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Forum topic by LucasAZ posted 04-24-2017 01:32 AM 701 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-24-2017 01:32 AM

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Hi everyone,

I have been reading this site for a while now and have learned so much I figured I should join! I am new to the woodworking hobby but I am very much enjoying it so far.

I am looking to purchase my first bandsaw, I have used large metal cutting bandsaws before but I don’t have much experience with woodworking bandsaws.

I believe the Grizzly G0555LX would be about right for my needs and plan to order one soon. My question is, are there any accessories I should pick up right off the bat? I see most people recommend replacing the stock blade, does anyone have any suggestions on a good blade to start with (or two?), my plan is to use it to make curved projects, like bandsaw boxes, and possibly some light resawing.

Thanks in advance for the help!

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#1 posted 04-24-2017 02:40 AM

Riser block is a great accessory to have

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#2 posted 04-24-2017 10:40 AM

IMO, Buy a RIKON 14in BS. It already has a 13in resaw capacity and does not require any riser block.

FWIW, my resawing with a 3/4in blade got in the way of using it for smaller curved projects, because of the need to swap out and readjust everything. So after ~6yr of this, I picked up the small 10in BS for the small stuff. Love it and don’t have to worry about the swap-out hassle.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#3 posted 04-24-2017 11:33 AM

If you plan to resaw wood, I would get a saw that will use up to a 1” blade and have a 2 HP motor. I have that saw with a rizer block and when you resaw wood, a 3/4” blade doesn’t do well and the wheels are too narrow for the 3/4” blade.

In resawing +8” maple and oak, I have tripped the motor’s breaker.

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 04-24-2017 11:38 AM

The 0555LX with good blades (no riser…yet) has done all I have asked.
1/4” 8 tpi, 3/8” 6 tpi., and 1/2” 3tpi. is all I’ve needed. I don’t do any big resawing.

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#5 posted 04-25-2017 10:09 PM

Thanks for the replies everyone!

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#6 posted 04-26-2017 08:19 AM

I am a hobbyist, and also have the Grizzly G0555LANV. It was my first band saw and I love it. I have it setup using the “Alex Snodgrass” method, and couldn’t be happier. Blade wise, I purchased a Timberwolf 3 blade assortment.

TW Blades

Again, I don’t have anything to compare them to, but these blades are great. Cut wood like butter. I recently resawed some Wenge for keepsake boxes I made, it was the first time I ever resawed anything, and with the combination of the setup, blades, and 6 inch tall resaw fence I made, the cuts came out perfect. Believe me, I was shocked I got such good results the first time.

I plan to buy the riser block for my saw, but will wait a while because then I would have to buy new blades, so I want to get some more use out of these first

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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