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Dustin

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#1 posted 03-16-2017 12:24 PM



Now that I have had my saw for a few weeks, I thought that I would post some of my thoughts. As I stated previously, this is the very first bandsaw that I have ever used, so I don t have anything to compare it to. That being said, I was dead on when I stated that I was going to be making some sawdust. Wow! This thing makes piles and piles of it!

Pros:
Fit and finish are great. A little tedious to assemble, but not difficult. Fence locks down securely and everything is easy to use. Power is solid. The included 3/8” blade cut through everything that I threw at it. ( I did break that blade within the first week, but I have no doubt that it was due to my lack of knowledge as opposed to any lack of quality).

Cons:
Dust collection port seems pretty useless. I haven t found no a fitting that will allow me to reduce it to a 2.5” shop vac. I HATE applying any stick on measuring tape. They are ridiculously difficult to get perfect and inevitably vary from actual distances. Also, I purchased a 1/2” Bosch blade from a home center because I am working on a project that requires some resawing. The blade (which had really mixed reviews) bogged down the motor to a complete stop. I also discovered that after the motor bogged down, one of the lower blade guide bearing housings was cracked. I put on the replacement 3/8” blade that I ordered from Grizzly and everything is working fine now.

All in all, I am very pleased with this saw and would recommend to anyone. I will be contacting Grizzly about the cracked bearing housing. I also want to reinstall the 1/2” Bosch blade to see if I screwed something up the first time. Hope anyone interested in this saw finds this useful.

- PlanBWoodworks

Good luck when you contact Grizzly, but if my past experience is any indicator, you’re in good hands. Their customer service has always been excellent to me.

As for your shop vac issue, I found a solution with mine (temporarily) by using the 4” to 2.5” reducer that came with my Dewalt planer, though I did have to put a single wind of painter tape on the bandsaw port to snug it up. I quickly found out that even with a short run to a large shop vac, the dust collection was lousy. Once I put on a dust right fitting from Rockler and plugged in my DC, it worked much better, even through a long hose connected to a weaker DC (the HF 2hp).

Also, as far as blades go, if you’re not in a hurry I’d look at Highland Woodworking. I have one of their “green wood” blades on my G0555LANV and it works great. I also have a 1/2” 3tpi from Timberwolf that resaws very nicely.

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