Shop Fox W1706 Review - Satisfied Customer

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Review by DamnYankee posted 01-02-2013 08:36 PM 7897 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Recently purchased the Shop Fox W1706. I was driven to purchase this bandsaw for a combination of reasons – price ($580), reviews found on-line and by personal contacts (almost no negative ones found), features.

The saw came with a quick tension release, fence and miter. I purchased the riser kit as well.

As I just recently pruchased it and have not used it very much this review will focus on set up and initial impressions.

The set up was EXTREMELY easy as it was nearly fully assembled. I had to attach the saw the to base, attach the table to the saw and install the blade, and that was about it. The blade tracked “out of the box”. Initial test cut (pine) produced a consistent ~1/16” resaw. All before final tuning.

Adding the riser block, the instructions left a two details out. 1, it tells you specifically not to remove the blade guard (left side – guard that runs from top to bottom wheel) until step 13. You need to take it off long before then. 2, the instructions do not tell you to face the “UP” label on the riser towards the back of the saw. I initially had if facing the front and the wheels were barely out of coplanar. Once I switched the block around they lined up perfectly.

Overall the only long term issue I forsee is that the roller guide adjustments for the bottom guides are a bit difficult to manipulate as they are behind the table trunion adjustments. For those of you with big fat fingers this will be very difficult.

Features included: Quick tension release, fence, miter, closed cabinet, sealed roller guides, 4” dust collection connection, lock-out lock

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 12:12 AM

You can tell it’s a virgin saw (new), It’s dressed in all white!!!

Congrats, on your new saw!
I’m sure you are going to luv putting this saw through it’s paces.
I’m courious, what is the resaw capacity?

We need to see some resawing, some curves etc…...
Now then, how many bandsaw boxes have you made, or are slated to be made???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 12:22 AM

Thats a nice looking machine. The cast iron wheels are a very attractive feature. Many 14” machines come with aluminum wheels.

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 12:23 AM

Thanks for the review,cool looking saw.


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#4 posted 01-03-2013 12:41 AM

Looks identical to the GS555 which I like. Resaw to 12” on the GS. I also didn’t have very many memorable issues with putting mine together. When buying one of these, it would be a outright shame not to install the riser block at the same time. I find I use it for a lot of log sawing for turning blocks, and you can’t do that without the riser.

Thanks for the review.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 12:46 AM

Great review and I am glad you are happy. If there is one power tool I use it is a band saw.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 01:06 AM

Good for you Rob…...looks like a dandy. Enjoy.

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#7 posted 01-03-2013 01:06 AM

If I’m not mistaken here but I think the Shop Fox (similar to the Grizzly) is an upgrade compared to the G0555 and G0555p. I own a G0555p and it performs great as should your new Shop Fox. Congrats to you !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 02:00 AM

I have the same saw and have had no issues with it. I’ve done both resawing and cutting out curved items. I wish I would have got the riser block right away. I’ve only have three blades so I’m waiting until those need replacing then I’ll probably get it. Thanks for the heads up on the install of the riser block. After you change blades a few times I got used to adjusting the bottem guides. Happy sawing!

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#9 posted 01-03-2013 02:28 AM

nice band saw choice DY , give me the fever to replace my ole ridgid ,looks like a workhorse

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 01:15 PM

Looks like you got a gr8 deal. A bit o tweekin, and she’ll be fine, and you’ll be very happy.

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 02:36 PM

In discussion with the very helpful staff at Leveane Equipment Supply here in Charlotte, NC, the Shop Fox and Grizzly, while two different companies, are owned by the same people.

According to them the Grizzly line is targeted towards “residential” use and the Shop Fox “industrial” use (light use verses heavy use).

The parts are nearly interchangable though the Shop Fox suppossedly is a bit more robust with better fit and finish. As I don’t have the two side by side I can only go by what i was told and can see in on-line pictures.

Additionally, I like that Shop Fox is sold through a local dealer verses mail order.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#12 posted 01-03-2013 05:51 PM

That’s a nice looking bandsaw .Congratulations! How’s the performance of it?

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#13 posted 01-03-2013 06:35 PM

So far I’m very pleased with the performance.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#14 posted 01-03-2013 07:30 PM gives you a magnifier to view the saw. From what I see it’s really close to my G0555P.
My Grizzly is a 2 speed but it don’t have cast iron tracking wheels, and your base is closed where the Grizzly is open. The Fox or the Grizzly are very good choices! Two things I would like to see on the Grizzly is a light and wheel brushes. I had to add those to my saw.
All in all I really like my saw and I’m sure you will get many years of enjoyment from your new Shop Fox

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#15 posted 01-03-2013 07:36 PM

Tony, this BS is also two speed.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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