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Posted on My dream table saw and bandsaw... opinions?

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 07:56 PM

I have the 555X Extreme bandsaw. They didn’t have LX when I got mine a few years ago or I might have gone with that one. I like my bandsaw and I’m really glad I went with a model with cast iron wheels. Makes a big difference compared to the aluminum wheels on my dads saw. The X model has gone up in price a lot since I got mine 3-4 years ago and don’t know if the extra frills are really worth the jump from the LX to the X. I WILL say though, if you’re getting the riser you’re probably looking to do some resawing. If so the 1HP may be a little underpowered in my opinion.

As for the saw, I got the G1023SL when I finally decided to get my first “real” TS. I looked at the “Hybrid” at the time, which I think was comparable to the 715. Even found one used that the guy had to sell 2 months after getting it. When I looked at it I decided it wasn’t really worth the extra money over a contractor saw. So, unless you want to jump up to a cabinet saw, I’d recommend a smaller contractor saw and spending the extra coin on a larger bandsaw like mentioned above. Just my opinion though.

If you have any specific questions about the 555 bandsaw though, feel free to message me. I’d be happy to answer questions or share my thoughts/experiences.

Good luck with your decision!

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