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Grizzly GO513x or x2 #1: Any comments on 17" Grizzly bandsaw

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Blog entry by waynet posted 11-20-2007 04:59 PM 6230 reads 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi guys:

Sorry I haven’t been in the group lately but between work and a tennis elbow (probably from trying to manuver 4×8 sheets of 3/4 in plywood around) I’ve been out of the shop and not doing what I like to do most.

I do have a question, have any of you had any experience with the Grizzly GO513X or X2 ( the only difference being the X2 has a cast iron trunnion. I just wanted to know how owners like the unit and if they have found any shortfall. I’m finely pulling the trigger and getting a Griz G1023SLW and the band saw. I see a lot of comments on the table saw but very little on the 17” band saw and I’d like to get some feedback.

WayneT

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 11-20-2007 06:58 PM

I have the G0513 with the aluminum wheels. If you can get the cast iron that is always a better way to go. It makes for a heavier machine with less vibration, assuming that it is true and balanced.

Back to my model, I have had a really good experience with it. It has no upgrade features except for a taller fence and I have not even needed it. I can draw a line on a piece of wood and track it so accurately that it is hard to believe. The table is bigger than on a 14” model and it has so much more power it seems to cut through wood like butter. Make that buttah!

Here is a shot of resawing curly spalted maple for my bookcase.

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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waynet

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#2 posted 11-20-2007 07:08 PM

Thanks Todd. I was told that you can purchase the cast iron trunnion from Grizzly for $79 for the 513. For me it’s an extra $100 for the x2, the 513x is on sale right now for $850 but I figured that by the time I upgrade and pay the freight it’ll be the same price. The only upside is I have a spare trunnion!

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#3 posted 11-20-2007 11:32 PM

I got one, certainly is powerful. Rips through 12” mesquite easy enough. Got it on sale. for a few grand more you can get a Laguna.

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waynet

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#4 posted 11-21-2007 12:15 AM

Who’s got the few grand?

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 11-21-2007 01:32 AM

I have to say that what I paid for my bandsaw you can now purchase the “Extreme Z” model. It has the cast iron wheels and everything.

This bandsaw hands down beats my old 14” Jet with riser blocks, Carter guides, and a GE 1 1/2 hp replacement motor. The resaw capacity is still only 12” but I have been very happy with the unit.

My dream bandsaw would be a Laguna.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 11-21-2007 01:33 AM

Oh one more thing about bandsaws of this style, the dust collection on them actually works really well.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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waynet

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#7 posted 11-21-2007 01:53 AM

You sold me so good that I went ahead and ordered the 514X2 with the cast iron trunnion and the lockdown table. I figured I still have at lease 20 years in me to build small to medium sized pieces and I use a band saw sometimes more than my table saw. I’ll let you know how it is after I get it delivered.

By the way Todd what sized saws do you use on your work in general.

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 11-21-2007 02:07 AM

I have a 1” for resawing. I think that it came with a 3/4” blade which is my general purpose blade and then I also bought a 1/4” blade for tighter curves. The blades are really reasonable for the saw. I have to be honest I am in Ohio and that saw is in my shop in Montana so I can’t remember exactly what I have. I use the Jet 14” here in Ohio.

Here are a couple more shots from building the eco sofa table.

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SV100647

I just love the table on this thing, it is a nice size and height. I also have it on a mobile base.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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BlueStingrayBoots

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#9 posted 11-21-2007 02:43 AM

Inflation and gas prices what they are, believe me a few grand aint what it used to be. Now is the time to buy.
I think you made the right choice. Concider Woodmizer 10pack blades.

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waynet

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#10 posted 11-21-2007 03:13 AM

Thanks, I’ll look them up.

-- Wayne, Tennessee Mallard Design

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 11-21-2007 12:51 PM

Well I certainly can’t go hunting you you big dogs – but I have the Grizzly Ultimate 14” BS. I’ve had it a couple of years and have nothing but good things to say about it. I don’t have the riser block, so I’m limited to 6” on the resaw – but for the small projects that I like to build, that’s plenty. Todd, I agree with you, the Grizzly’s dust collection port works like a charm. Wayne, I hope that you enjoy your new saw, I’ll be looking for your post on it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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RJones

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#12 posted 12-13-2007 08:21 PM

Thanks guys!! So I have been looking at the G0457 for awhile now (just waiting for that one project to justify the purchase) and didn’t realize the G0513 was only $50 more is this a no brainer or what?? BTW I have a POS Rigid but it’s getting time to let it go!

RJ

-- http://rjoneswoodworks.com/

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