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Forum topic by NewEnglandsWoodWorks posted 03-08-2013 12:34 AM 6064 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-08-2013 12:34 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw

Hi all, I’m in the market for a Grizzly Bandsaw. I am looking at the Grizzly G0513ANV (the anniversary model) and the Grizz G0513X2. The anniversary model is the exact same saw as the GO513. Im not sure if another 300 dollars is worth the extra cast iron trunions and wheels and other add ons. What is your opinion?

Also have any of you rewired a grizzly motor from 220 to 110? Is it easy to do?

-- Brett

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#1 posted 03-08-2013 12:52 AM

Here is a recent thread with lots of opinions:

The net was cast iron wheels should be considered mandatory. The X2 also has a significant upgrade in the guides and in the fence. Another step up (another $200) would get an electric brake with foot activation (G0513X3BF).

Note: when comparing prices it is important to include the shipping. Some include free shipping, other charge over $200. Grizzly $99 plus another $34 for liftgate delivery for the saws you menitioned. Rikon has a 1.5hp 14” saw with similar resaw capacity and a larger table than the Grizzly for $950 delivered (at least at the moment).

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#2 posted 03-08-2013 04:09 AM

I have that Extreme Series and I think the extra $300 is well worth it: cast iron everything, resaw fence included, much better guides, etc. If you bought these separately, they would cost more than $300. But that black paint is pretty!

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2013 04:35 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Brett

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 05:34 AM

You might want to look at the Rikon 10-325. It’s got cast iron throughout. Very nice. Includes a 5 year warranty. It’s on sale at Woodcraft for $799.99.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 01:33 PM

+1 on rikon 10-325. really well received saw and rikon is first rate.

-- there's a solution to every just have to be willing to find it.

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#6 posted 04-14-2013 02:16 PM

The cast iron wheels and trunions are absolutely worth the additional $300.

-- If the old masters had power tools, they would have used them. So get off your damn High Horse.

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#7 posted 04-14-2013 03:54 PM

I just got the Rikon 18” on Friday. I have had a 16”Grizzly for about 20 years. 12” resaw, blade release, 2 1/2 HP Carter style guides, nice machine. All I’ll ever need. Take a close look

-- Ken

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#8 posted 04-14-2013 05:05 PM

I have one of the Grizzly band saws and it’s an excellent machine…I didn’t even have to call in my electrician buddy to switch to 220. My suggestions…

Get as much saw as you can afford.

Consider switching the OEM blade for one from Woodslicer…excellent blades.

Consider the type of tracking assembly that comes with whichever saw you choose. Mine has the roller bearings version…which is of course fine, but I would have preferred being able to upgrade to the ceramic block style. In that vein…the Grizzly guide mechanism can be a bit finicky to adjust.

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#9 posted 09-02-2014 03:06 AM

I just purchased and received the G0513ANV 17” saw from Grizzly. Their customer service and tech support are simply GREAT. I had a damaged upper door which they replaced in 4 to 5 days (delivery included). It comes wired for 220v. You must add your own plug to match your wall outlets. I’ve done that and added a 10 foot 12awg extension cord for flexibility.

I am still researching 131 1/2” blades for this machine. (suggestions welcome). Being brand new to bandsaws I have no idea which blade i should select.

-- Steve, New Mexico, USA

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#10 posted 09-02-2014 03:14 AM

The answer is really up to you. What do you plan on doing with it? If only re saw , there are some nice thicker options. If your only cutting shapes you want much thinner.

What you plan to do with it will give you better and more accurate responses.


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#11 posted 09-02-2014 03:14 AM

I have the GS055 anniversary model. It is a smaller bandsaw, but outside of the size I’m not sure how much difference there is between the 14 and 17”. The GS055 is a great saw. After more than 1 year of use, I have no issues with it. I use a carter products blade and it cuts great. When I upgrade my joiner, I plan on buying a grizzly because of my experience with the band saw.

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#12 posted 09-02-2014 10:24 AM

If you posted your question over at, all the G0513 lovers would be telling you to buy any version of the BS.

Cast iron vice aluminum wheels depends upon use both do the job, if commercial shop or due a lot of re-sawing or veneer cutting go with cast iron.

Instructions in the manual recommend getting a licensed electrician to swap voltage from 220 to 110, but provide a wire diagram. If not comfortable hiring an electrician or making the switch yourself go look at 110v BS’s.

Rikon deluxe or Laguna 14-12 might make a better choice if want to stay 110V. JMHOP, think Laguna blades guides easier to adjust.

Good luck!

-- Bill

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#13 posted 09-02-2014 09:10 PM

Cast iron and trunnions are the “must haves”.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#14 posted 09-02-2014 10:16 PM

I have the G0513×2. I wish I had the brake, but $300 extra for that is a bit much. It takes a long time for the blade to stop after you power it down.

For blades, I have an assortment. In addition to the woodslicer in 3/4” width, I have some cheap carbon-steel 1” wide blades that I’ve used for sawing green wood (firewood to lumber). I believe those are Lenox brand.

One issue I’ve had with the saw is that the lower guides are mounted (permanently?) near the limits of the eccentric cam adjusters. So, the guide on one side is almost all the way to the right while the other one is almost all the way to the left. It works, but I wish I had more room for adjustment.

I have a hoard of rough-cut lumber and I really like being able to rip warped boards on the bandsaw, since it would be dangerous on the table saw.


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