Grizzly G0555LX owners, please help

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Forum topic by Matt Przybylski posted 01-06-2013 08:38 PM 4911 views 1 time favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Przybylski

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01-06-2013 08:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: grizzly band saw g0555lx tensioner

I’ve just about had it with Grizzly tools. I purchased their G0604X jointer last summer and had to send it back as the outfeed table wouldn’t raise/lower, there were missing/broken parts, and the tables were not flush (they have these lips that needed to be ground down, long story short). Well, I decided to have another go at it and purchased the G0555LX band saw and went to assemble it today. Let me start by saying that AGAIN i had broken/missing parts that I need to call them about, but lets get to the point.

I bought the riser block along with this and after finagling with the pins that align the riser block (one of them was machined improperly and would not fit with the other in place so I had to grind it down to make it fit as well) I finally got the riser block installed. I proceeded to finish up the assembly of the saw and then realized my blade is not sitting properly in the opening in the table (rubbing against the right side of the insert). I ignored it for the time being and just took out the insert then I tried to turn the wheels. The top wheel was rubbing on the back side case to the point where black paint was coming off of the wheel. I realized after a while that the tracking knob needed adjusting and that would move the wheel in/out in either direction on top or bottom. Cool, got it to run smoothly. So I start my checks for coplanar wheels and they are not even close. That being said, I loosen the tension on the blade to take it off. NOTHING changes in blade tension. It’s literally the same tension on the blade whether it’s tensioned or not (and it’s tensioned, not loosened, so I can’t get the damn thing off).

I’d love to try to get the wheels coplanar (which I’m assuming is going to be another test in patience as the directions are pretty much useless in this regard, any hints here appreciated. it seems that the top wheel is further out than the bottom so I’m assuming I have to shim the bottom wheel as moving the top wheel back any further will probably make it rub on the case again) but since I can’t even remove the blade at this point because the tensioner seems to be doing absolutely nothing, can someone please hint at what is going wrong here?

This is my absolute last Grizzly purchase as everything them seem to send me ends up in just utter and pure frustration and hours upon hours of wasted time.

-- Matt, Arizona

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Scomel Basses

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 11:26 PM

I’m sorry you’re having these issues with this saw. I own one and have nothing but positive things to say. I do not have the riser block but it sounds to me, with the grinding you had to do to get it to fit, it doesn’t fit right and forces the saw out of alignment. Wheel coplanar issues, from what I’ve recently learned, is not a big deal or very important. If you think about it, when your wheels are perfectly coplanar without blade tension, in my experience, the blade once tensioned still won’t track right until you adjust the tracking knob which basically takes the wheels out of being perfectly coplanar. All this to say, you probably should try adjusting the riser block.

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#2 posted 01-07-2013 12:05 AM

The You tube video by Carter tools on Band Saw set up states that the wheels should NOT be coplaner and explains why. The upper wheel should be set when turned that the deepest part of the blade gullet should ride on the crown of the tire. A very indepth 33 minute video well worth watching.

I have a very close friend who purchased that same saw and riser and is extremely happy with it and the book match resaw boards to produces.

Bare with it I believe you’ll find it a pleasure to own.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-07-2013 01:22 AM

+1 on the carter video. I was surprised at how much info was covered. As for naysayers to his techniques, the proof is in the cuts he made.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#4 posted 01-07-2013 02:36 AM

I also say +1 on the Carter video. Almost went crazy trying to coplaner my BS, then saw the Carter video.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 02:47 AM

No problems here with my grizzly band saw…it did take 4 months to get the riser kit

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#6 posted 01-07-2013 03:04 AM

I have the same saw and it has worked great for me. Sorry, Can’t help with your problems. I have run the 3/8 inch blade, a 3/16 inch blade and now a 1/8 inch blade. Still no problems.

Good luck.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 01-07-2013 03:19 AM

That Carter set up vid is very informative BUT since your saw is new, I would call and talk to a tech guy at Grizzly. They have always been very courteous and helpful to me. They seem quite knowledgeable and have talked me through several “insurmountable” problems that I created with my bandsaw.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Matt Przybylski

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#8 posted 01-07-2013 04:15 AM

Thanks everyone, I’ll take a look at the video. I will have to call them to ship me the missing parts and ill request to speak with a tech about the tension knob not detensioning. Also, how hard do you have to rotate the knob on top to tension/detension the blade? Mine is extremely hard to rotate…

-- Matt, Arizona

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#9 posted 01-07-2013 04:30 AM

Matt- Call the tech rep number, not the order desk. The tech guys can also take your orders.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 01-07-2013 09:30 AM

+1 on calling Technical Support! They are super helpful, and know their products. Many seem to have an engineering or deep mechanical background, but listen to your situation intently to provide a solution.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-07-2013 12:31 PM

My LX was great right out of the box though I did experience the same issue with the table insert as you. I used the wider insert that was provided and haven’t looked back.
I did not add a riser. (Maybe later.)
I have’nt even checked the coplaner issue ‘cause the blades track and cut just fine.
Can’t imagine why ya can’t de-tension the blades. The mechanism is pretty straight forward. Have you fully loosened the blade tension knob?

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 01:11 PM

I too have the LX and riser block and have no issues. If you had to grind a pin off the block it sounds like it was not the correct block. The block in the kit for this saw drops right in and lines everything up correctly.
My dealings with Grizzly tech support have been great. I think you should start there. As for co-planer…Like the guys say, watch the Carter video and you will see that you do adjust the wheels for co-planer and he gives the reason for that. You can actually make things worse by “adjusting” them.
As far as de-tensioning the blades, I would most certainly talk with tech support. There may be something simple like the tension rod being backed all the way out and jamming the top wheel. Tech is great at helping solve these issues.
Another point about blade tension. The carter video will show you how much to tension the blade. Once you have it tensioned correctly, you release the tension when you are done using the saw by moving the tension release lever forward, not by turning the tension wheel. The next time you use the saw simply push the lever back to re-tension the blade.
This is a great saw. Don’t give up on it too soon.


-- VERMONT The land of the colorful fall - Just before the cold and the ice and the snow and the below zero temps

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#13 posted 01-07-2013 01:36 PM

Mark Duginske: Another BS artist – When I first got my Powermatic 14” I spent days struggling to get it coplaner. Like your Grizz, Matt, it did not come from the company coplanar. All I knew I got from BS artist Mark Dugiinske in his book on band saws. Thats where all this coplanar crap got started. I end up grinding bushings and shimming and every other damn thing. The result was a saw that cut like crap. This went on for days. Finally, I said to hell with it and set everything back they way Powermatic had it set up. Shazamm! suddenly my saw worked fine. Now I just read here that Carter has a video explaining why this is so! Now there’s a video I want to see! Matt, I’m sorry about your Grizzly experiences, but from my experience coplanar is NOT what you want in a crowned wheel and evidently the Carter bearing folks think so too.

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Matt Przybylski

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 07:48 PM

Hey everyone, just a quick update. I called Grizzly today and spoke with a rep. As I was speaking with him I realized why my tension knob wasnt working. There is a roll pin that holds the knob to the shaft and it was loose so i was actually able to take the know full off the screw and thats how I realized the issue. It took a little coercing in lining up the hole with the pin but once I got that fixed the tensioning adjustment works as it should and I was able to get the blade off.

As for the missing part, I had to get a new trunnion base shipped to me as the first one came cracked and the missing part was attached to the old trunnion base, so that was my mistake. :)

Lastly, I watched the Carter video and that guy definitely knows what he’s doing. I haven’t gotten a chance to finish tuning my saw as I made this call during lunch of my “real work” day so I’ll try to do it tomorrow night and report back but I think it should be much smoother sailing from here on out.

Just wanted to thank everyone for chiming in and all the helpful comments, greatly appreciated.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#15 posted 01-08-2013 12:20 AM

Just in case for any others out there with a problem, Grizzly has a number of How-To videos on YouTube. Here is one for adding a riser block:

-- Don

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