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08-04-2013 10:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw question

I am thinking about getting a bandsaw for the shop. I think it would make a lot of my projects easier. My hope would be to be able to make some bandsaw boxes so I believe I will need a large resaw height capacity. So I am looking for suggestions on what I should look for in terms of a minimum height capacity and any other info you would to share. I am not looking to spend a ton of money since this is only going to a hobby tool at this time.



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#1 posted 08-04-2013 10:13 PM

Get the G0555 with the riser kit from Grizzly its a decent saw with good power unless you plan on resawing giant logs.

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#2 posted 08-05-2013 01:24 AM

so what’s your desired budget?

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#4 posted 08-05-2013 01:02 PM

I just sold a Rikon 10-345 same as new hella saw

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 01:21 PM

Look for ShopFox – they are owned by the same company as Grizzly, but sold through a dealer network. I got the W1706 from a local dealer for a better price than Grizzly without the shipping hassles. I was able to see it run, look it over very closely, went home and thought about it for a couple of days, came back and bought it.

It’s positioned as light industrial, but makes a great hobbyist machine.

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 01:55 PM

It would be helpful if you told us your budget.

The idea of resawing your own veneers is nice but unless you have access to highly figured wood and a drum sander then you won’t be doing this as much as you might think.

For most woodworkers, cutting curves and sawing wood for bent laminations, a 14” saw with good blades is fine. I too chose a Grizzly G0555 and have been quite happy with it. The anniversary edition at $445 plus shipping is a good deal.

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#7 posted 08-05-2013 02:32 PM

Thanks for all the great feedback so far. I was hoping to stay around or under the $375 mark but as I am seeing that may not be possible.

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#8 posted 08-05-2013 02:47 PM

OK. I’ll take up the charge, as it hasn’t been mentioned yet. You can easily get something used for that budget. It should not be difficult to find an old Delta 14 inch with accessories like a riser kit. I bough a Ridgid over a year ago for $200. It was in really good shape and I knew I would have to make some upgrades. It isn’t perfect, but it hasn’t disappointed me. I would suggest looking for a plug and play used saw from CL. They are out there!

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#9 posted 08-05-2013 02:48 PM

The 0555LX from Grizz. Riser if ya need it, good blades, careful set-up, and you’re good to go my friend.
Sure do like mine, but darn it, they issued the anniversary black model after I bought mine.

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#10 posted 08-05-2013 09:26 PM

Just an advice, get Italian or USA made saws. Avoid China.

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 01:22 AM

Here’s another vote for Grizzly. I have the G0555X and it’s a fine band saw. It’s a bit out of your range but if you can come up with another 150.00 you can get the G0555LANV 14” Deluxe Bandsaw. It’s a 1hp unit with cast iron wheels and the G0555 series is quality machinery. I used to have a Delta and prefer my Grizzly. Here’s a link to the anniversary series saw.

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#12 posted 08-06-2013 02:18 AM

Obviously, don’t forget Craigslist or another local online selling community! I picked up my Grizzly BS for a touch over 200 dollars…

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#13 posted 08-06-2013 05:14 AM

I agree with everyone else. The Grizzly is a great value saw. If you cant stretch your budget, maybe you can find a used Ridgid 14” saw that will probably suit your needs just fine. If you find you outgrow the saw, the resale on CL will be about the same as what you paid.

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#14 posted 08-06-2013 07:18 PM

Take a look on Jet or Delta 14” saws with 12 inch resaw capacity.

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