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Forum topic by Thorxes posted 10-22-2020 02:14 PM 274 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Thorxes

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10-22-2020 02:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly bandsaw resaw riser fence

Hi Everyone!

I have a predicament.

I recently purchases a near new Grizzly GO555X 14” bandsaw (with fence, no riser, no blades) for $400 via classifieds.

Recently I’ve come across what looks to be a Delta X5 28-475 14” bandsaw (with fence, with riser, with 4-5 blades) for likely $500.

What would you do if you were needing the 12” cutting capacity?

(1) Keep the grizzly, buy blades and a riser kit.

(2) Get the Delta X5 and resell the Grizzly.

Keeping both is not an option – my wife would kill me.


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ChefHDAN

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#1 posted 10-22-2020 02:22 PM

Since many of the saws are using the same riser kit essentially, I would first see if the Delta riser would fit the Grizzly. If it fits, I’d get the Delta and take the riser & blades for the Grizzly & sell the Delta.

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Thorxes

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#2 posted 10-22-2020 05:35 PM



Since many of the saws are using the same riser kit essentially, I would first see if the Delta riser would fit the Grizzly. If it fits, I d get the Delta and take the riser & blades for the Grizzly & sell the Delta.

- ChefHDAN

Oh good call. Maybe someone here can confirm if the riser is compatible?

Aside from that – do you think $500 is a bit overpriced for the Delta being so old?

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MrUnix

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#3 posted 10-22-2020 08:25 PM

Aside from that – do you think $500 is a bit overpriced for the Delta being so old?

AFAIK, the “X5” thing was just a marketing promotion, and the machine itself was no different than a non-X5 version. IIRC, they did the “X5” promotion sometime around 2003, where they gave you a 5 year warranty (normally 2), a ‘savings book’ of coupons for other purchases, choice of a $50 rebate or a free Porter-Cable tool (or free mobile base), and I think they may have also come with an upgraded stock blade, and a few cosmetic differences, but not much more.

Also, having two 1950 versions of that saw, I would not consider that X5 all that old – probably not even broke-in yet!

Cheers,
Brad

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Thorxes

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#4 posted 10-22-2020 09:03 PM



Aside from that – do you think $500 is a bit overpriced for the Delta being so old?

Just so you know, the “X5” thing was just a marketing promotion, and the machine itself was no different than a non-X5 version. IIRC, they did the “X5” promotion sometime around 2003, where they gave you a 5 year warranty (was 2), a savings book of coupons for other purchases, choice of a rebate or a free Porter-Cable tool (or free mobile base), and I think they may have also come with an upgraded stock blade, and a few cosmetic differences, but not much more.

Also, having two 1950 versions of that saw, I would not consider that X5 all that old – probably not even broke-in yet!

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I appreciate the info.

Does $500 seem about right then? In my research I’ve found a few threads stating that it’s actually a bit high on price point, and this was for threads about 5 years old.

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Thorxes

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#5 posted 10-23-2020 04:34 PM

Update: I think I found the same Delta saw for about $200 on craigslist. I think I’ll go with that one.

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