Grizzly GO513X Band Saw

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Blog entry by woodup posted 03-15-2008 04:54 AM 4619 reads 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’m taking a plunge in getting a bigger bandsaw! I’ve been tracking bandsaws on ebay and finally a used go513x popped up for local pick up. It was a little agonizing waiting for the auction to come to an end but very exciting to get the winning bid. I should be picking it up tomorrow. It will be a week or so before it’s set up since I’ll be getting some help in wiring for 220V. I am just so excited. Better wait until it’s safely in the garage working before I celebrate too much!


This is the ebay picture. I guess beauty is in the eye of the beholder…. lol

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 04:56 AM

Pretty good looking!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 05:01 AM

lucky buy. looks like a good one.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 06:44 AM

That is a nice looking saw. I am sure that you are imagining the possibilities even now.

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 01:15 PM

this is a great saw. congrats. It is heavy as heck so be careful moving it.

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 01:45 PM

Let me know how you make out the first time you try to resaw. Looks like a keeper. Have fun with your new toy!!!

-- kstenzel

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 03:21 PM

looks like a great bandsaw. congratulations. make sure to tell us how it works!

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#7 posted 03-15-2008 03:46 PM

I’m jealous…I bought mine brand new…and am just starting to use it. If you need copies of manuals, let me know…they should be available online, but you never know. So far, I love my 513x…if one can love a chunk of metal…congrats.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#8 posted 03-15-2008 06:25 PM

I just dropped it of in the garage! The previous owner bought it new just less than 2 years ago. He was primarily using it to mill small cedar logs. I think a tire came off and the blade broke and jammed into the table. I don’t think he has used it since that event. I’m hoping that a little T.L.C. will bring it back to life. I will order the tire and table insert replacements today or Monday from Grizzly. Should cost less than $20. He gave me two additional blades.


Damage to lower door.


The guide arm does not move smothly up and down and I’m not sure if some bending has occured or it just needs oiled.


The table top should clean up easy enough. Hard to see in this picture but the blade must have started to cut into the table top as well. My guess is that the previous owner was trying to back out of a cut and pulled the blade forward causing it to cut into the saw and break the blade.


Overall I think it was a great purchase. I’m going to read the manual (came with it, Barry, thanks for the offer)
and figure out what needs to be tightened, loosened or just oiled. Thanks for sharing in my ‘new’ toy excitement! I’ll try to update how the ‘refurbished’ process goes.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#9 posted 03-16-2008 06:12 AM

Hey Mike, that really is a BIG saw! It looks to be in good condition ready to generate a lot of sawdust. Congrats on a super find. Thanks for sharing your excitement…..enjoy!

-- Pat, Hoover,AL Fresh cut wood smells almost as good as fresh baked bread!

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#10 posted 03-17-2008 07:57 PM

Just purchased about $60 worth of replacement parts. They should be here in a week. The Beast is now cleaned, shined, and waiting… I’ll keep the refurbish progress posted

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#11 posted 04-06-2008 06:26 AM

So…. I’ve got a mobile base for the saw, the power is hooked up, and tonight I finally read the manual of how to apply the blade. Everything sounds pretty good and the blade tracks nicely. I’m learning as I go on how to adjust and align. The blade is 1/2” and I think it’s not in good shape. It is causing wood burn on the left side of my cuts. My guide arm may also be a little out of alignment. I set it while in the up position and when in a much lower position it contacts the right bearing. Guess I may need to align with changes in height. Next on the list is to get some better blades (the Wood Slicer is on my wish list) and figure out how to hook up my lowly shop vac to the two dust collector ports on the saw. It felt really good to finally cut some wood even with the blade burning the wood.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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