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Grizzly bandsaws

by rantingrich
posted 01-07-2015 04:36 PM

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Bill White

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#1 posted 01-07-2015 05:27 PM

The 0555 series (I have the 0555LX) is a great bargain, but for resawing it will require a riser kit.
In my experience, a 14” saw will best handle a 1/2” 3tpi blade which will work well on most cuts. If you are going to be sawing wide boards (6” and up), the larger Grizz will be a better candidate.
Just my thoughts.

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#2 posted 01-07-2015 05:34 PM

Bigger is always better. Just wish my wife didn’t think so.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#3 posted 01-07-2015 06:22 PM

Bigger is always better. Just wish my wife didn t think so.

- TheFridge

LOL yeas I got the problem to! LOL!

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#4 posted 01-07-2015 06:30 PM

After I bought my Grizzly G0512X2BF, I wondered how I ever did what I did without that machine. Resawing has become a pleasure, not a chore as I struggled to get planks through my smaller saw.

Most of the G0513 series is good, but one thing – if you pop for cast iron wheels, think a full minute for them to stop when you want to shut down. That few extra bucks you pay for the electric brake? You will thank yourself every time you shut it off and it stops in three seconds.

And after my life with my Porter Cable, (my other smaller saw) my next 13” saw will definitely be out of that 0555 Grizzly family.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 01-07-2015 06:40 PM

3/4” is to big for that 1 HP I have the GO555P with riser and do very well with a 1/2” when cutting logs

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#6 posted 01-07-2015 10:39 PM

Grizzly “may” still have this promotion going on…..

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#7 posted 01-07-2015 11:07 PM

I have the 555 lanv which comes with steel wheels and I can tell you it will probably cut through a 2×4 after you turn it off. It spins for a while.

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#8 posted 01-14-2015 06:08 PM

jacksteel – I’ve had the opportunity to use a few different Grizzly 14” saws and the reviews are mixed. Much of the perceived quality is a function of properly setting up the saw, which frankly some people aren’t that good at. If you’re buying a new saw, Grizzly has an excellent customer service department and should anything go wrong they’ll likely be able to make it right in short order. They proved helpful to me even though I purchased my saw used and it was much older when I did so.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#9 posted 01-14-2015 09:42 PM

If you’re not going to cut tighter cuts that often, get the 17” band saw.

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#10 posted 01-14-2015 10:30 PM

I have the 513X2, and can affirm that it takes a very long time for the blade to stop.

It works pretty well though. I’m not quite satisfied with the range of adjustment on the lower guides, and prob should have had something fixed while still under warrantee, so if you go with any Griz product, check it out while you can still get free fixes.


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#11 posted 01-14-2015 11:21 PM

If Money and space are not an issue, I would say go with the bigger saw. You can not add sawing capacity to a smaller saw…(grin). I have never been sorry for buying a larger tool. I have regretted buying too small. Everyone I know that has a Grizzly bandsaw loves them. I bought a used 14” Ridgid and have wished it was bigger. My next one will be a Grizzly.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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Jim Finn

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#12 posted 01-15-2015 02:42 PM

I bought the GO555 with riser and resaw fence in 2008. I bought it to re-saw cedar, oak and maple. It serves me well. The main thing is to get a good blade. I like supercut 1/2” carbide blade 3 TPI. It cuts straight with the re-saw fence and only cost me $25. Grizzly has a supercut carbide 5/8” blade for over double that. It works well but not better than the 1/2” blade does. The blade is all important!

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#13 posted 01-15-2015 02:47 PM

buy the bigger saw, you will have that extra power when you need it

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#14 posted 01-15-2015 11:19 PM

Last year I was asking more or less the same question and finally made up my mind to buy a 513X2BF, then saw a good deal on craigslist for a 555P with riser kit, several blades, and the Kreg fence+micro-adjuster+resaw guide.

I would say if you know you’ll be doing a lot of resawing and you’re already leaning toward a new 17” Grizzly bandsaw, you might as well go all in and get one of the models with cast iron wheels, the resaw fence, and a blade brake.

My half-joking advice is to take a really long time to make up your mind but check CL every day. Eventually a good deal will pop up no matter how bad your local market is.

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#15 posted 01-16-2015 12:22 AM

Get the 17”

-- -Mike, Southern California, YouTube User ( Give & Take )

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#16 posted 01-16-2015 12:31 AM

Bigger. I have a 20” and love it.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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