyes on floor tiles for the garage/shop….gonna wait until she is over the sticker shock from BS before I spring that on her. She is not so supportive of this hobby/habit unfortunately.

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

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