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bandsaw #6: Timberwolf 3tpi beast

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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 1412 days ago 853 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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More putzing about with the G0555P Grizzly Polar Bear.

Installed a Grizzly resaw fence that came separate from my initial order
Installed Timberwolf 1/2” 3 tpi blade
Cleaned her up and fiddled with the blade tension, centering, cleaned the wheels and adjusted the tracking.

Saw was good before, but now it is a beast!! I cut a small pine log with the original blade; there was smoking like crazy and barreling the whole way along…the wood was warped and pretty much useless.
With the Timberwolf, I cut through some oak and it tracked straight and true, minimal effort. I cleaned up some of the pine that I had wrecked with the other blade.
Glad I got a better blade for the saw.

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



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twokidsnosleep

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#1 posted 1412 days ago

Oh, I have to add I did the Timberwolf resaw with the tension off again..oh vey!

I spent 30 min fiddling with it and adjusting and re-adjusting then left the darn lever un-tensioned again.
Unreal. I have a sign over the start button that says “check tension lever, Dummy!” still cut with it off.
I also blew the breaker on the first power up with the new blade…too many things on at the same time and hopefully not a harbinger of electrical probs for my garage.

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

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#2 posted 1411 days ago

I have to agree I like the Timberwolf blades also. The one that I got with my Grizzly was C**p.

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

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#3 posted 1411 days ago

I have to agree as well, Scott. I never even bothered to install the blades the came with my saw. The Timberwolf blade on my saw walked right through a cherry log and produced a clean, burn free cut when I cut it into 2” slabs.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 1411 days ago

Ya guys, it is an amazing difference. Grizzly should really not sell the unit with such a weak blade as it makes one question the purchase. I was pretty worried when I destroyed the test oak logs with warped and distorted cuts and was re-thinking my purchase. Now I am stoked to get to the pear and maple I have waiting for a project.

Sad thing is I see solid oak tool boxes at Grizzly for $18…5 dividers and lined with felt. Tool cabinets with 8 lined drawers for $40. I can’t make things that cheap when I account my time and materials even if I get free wood.
I have to focus on how much satisfaction you can get in making something yourself and time well spent working with your hands. Still

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

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