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Forum topic by Cbraun posted 05-26-2017 03:04 AM 740 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2017 03:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw saw band help buying

Hello guys, I’ve recently started woodcarving and have been trying to find a bandsaw. I also have a lathe so it would be nice to have a saw that with 12 inch resaw to save on wood with plates and bowls.

I was about sold on the rikon 10324/326 14 inch saws however after reading about some problems I’ve decided to go with grizzly instead. It pretty much comes down to…

GO555lx w riser, pro lightweight, cons lower power, have to deal with installing the riser and I’m unsure about that power to resaw

GO555x (the extreme series) w riser pro lightweight and some extra power, con this costs more then the

GO513 pro plenty of power, cons aluminum wheels, from what I’ve read it sounds I’d really like cast iron however I’m not sure if I really need them, this saw weighs 340 lbs and the extreme version weighs 400. I’ve got permission to borrow a cat fork to help get it to the shop at the back of my yard however I’m just not sure I feel like dealing with this saw as I am inevitably moving in a couple years.

All in all the 5013 cast iron is really what I want but do I really need all this power for trimming up larger carvings, and is a 400 lb saw going to be as difficult to move as I anticipate?

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#1 posted 05-26-2017 09:50 PM

Before settling on a used saw at an auction, I started looking at the Grizzly G0555LX but thought about all of the comments you made. The G0555LX is $575 (I think its on sale right now for $525), and the riser block is another $100, then you can buy your first blade for it, and then swap out the trunions for steel, and look at a different set of guides. I quickly switched to wanting the G0513ANV, which is a 17” saw with all the bells and whistles for $875.

I had my pennies saved, and 3 days before I planned on driving up to my Grizzly store (about 3 hours north of me) I stumbled on a bandsaw in an auction I couldn’t pass up.

I suppose the nice thing about getting the G0555LX is you can get it right now, and in a few months buy the steel trunions, then save up and buy new guides (if you want them). I think Grizzly is still making a good saw for that kind of money.

-- Jeff ~ Tacoma Wa.

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#2 posted 05-27-2017 05:37 PM

Buy the G0513 instead of the G0555. It is a much better tool for resawing. While you are at it, buy a mobile base for it so it won’t be hard to move around. When it comes time to move, you are gong to need some help, regardless of the model you buy. They are both too heavy for one person to handle. Even without the cast iron trunion and wheels, it will beat the stew out of the G0555 for resawing.

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#3 posted 06-02-2017 11:04 PM

Thanks for the advice, I’ve decided on the g0513×2, would like to get one with a brake as well if I can manage to get a coupon code.

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