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#1 posted 02-02-2018 07:11 PM

I have had the older version of that saw for about 7 years now and I’m quite satisfied with it. It has plenty of power and a good fence. One quirk is the 131 1/2” blade which is not a common size so I either order the blade from Grizzly or have it custom made….fortunately a local saw shop does that with no problem or extra expense. I see they have added a foot brake that my older one does not have.
One feature I wish mine had was easy removal of the top so blade changes and guide adjustments would be easier.
When sawing odd shaped wood on a band saw make sure you have good control of the wood so the saw blade does not torque, roll or otherwise deflect the movement while you are sawing. You can not only be injured but it will certainly damage the blade. Be careful. Be aware that bandsaws were originally designed to cut meat.

Here is a good video to watch on setting up the saw.

-- Les B, Oregon

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