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Posted on G0513ANV vs G0513X2

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#1 posted 11-18-2018 02:53 PM

I’ve owned the Grizzly G0513X2BF for about six years now. I’ve finally replaced the tires on the wheels and one lower bearing underneath which got clogged with sap and dust. Eight bucks at my local motor rewind house. Otherwise, it has been nothing short of a horse, stays straight, cuts well, and I simply cannot talk about that brake enough.

When I use my 14” Powermatic with riser, (105” blade), I like it for small stuff and keep a small blade on it, either 3/16ths, or even an 1/8th Inch. And when I turn it off, it takes about 20-25 seconds to stop, which when making a bandsaw jewelry box that requires a lot of cuts, takes forever. I have come to hate that time. Great balance when it spins forever, but a PITA when you want to simply make the next cut.

The Grizzly, while being a bigger, much more powerful saw, when I do a resaw on it, and I get through the cut, I hit the button or the foot pedal, and the blade is stopped in about 1.25 seconds. I’ve never had to adjust it, and it all works well. The brake is located inside the endbell of the motor. Basically an electric static clutch that engages and stops the motor, which uses the belts to stop the wheels. It works great and there is no jerking.

I know the lesser versions of this saw, a couple of the guys down at my Woodcraft have them, and they like them, save they all say the same things: Wish I had bought the cast iron wheel, and wish I had spent the extra coin for the brake. I don’t know anyone who owns the ANV, but it is simply a slightly cheaper version of the regular lineup.

I would definitely go for the ball bearings over the Euro rollers. And you cannot beat cast iron wheels for resawing, it just adds to the flywheel effect and helps the motor keep speed with all that weight rolling along.
The brake is something once you use it, you wonder why all your life you didn’t have one.

And yes, I’ve had small blades on this big horse of a saw, down to 3/16th. You have to be a bit careful of tensioning, it can break the blade, but it does do the job well and allows you to curve without any problems. I finally got enough coin to afford two bandsaws, and the Powermatic with riser was the obvious choice for me for small stuff. Now I keep it for small, Grizzly for big. I also cut my logs into shape for my lathe work on my Grizzly.

If you can afford it, definitely get the complete package. For me, my G0513X2BF is a lifetime saw.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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