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Forum topic by pogingungas posted 03-20-2016 05:31 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-20-2016 05:31 PM

Hi everyone,

I’m about to get a bandsaw. I’ve never had one, actually never even used one.After doing some research from what it looks like grizzly and deltas are the favorable ones.

I’m considering getting the grizzly g0555 since I’ve read and seen from users on YouTube that they are please with the machine and flaws are minimal. While browsing good ol’ Craigslist there’s a delta band saw that came up and from what I know (which isn’t much in regards to his topic) that these are pretty solid machine that can possibly outlast me even if they are older.

I was hoping get everyone’s thought on regards to bandsaw since Id like to purchase my last bandsaw. from my perspective both machines will last a lifetime where the delta just has had a longer head start. Considering that I got the OK from the wife to purchase the new grizzly that half price and the good rep of the delta is pretty tempting.


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#1 posted 03-20-2016 05:38 PM

First things first… need to ask yourself what you want to use it for.

Second thing….as my woodworking has changed, my needs changed. I have gone thru a couple of different band saws, table saws and all other tools.

I think you should start with a good 14” bandsaw. Later you may want something else.

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#2 posted 03-20-2016 05:46 PM

Both bandsaws are about the same capacity wise with the Grizzly being rated a little more powerful but the Delta have a excellent motor in it. I really love older Delta equipment like that but I do admit spare parts are getting hard to find these days. The good news is there isn’t that much to those to break.

In the end you are trading a lower up front cost for a warranty and probably easier to find parts. If the bandsaw was well taken care of that is probably a good trade. That’s always seems to be the main dynamic for used vs new doesn’t it?

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 05:48 PM

I have that same Delta bandsaw, and it’s a good one. But the 1/2 HP motor is fairly under powered, even without the riser kit (which you would play hell getting one now anyway). On mine, I wound up installing the riser then changed the motor to a 1 HP (wish I had went 1.5 HP). But I think he’s probably overpriced quite a bit as well, I’ve seen that same saw as low as $250, and a couple of time around the $300 mark. It’s a good USA made saw, but you may still be better off with the Griz (parts, etc.). If the price was lower on the Delta, I’d say flip a coin, but at $450 I would probably choose the Griz.

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Bill White

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 07:48 PM

I have the Grizz 0555LX which has the cast iron wheels. The cast wheels do make a big difference when sawing. More mass and smoother cuts.
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#5 posted 03-20-2016 07:56 PM

Are you going to resaw lumber? Just how tall of a cut do you need? My 10” Craftsman easily cuts through 4-1/2” thick oak with the right blade (4-5/8” max height). I bring it up because a small one can always be helpful in cutting tighter curves and so forth without swapping blades. If you end up needing a bigger one, the small one still has a place.

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#6 posted 03-20-2016 07:57 PM

I would see if another saw would do what you want to do.
If not & you are going to get a band saw I would get the biggest you can afford.
I like Grizzles 18 inch, but I have a FOX 14 inch band saw.

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 08:07 PM

I know markets vary the price, I bought one like that last spring with the riser kit, and the 3/4hp motor in premium condition and I payed $500, I have seen on go for 150 awhile back.

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 08:31 PM

I have the grizzly 555 anniversary edition. It pretty but nothing else is really special about it. If I could have found a good delta at the time I would have probably bought it instead. I don’t use it a lot an it does what little I do ok. If I were going to use a band saw a lot I would go for a better saw.

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#9 posted 03-20-2016 09:49 PM

It’s going to be for a hobbyist setting and I had a few projects where I just ended up using a jigsaw upside down on a vise. It made the cut but it started drifting which can be taken care of with some sanding. Plus the jigsaw that I have is a cheap one. When doing the that kind of cut does the job there was a small voice in my head that keeps saying this might be a bad idea. Luckily i still have 10 fingers after that. Thus triggering the notion of “if i had a bandsaw….”. At this point I don’t know if I am going to be resawing but I’m looking at it at what I can possibly use it for later down the line which could be one of them. I’ve seen a bunch of craftsman 10 inch band saws for around a $100 but from what I’ve read that folks tend to upgrade to a 14” later on. I currently have the budget for it and I don’t know if I’ll have that luxury later on.

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#10 posted 03-20-2016 10:23 PM

First not a fan of Crapsman, 2nd if you have the budget go better now, I dont know where you live but CL is my tool supplier, all mine except my CPMS came off of there, but I live in a metro area, and even have gone 80 miles for some knowing the owner would hold it for me on a gentleman agreement.

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 10:59 PM

I have the anniversary one and haven’t had any issues yet.

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#12 posted 03-20-2016 11:14 PM

The Delta is the original which pretty much all other 14” cast iron bandsaws are cloned from, including that Grizzly. However, that Delta iis IMO overpriced. If your need isn’t pressing, I would keep looking for a nice older Delta and be ready to jump on it when it shows up. There are several other saws in your area at the moment as well, such as another 14” delta for $330, this one for $360, and some clones in the $100 and under range (like here). There does seem to be quite a few options out there, and don’t write off the Craftsman saws – Craftsman doesn’t make anything, and most of those were made by Emerson (same as the ubiquitous c-man contractor saws).


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#13 posted 03-20-2016 11:18 PM

I think $450 is way too much for that Delta. For that much i would pass and get the grizzly G0555LX. $250 would be fair, especially considering it only has a 1\2 horse motor and the open stand.

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#14 posted 03-21-2016 12:06 AM

I have been using my GO555 14” saw with a riser for eight years now. Mostly for re-sawing. I would not consider anything with a smaller motor than the one HP that it has. I just started making band saw boxes with it and it works well for that also. I recommend “Supercut ” Blades. I use 1/2” carbide blades from them for re-sawing. ($25). Re-sawing generates a lot of dust so I installed a dust collector system in my shop because of this saw.

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#15 posted 03-21-2016 04:32 AM

Redoak: Correct me if I’m mistaken, but it seems like your first 2 sentences contradict each other. I have often found that a good tool (including some that I wasn’t sure how I was going to use at first) opens up new possibilities that otherwise I might have not considered.

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