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paridgerunner

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08-17-2020 11:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw ridgid

My Ridgid bandsaw I’ve had for 16 years broke today. The Shaft/Upper Hinge Assembly rod and housing broke when tensioning the blade.

I called Ridgid and was told they have no record of me registering the saw back in 2004, therefore no lifetime warranty. Wouldn’t have mattered, as they told me the part is obsolete.

I did find a replacement on eReplacementpart.com. Hopefully it fits correctly.

I am concerned next time I need a part, it might not be available. This has me considering an upgrade.

Over the years I have added a Grizzly riser kit, Kreg fence and upgraded the tires. This saw actually runs pretty smooth and I can resaw (though a bit slow, it gets the job done) 8-10” stock.

I am looking at a couple options as a replacement.
I don’t have 220V in my shop, nor the room for a larger saw.
I do have a dedicated 110V/20A circuit I can use for the bandsaw.

Grizzly G0555XH 14” 1-3/4 HP Extreme Series Resaw Bandsaw – $1279 shipped
https://www.grizzly.com/products/Grizzly-14-1-3-4-HP-Extreme-Series-Resaw-Bandsaw/G0555XH

Powermatic – 14” Bandsaw, Model PWBS-14CS – $1299 shipped (I have to check with my local Woodcraft if they can get it shipped to the store)
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/powermatic-14-bandsaw-model-pwbs-14cs

I haven’t ruled out used and I will keep my eyes open for a good deal.

Does anyone have experience with these 2 saws or have suggestions for a saw with similar capability/price?

Thanks,
Jay


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#1 posted 08-17-2020 11:44 PM

Parts availability will be a problem no matter what you get… however, what you have now is a clone of the Delta 14” band saw, just like all the other 14” cast iron saws – so parts are still available from multiple sources. I have noticed that most of the newer stuff coming out today has a shelf life of about 5 years before replacement parts dry up. I can still get parts for my 1950 Delta band saw though :-O

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 08-17-2020 11:47 PM

Ive no advice/experience with the selections you are pondering.

But, I am curious which features of these you liked as opposed to being interested in a Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 14-12 that are in same price range.


I haven t ruled out used and I will keep my eyes open for a good deal.

Me too :) ... years of waiting for a PM1500 in a moving sale.

-- derek / oregon

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#3 posted 08-17-2020 11:58 PM

I bought the Powermatic Bandsaw while they were on sale, and have been very happy with it. Same basic saw as my old Jet, but with just about every bell and whistle you could think of. Mine came with the riser kit, does your price include that as well?

-- "My greatest fear is that upon my demise, my wife will sell my tools for what I said I paid for them."

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#4 posted 08-18-2020 12:03 AM

If you are generally satisfied with the saw’s performance, I would install the replacement part and consider an upgrade in another 16 years; IMHO. After installing the part, if I did anything toward an upgrade, I would spring for a larger motor to improve your resawing ability.

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#5 posted 08-18-2020 12:04 AM

I wasn’t sure about this one since a couple pics I saw online looked a little different.

The Grizzly riser kit and Kreg fence bolted directly on without any issues.


Parts availability will be a problem no matter what you get… however, what you have now is a clone of the Delta 14” band saw, just like all the other 14” cast iron saws – so parts are still available from multiple sources. I have noticed that most of the newer stuff coming out today has a shelf life of about 5 years before replacement parts dry up. I can still get parts for my 1950 Delta band saw though :-O

Cheers,

Brad

- MrUnix


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#6 posted 08-18-2020 12:07 AM

Not any one feature stood out to me. Honestly I didn’t get a chance to research the Laguna or Rikon yet. I did see lots of reviews here for the 14/12.


Ive no advice/experience with the selections you are pondering.

But, I am curious which features of these you liked as opposed to being interested in a Rikon 10-326 or Laguna 14-12 that are in same price range.

I haven t ruled out used and I will keep my eyes open for a good deal.

Me too :) ... years of waiting for a PM1500 in a moving sale.

- metolius


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paridgerunner

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#7 posted 08-18-2020 12:08 AM

Looks like it comes with the riser.


I bought the Powermatic Bandsaw while they were on sale, and have been very happy with it. Same basic saw as my old Jet, but with just about every bell and whistle you could think of. Mine came with the riser kit, does your price include that as well?

- HerringImpaired


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#8 posted 08-18-2020 12:14 AM

That was my first thought, and may be what I end up doing.

Everyone has to find an excuse to buy a new tool though ;)

The motor upgrade is a good idea.

I may also try a 1/2” blade vs the 3/4”, since I think the 3/4 is now a mess as the saw broke on startup and the blade ran into the guards.


If you are generally satisfied with the saw s performance, I would install the replacement part and consider an upgrade in another 16 years; IMHO. After installing the part, if I did anything toward an upgrade, I would spring for a larger motor to improve your resawing ability.

- bilyo


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#9 posted 08-18-2020 12:27 AM

I may also try a 1/2” blade vs the 3/4”, since I think the 3/4 is now a mess as the saw broke on startup and the blade ran into the guards.
- paridgerunner

IMO, using that 3/4” blade is probably what most contributed to the failure you experienced. The upper wheel tension/tracking setup is one of two weak spots on these saws, and even though the manual may claim it can do 3/4”, 1/2” is really about the limit, and even pushing it a bit far if you have a riser.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#10 posted 08-18-2020 12:38 AM



I may also try a 1/2” blade vs the 3/4”, since I think the 3/4 is now a mess as the saw broke on startup and the blade ran into the guards.
- paridgerunner

IMO, using that 3/4” blade is probably what most contributed to the failure you experienced. The upper wheel tension/tracking setup is one of two weak spots on these saws, and even though the manual may claim it can do 3/4”, 1/2” is really about the limit, and even pushing it a bit far if you have a riser.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I agree. I’ve had the riser & 3/4” blade for ~5 years. I guess time/stress finally caught up with me.

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#11 posted 08-18-2020 12:46 AM

I had the same part break on my typical Taiwan made 14” bandsaw. I replaced the part, and the saw works fine, but it made me realize all the shortcomings inherent in the saw.
I’m in the process of upgrading to a Laguna bandsaw for better frame rigidity and the ability to resaw and handle a 3/4” blade.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 08-18-2020 01:43 AM

I had the same thing break on my Ridgid, about 10 years ago. I bought replacement parts from Grizzly (G0555LX)- the sliding bracket and hinge- and they were a perfect fit. You’d be back in business for about $20 (plus S/H!)

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paridgerunner

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#13 posted 08-18-2020 01:57 AM

I did briefly look at parts from Grizzly, but wasn’t sure based on their diagram. The G0555LX has a quick release on the tension, correct?

Do you remember the exact part #?


I had the same thing break on my Ridgid, about 10 years ago. I bought replacement parts from Grizzly (G0555LX)- the sliding bracket and hinge- and they were a perfect fit. You d be back in business for about $20 (plus S/H!)

- JohnDon


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#14 posted 08-18-2020 02:40 AM

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#15 posted 08-18-2020 01:05 PM



That was my first thought, and may be what I end up doing.

Everyone has to find an excuse to buy a new tool though ;)

The motor upgrade is a good idea.

I may also try a 1/2” blade vs the 3/4”, since I think the 3/4 is now a mess as the saw broke on startup and the blade ran into the guards.

If you are generally satisfied with the saw s performance, I would install the replacement part and consider an upgrade in another 16 years; IMHO. After installing the part, if I did anything toward an upgrade, I would spring for a larger motor to improve your resawing ability.

- bilyo

- paridgerunner


I upgraded from 3/4 to just 1 1/4 hp on my Delta 14” a few years ago and it makes a lot of difference. Also, I never use more than a 1/2” blade. Mostly 3/8”.

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