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#1 posted 03-16-2017 01:13 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!

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).

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

As far as the shop vac connection goes, I cut the end connector off the end of my 2.5” hose and it slides on the port of my Jet bandsaw. It’s a very good fit. I’m not sure if yours is the same. Still not a great dust collector though.
Heres an older pic of mine.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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