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Forum topic by AJPeacock posted 10-07-2019 07:45 PM 266 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AJPeacock

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10-07-2019 07:45 PM

Hi all,

You might have seen my other thread about the 544bf of hard maple I now have stacked in my garage!

Now I really do need a Jointer and Bandsaw.

I’ve read every Laguna, Rikon, Jett, PM and Grizzly bandsaw page.

I keep coming back to the G0817 vs G0513X2BF (nearly the same price).

I am a ‘newb’ w/re to bandsaws and need a little nudge.

I’ll be resawing some of the Maple for projects as required.

I’ll also want to use a smaller blade for bandsaw boxes and other ‘curvy’ projects.

I also have Oak, Maple and Cherry trees all around me and often have the opportunity to snag a log from a downed tree. So I could do a bit of sawyering with my chainsaw/bandsaw in the future.

I’m having a couple 220v outlets put in my garage, so that isn’t a huge issue.

I don’t have floorspace to spare, so would really like to have only one bandsaw.

I’ve looked hard at the Rikon 10-326 but have read that it isn’t as stiff as the bigger grizzly saws. Thoughts?

I’ve looked at the Laguna offerings and although the guides look great, I just don’t get a warm fuzzy about them.

I know black Friday is just around the corner, looking in your crystal balls, what does the next couple months look like from a yearly sales perspective?

I’ve been watching CraigsList pretty hard and haven’t found anything close enough to do me any good (Michigan).

Here are a couple pics of my maple (ran one board through my planer).

Thanks,
AJ


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bigJohninvegas

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#1 posted 10-10-2019 03:08 AM

So I have the G0513X2, Love it. I looked at the other 513’s when I bought mine back in 2016. and I don’t remember seeing the 817.
It does look like a nice 14” saw.
So I looked at all the same brands your are looking at too. Grizzly was the best bang for the buck. and I have no regrets.
So look at the comparisons on the grizzly web page.
So key differences that I notice.
The 513 has 16-1/4” left of the blade, to 13-1/2” on the 817.
817 has 14” of resaw to the 12” on the 513.
And the 513 will take a 1” blade, where the 817 is max at 3/4”.
They both have a 2hp motor. But maybe the 513 dedicated 220v motor is a little better? not really sure.
A 3/4” blade is the largest I have, and will ever use. And my saw drives it with no effort at all.
Not a lot of difference, and like I said. I have no regret with my 513. But I think I could work around the 2-3/4” less on the left side of the blade, to gain the 2” of resaw.
I use my saw for a little bit of everything. Not a primary focus on any one thing like resaw.
So you have to ask yourself whats important to you.
While the extra 2” of resaw would be nice. I have not needed it. Yet, lol.
I have used the 16” on the left of the blade.
I have the 513X2. I did look at the 513X2BF. But my budget was already stretched, and I decided I could not justify $300 extra for the footbrake and mag switch.
Sometimes I do wish I had the foot brake. It takes about 45 seconds for my blade to stop.
Good luck

-- John

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avsmusic1

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#2 posted 10-10-2019 01:04 PM

Personally, i think the probability of me resawing 14” is lower than me trying to do a curved cut on something that would benefit from an extra 2” of clearance from the blade. Actually I know that b/c I’ve never resawn 14” but have had to re-position cuts on my 14” saw

Is most of your lumber >12” wide? Would your other equipment be able to surface 14” wide lumber after resawing?
The answer is no to both for me personally so I’d be inclined to go with the 513

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Blindhog

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#3 posted 10-10-2019 01:41 PM

I’ve had the Grizzly machine for going on 4 years now and have been very pleased with it’s performance. Re-sawing oak, mesquite, pecan, Texas ebony, etc. without any problem. Blade change out is relatively easy and the machine is very well-built and tracking is great. One thing that I would not get is the foot brake; the motor brake works faster than I could get to the foot brake.
If you purchase this machine you will not be disappointed.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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avsmusic1

529 posts in 1198 days


#4 posted 10-10-2019 05:00 PM



I ve had the Grizzly machine for going on 4 years now and have been very pleased with it s performance. Re-sawing oak, mesquite, pecan, Texas ebony, etc. without any problem. Blade change out is relatively easy and the machine is very well-built and tracking is great. One thing that I would not get is the foot brake; the motor brake works faster than I could get to the foot brake.
If you purchase this machine you will not be disappointed.

- Blindhog


Which one do you have? Seems like hes between 2 grizz models

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JAAune

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#5 posted 10-10-2019 05:21 PM

I just got my 513ANV setup a couple days ago. That was my choice after looking over all the sub-$1,500 saws on the market. The reason I opted for it is because it has the best blade guides of the 17” bandsaws in that price category. The problem with using roller bearings for blade guides is that they don’t work any better than steel guide blocks but they do wear out quickly. Replacing squealing bearings gets old fast.

the 513 ANV doesn’t have steel blocks but it does have guides that push up flat to the blade. I can also replace them with 5/8” diameter steel rods in the future if the Euro-style guides wear out.

-- See my work at http://remmertstudios.com and http://altaredesign.com

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AJPeacock

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#6 posted 10-12-2019 01:55 AM

Well, I appreciate all your inputs.

However, I found a nearly pristine one owner 2007 Mini Max MM16 for just a bit more than the Grizzly’s would cost delivered to my house.

I drove 600 miles each way since yesterday afternoon and it is now home (around $2200 all in).

So I have 4+ hp and 16” resaw! The best of all worlds.

I’ll try to get it unloaded tomorrow and put back together for some pics in a few days.
I took the table/fence/guides off and hauled those in the front of the pickup. Wrapped it in plastic and laid it on it’s spine and strapped it in good.

I’m so excited, my wife laughed when I told her I was bringing home a tall Italian Model!

AJ

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avsmusic1

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#7 posted 10-12-2019 02:06 AM

That’s one hell of a saw my friend

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